MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Gary Trent Jr. scored 17 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors rallied to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 126-113 on Wednesday night.
Fred VanVleet scored 23 points and Precious Achiuwa, Pascal Siakam and Scott Barnes added 17 each. Barnes had nine rebounds.
Ja Morant led Memphis with 23 points and nine assists. Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks finished with 20 points each, and Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke added 16 points each.
Memphis blew a 12-point lead at halftime, first on Achiuwa’s score, then on Trent’s spree in the fourth.
Toronto used a run in the third quarter, driven by Achiuwa who made his first four shots in the fourth, getting the Raptors back in the game. Achiuwa had 17 points in the frame as Toronto edged Memphis 32-21 in the fourth.
That cut Memphis’ lead to 92-91 going into the fourth. That’s when Trent started to connect, hitting five of his eight shots in the fourth, including all three 3-pointers when the Raptors walked away at the end.
Memphis shot well during the first half, but was hampered by untimely turnovers that prevented the Grizzlies from building the lead beyond 14. Still, Memphis’ momentum established a 71-59 at halftime with four players scoring at minus 13 points.
Barnes already had 15 for Toronto.
Raptors: Barnes waved 50 feet when the horn sounded to end the first quarter. … He has won 13 of the last 16 against the Grizzlies. … OG Anunoby missed his fourth game with a pointer on his left hip. C Khem Birch was unconscious with swelling in his right knee. … Both Achiuwa and F Yuta Watanabe were active for the game, the first of the season for Watanabe.
Grizzlies: G / F Dillon Brooks was listed as questionable with right hamstring pain, but started for Memphis. … The Grizzlies 71 points in the first half were the most points against Toronto in the middle of this season. … They outscored Toronto in the first high 26-11, but finished the night with a 40-34 lead.
UNTIL NEXT TIME:
Raptors: Close out a six-game road trip Friday night in Indiana.
Grizzlies: Host Atlanta on Friday night.
© 2021 The Canadian Press