Toronto Raptors locked horns with Phoenix Suns at Air Canada Centre on Sunday night. DeMar DeRozan was up against Brandon Knight. The Raptors at home started slowly and the Suns led 21-18 at the end of the first quarter. The Suns continued to lead in the keenly contested game and finally won 107-102 to improve to 8-9.
The Suns lost center Tyson Chandler during their defeat in the hands of defending champions Golden State Warriors on Friday. He left with an injured hamstring and was replaced by Alex Len. Eric Bledsoe and Knight teamed up in Suns’ back-court. Bledsoe has done everything for his side this season. He is leading the Suns in terms of scoring with 22.7 points per game. Brandon Knight chipped in with 21.7 points per game and both guards are tied in assists, 5.9 per game.
Phoenix has extended their lead to 40-33 in the second quarter. The Raptors are badly missing the services of injured Jonas Valanciunas.
The Suns went into the game with 7-9 win-record and looked desperate to win on the roads. The Raptors fought neck-to-neck in the second quarter to reduce the extent of the lead. The Suns lead 32-31 in the phase.
At Half Time: Suns lead 53-49.
Post half time the game turned out to be a cracker of a contest.
At the end of the third quarter, Suns extended their lead to 81-72.
The Raptors bounced back in the final quarter to reduce the margin, but the Suns managed to hold on. The only session of the game where the Raptors led 30-26.
Final Score: 107-102.
Toronto starters: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Luis Scola, Bismack Biyombo.
Phoenix starters: Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris, Alex Len.