Siakam scores season-high 39, Raptors overcome 23-point deficit to beat Wizards

Washington Wizards guard Bilal Coulibaly (0) goes up for a layup while defended by Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes, right, during first-half NBA basketball action in Toronto, Monday, Nov. 13, 2023. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored a season-high 39 points and the Toronto Raptors overcame a 23-point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards 111-107 on Monday night.

Siakam sparked Toronto’s comeback with 22 points in the third quarter. He finished with 11 rebounds.


Washington’s Kyle Kuzma scored a season-high 34 points but turned the ball over out of bounds after Siakam’s late basket gave Toronto its first lead since the opening quarter.

Washington led 107-95 with 5:47 left to play in the fourth quarter but didn’t score again. The Wizards lost Sunday in Brooklyn, giving up a late 15-0 run after they led by five.

Scottie Barnes scored 19 points, Jakob Poeltl had 13 and Precious Achiuwa added 10 as the Raptors won their third straight over Washington.

Toronto’s Dennis Schroder shot 1 for 12 from the field but made a pair of key free throws with two seconds left to seal the win. Schroder finished with four points.

Daniel Gafford and Jordan Poole each scored 14 points for Washington while Tyus Jones, Corey Kispert and Bilal Coulibaly each had 10. The Wizards have lost seven of eight.

Toronto’s Chris Boucher dunked with 2:59 left in the fourth to make it 107-103, and Barnes cut the gap to two points with a driving basket with 1:29 remaining.

Barnes stole Deni Avdija’s errant pass and fed Boucher for the game-tying basket with 51 seconds left, leading to a Wizards timeout.

Raptors forward O.G. Anunoby was unavailable because of a cut finger on his right hand while guard Gary Trent Jr. sat for the second straight game because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

Anunoby cut himself working at home on Sunday’s off day. Former Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. started in Anunoby’s place.

Washington rested forward Danilo Galinari on the second night of a back-to-back, while former Raptor Delon Wright sat for the second straight game because of a sprained left knee. Wright left Friday’s loss to Charlotte and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

Kuzma’s four-point play in the final seconds of the first half gave Washington a 64-45 edge at the break.

Toronto shot 0 for 6 from long range in the second quarter and had more shot clock violations (three) than made 3-pointers (two) in the opening half.

Celtics claim 114-98 win over the Knicks

BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 35 points, Jaylen Brown added 22 and Kristaps Porzingis had 21 on Monday night against the team that drafted him to lead the Boston Celtics to a 114-98 victory over the New York Knicks.

Tatum scored 17 in the fourth quarter, when Boston turned a 91-88 edge into a 17-point lead. After missing seven of his first eight 3-point attempts, he hit four straight in the last eight minutes, one on a 4-point play after the Knicks cut the deficit to three points.

Jalen Brunson scored 26 points and Julius Randle had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who had won three in a row since opening the season 2-4, including a loss to Boston in their opener.

New York was without RJ Barrett, who missed the second night of a back-to-back with a migraine headache.

The Knicks led by eight with 75 seconds left in the second quarter before Boston made three straight baskets, scoring nine of the last 11 points of the half and cutting it to 53-52 on Brown’s 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Boston led by as many as 10 late in the third quarter, but the Knicks closed to 91-88 when Brunson hit a long 3 with eight minutes left. Tatum answered with a step-back 3 and drew the foul, giving Boston a 95-88 lead. Jrue Holiday hit a 3 to make it a 10-point game.

Holiday surpassed 15,000 points for his career with a third-quarter 3-pointer.

Tatum was called for a technical for arguing about a foul call with about five minutes left in the game.

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