NBA: Second-half surge carries Raptors past Grizzlies

Field Level Media via Reuters

Posted at Nov 25 2021 01:38 PM

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) reacts after a basket against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Petre Thomas, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) reacts after a basket against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Petre Thomas, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters


Gary Trent Jr. scored 17 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter as the visiting Toronto Raptors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 126-113, on Wednesday night.

Precious Achiuwa scored all of his 17 of his in the third quarter to lead a comeback that raised the Raptors' record to 2-3 on their current six-game road trip.

Fred VanVleet added 23 points for the Raptors, and Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam contributed 17 points apiece.

Ja Morant had 23 points and nine assists for the Grizzlies, who had won three of their previous four. Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane added 20 points each, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke added 16 each and Kyle Anderson had 11.

The Grizzlies, who led by as many as 14 points in the first half, held a one-point edge going into the fourth quarter as Achiuwa made three 3-pointers in the third period.

Clarke gave Memphis a five-point lead on a jumper and free throw with 8:49 remaining in the contest. Toronto came back to take a one-point lead on Trent's 9-footer.

Bane's two free throws put Memphis ahead by two, but when Trent hit a 3-pointer with 5:44 to play, Toronto led by two. The Raptors took over and led by 11 points after Trent made two free throws with 3:26 to play.

The Grizzlies held a 32-25 lead after the first quarter. Barnes beat the buzzer with a 42-foot 3-pointer to end the period.

The Memphis lead was trimmed to four when Barnes scored a basket with 3:39 to play in the half, but Memphis scored the next six points. VanVleet's layup completed the first-half scoring with Memphis leading 71-59.

Toronto scored the first seven points of the third quarter. Barnes tied the game at 76 on a dunk with 7:03 remaining in the third. Ziaire Williams made one of two free throws in the final second to give Memphis a 92-91 lead after three quarters.

The Raptors were without OG Anunoby (hip pointer) and Khem Birch (knee).