Damian Lillard

NBA Roundup: Raptors Stage Comeback, Celtics and Bucks Triumph, Kings Beat Cavaliers

November 15, 2023 1:23 pm

In a thrilling showdown, the Toronto Raptors staged an incredible comeback against the Washington Wizards, securing a 111-107 victory with a clutch jump shot by Pascal Siakam just eight seconds before the final buzzer.

Siakam had a season-best 39 points — 29 in the second half — and added 11 rebounds and seven assists. He showcased an outstanding performance as the Raptors fought back from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Scottie Barnes contributed 19 points and nine rebounds to seal the Raptors’ remarkable victory.

The Wizards, despite leading by as much as 23 points early in the third quarter, succumbed to the Raptors’ late-game heroics. Kyle Kuzma’s season-high 34 points wasn’t enough to halt their three-game losing streak. Follow 

Meanwhile, in another heated matchup, the Boston Celtics dominated the visiting New York Knicks with a convincing 114-98 win. Jayson Tatum emerged as the star of the game, scoring 35 points, 17 of which came in a crucial fourth-quarter surge.

Tatum made 13 of his 23 field-goal attempts, displaying remarkable accuracy, leading the Celtics to maintain their flawless 5-0 home record. Jalen Brunson’s 26 points couldn’t stop the Knicks from losing after a three-game winning streak, despite Julius Randle’s commendable 25 points and nine rebounds.

Over in Milwaukee, the Bucks managed to break their two-game skid by defeating the Chicago Bulls 118-109. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 35 points, accompanied by Bobby Portis’ 19 off the bench, powered the Bucks to victory.

Despite Damian Lillard’s struggles with a 3-of-17 shooting performance, the Bucks managed to outpace the Bulls. Nikola Vucevic’s strong showing with 26 points and 12 rebounds wasn’t enough, as the Bulls fell short in their efforts against Milwaukee.

Lastly, the Sacramento Kings triumphed over the Cleveland Cavaliers in a high-scoring affair, securing a 132-120 win. De’Aaron Fox’s return after a five-game absence was instrumental, contributing 28 points and six assists.

Sabonis finished with 23 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds, narrowly missing out on a triple-double, as the Kings completed a flawless 3-0 homestand. Despite a collective effort from the Cavaliers’ starters, led by Donovan Mitchell’s 22 points, they couldn’t overpower the Kings, with Evan Mobley’s 16 points and 12 rebounds falling short in their bid to break the alternating wins and losses streak over seven games.