National Basketball Association
Toronto 105, New Orleans 101
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 9, 2022
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Officials: #15 Zach Zarba, #50 Gediminas Petraitis, #27 Mitchell Ervin
Attendance: 0

Fred VanVleet made two 3-pointers in the final two minutes and finished with 32 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting New Orleans Pelicans 105-101 Sunday night.

Pascal Siakam added 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who extended their season-best winning streak to six games. OG Anunoby contributed 12 points.

Brandon Ingram scored 22 points for the Pelicans. Teammate Jonas Valanciunas, playing in Toronto for the first time since being traded by the Raptors to the Memphis Grizzlies on Feb. 7, 2019, added 20 points and 17 rebounds. Herbert Jones scored 13 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Devonte Graham each chipped in 11.

Toronto had an 11-point second-quarter lead shrink to one at halftime, and it took a two-point advantage into the fourth quarter.

The Raptors built a nine-point lead with 7:41 to play on Siakam's 3-pointer, Anunoby's 17-footer and VanVleet's 3-pointer. New Orleans answered with a 7-0 run capped by two free throws by Valanciunas with 5:01 remaining.

The game was tied with four minutes to play when Valanciunas made a layup. New Orleans led by three points on a 3-pointer by Jones with 2:26 to play.

VanVleet answered with two straight 3-pointers, and Toronto led by three points with 1:32 remaining. Ingram's layup cut the lead to one, but Chris Boucher made a layup with 55.6 seconds left and Khem Bouncher made 1-of-2 free throws with 5.7 seconds left.

Toronto led 27-26 after 12 minutes and opened the second quarter on an 11-2 run. Shortly thereafter, the Pelicans answered with a 14-0 surge. Anunoby finished the first-half scoring with a tip dunk to give Toronto a 49-48 lead.

The Pelicans tied the game at 60 on Garrett Temple's layup with 8:01 to play in the third quarter. Toronto opened a 10-point lead with 2:43 left in the period, but the Pelicans went on an 8-0 run to trim the lead to 79-77 after three quarters.

Toronto was without Gary Trent Jr. (ankle injury) and Yuta Watanabe (COVID-19 protocol).

New Orleans was without Josh Hart (undisclosed).

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
New Orleans   Toronto
Brandon Ingram 22 Scoring Fred VanVleet 32
Garrett Temple 6 Assists Pascal Siakam 7
Jonas Valanciunas 17 Rebounds Pascal Siakam 10
Brandon Ingram 9 Free Throws Made Pascal Siakam 10
Jose Alvarado 1 Steals Chris Boucher 2
Nickeil Alexander-Walker 1 Blocks Precious Achiuwa 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Orleans 101 45.3 12-33 21-25 20 35 5 5 13
Toronto 105 42.4 14-34 19-20 18 46 3 8 13
Upcoming Games
  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Phoenix. The Raptors have a W/L % of .550 after a win and .529 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .286 after a win and .385 after a loss.