Raptors rest Leonard among others in win
The Toronto Raptors rested Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green and Serge Ibaka in their final game of the preseason.
Their teammates made sure they could enjoy the break with a victory.
Malachi Richardson and Pascal Siakim each scored 21 points, and the Raptors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 134-119 Thursday night to wrap up the preseason with a 4-1 record.
Leonard, Green and Ibaka all played in the Raptors’ game in Montreal on Wednesday night, so they were given a game off with the travel to New Orleans.
Anthony Davis had a game-high 36 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans, who concluded a winless preseason. The Pelicans had everyone available, even though they didn’t get home from a road loss in Miami until after early Thursday morning.
Raptors forward Chris Boucher left the game with just more than eight minutes left after a collision with Davis as both players leapt into the paint for a rebound. Boucher landed horizontally and his head appeared to strike the court. He remained down a couple minutes while he received treatment and needed help walking to the locker room.
Raptors spokesman Roven Yau said after the game that Boucher “passed the NBA concussion protocol and will continued to be monitored.”
RAPTORS 134, PELICANS 119
Davis scored 23 and grabbed eight rebounds by halftime. Siakam had 20 of his 21 points in the first half, and his two free throws with 50.6 seconds left gave Toronto the lead for good at 65-63. Siakam banked in a hook shot with 2.4 seconds left for a 67-64 halftime lead.
JAZZ 132, KINGS 93
Rudy Gobert scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the first half, and Utah cruised to its fifth straight win.
Utah jumped out to a 22-4 lead and extended it to 71-35 by halftime. Gobert was 7-of-8 shooting, Donovan Mitchell scored 13 points in the half and Jae Crowder added 12. It was 101-72 at the end of the third quarter.
Second overall pick Marvin Bagley III led the Kings with 17 points.
CLIPPERS 124, MACCABI HAIFA 76
Boban Marjanovic had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and the Clippers closed out their undefeated preseason schedule.
Los Angeles led 70-35 at halftime behind Marjanovic’s 14 points and eight rebounds, and Montrezl Harrell’s 12 points. The duo combined to make 13 of 15 shots in the half.
Roman Sorkin scored 12 points for Maccabi Haifa.