Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse reacts during second half NBA basketball action against the New Orleans Pelicans in Toronto on Monday, November 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Raptors no longer perfect at home after 126-110 loss to Pelicans

Toronto slips to 12-2 early in NBA season

TORONTO — The New Orleans Pelicans ended Toronto’s perfect record at home, downing the Raptors 126-110 Monday night.

E’Twaun Moore had a season-high 30 points for the Pelicans (7-6) while Jrue Holiday tied a season-high with 29. Anthony Davis had 25.

Pascal Siakam led Toronto (12-2) with 22 points while Kawhi Leonard had 20 and Serge Ibaka 19. It was Siakam’s third straight 20-point game.

Kyle Lowry had just four points on 1-of-9 shooting. Toronto shot just 40.2 per cent from the floor and hit just 13-of-45 three-pointers.

The Raptors came into the game riding a six-game winning streak and boasting the league’s best record. Toronto’s only other loss of the season was a 124-109 decision in Milwaukee on Oct. 29.

The Raptors had won all seven previous home games. Going into Monday’s play, Toronto, Memphis and Milwaukee were the only remaining unbeaten teams at home.

Toronto had won 12 of the last 14 meetings with the Pelicans and swept the last three season series.

Not this night.

Its offence misfiring and defence out of sorts, Toronto trailed by as many as 13 in the third quarter. New Orleans had 56 points in the paint in the first three quarters, compared to 26 for the Raptors.

The deficit was 11 entering the fourth quarter. An early 7-0 run, thanks in part to a pair of Pelican turnovers, narrowed the lead to six. But New Orleans responded with an 8-0 run.

Toronto’s O.G Anunoby ripped off five points with a three-pointer and a steal to cut the lead to nine. New Orleans kept answering, however.

The Pelicans were without a pair of starters in point guard Elfrid Payton and forward Nikola Mirotic, both with sprained ankles.

Payton, the son of Canadian Football Hall of Fame Elfrid Payton Sr., and Mirotic have averaged a combined 32.2 points, 17.7 rebounds and 7.7 assists a game this season.

The only Raptor missing was Norman Powell (shoulder).

Toronto came into the contest third in the league in scoring (117.9 per game) while New Orleans was fourth (117.7). And the scoreboard turned over quickly, thanks in part to some wonky Toronto defence.

Shooting just 40 per cent, the Raptors trailed by five at the half after giving up a season-high 66 points. Ibaka (17) and Leonard (15) accounted for almost half of Toronto’s total.

Ibaka has now scored in double figures in 13 consecutive games, the third-longest streak of his career and longest since 2014.

New Orleans hit four of its first five shots and led by as many six in the first quarter with Toronto missing its first six three-pointers before Siakam finally sank once from distance.

Moore led the visitors with 12 first-quarter points in a back-and-forth first quarter that finished with the Pelicans up by two.

The Raptors were off-target from three-point range, hitting just three of their first 16 attempts from long-range. And Lowry, missing his first five shots of any variety, didn’t get on the scoreboard until 2:43 remaining in the first half when he sank a pair of free throws.

Davis showed off his repertoire with a block, ally-oop dunk and 10 first-half points before picking up a third foul just before halftime.

Toronto’s C.J. Miles did not finish the first half, sidelined by a right adductor strain.

After Toronto tied the game at 70-70 early in the third, New Orleans pulled off a 9-0 run with the Raptors missing six straight shots.

Earlier in the day, Siakam was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, became the eighth player in franchise history to be so honoured. Siakam had a career high 23 points against the Knicks on Saturday, leading the Raptors in scoring for the first time.

The New Orleans season has been one of highs and lows so far. The Pelicans opened with four straight wins before losing six in a row. They arrived in Toronto riding a two-game win streak.

The team has excelled at home (5-1) but struggled on the road (2-5).

Toronto welcomes the Detroit Pistons and former coach Dwane Casey on Wednesday.


Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press



Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives around New Orleans Pelicans forward Wesley Johnson (33) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Monday, November 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Just Posted

Emily Harris (centre) started the in-person Monarch Moms meet-up groups in July, when it was much easier to physical distance in outdoor spaces. Harris started the group as a source of connection for women navigating the ups and downs of having a baby during a pandemic. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Victoria new mom group navigates challenges of motherhood in a pandemic

Monarch Moms meet once a week for physically-distanced connection

Courtenay artist Bill Bolten recently presented Dr. Bonnie Henry with this carving of a yellow warbler. Photo supplied.
Courtenay carver creates gift for Dr. Bonnie Henry

Bill Bolten presented the carving to B.C.’s public health officer in person

Painters Jim Tulip, Doug Mackenzie and Gary Henslowe were painting the exterior of the Duncan Butcher Shop and Apple Press printing shop, located between the Trans Canada Highway and Whistler Street, on Oct. 8 as part of neighbourhood painting project. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Duncan’s Whistler Street sees a fresh lick of paint in opioid battle

Group wants to help clean up community, one street at a time

Maureen Cue, owner of Disguise the Limit costume shop, models – maybe the most obvious – pandemic costume. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Vancouver Island costume expert showcases pandemic-safe Halloween looks

Maureen Cue models the best masked Halloween costumes

NDP Leader John Horgan celebrates his election win in the British Columbia provincial election in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan celebrates projected majority NDP government, but no deadline for $1,000 deposit

Premier-elect says majority government will allow him to tackle issues across all of B.C.

FILE – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Premier John Horgan during a press conference at the BC Transit corporate office following an announcement about new investments to improve transit for citizens in the province while in Victoria on Thursday, July 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Trudeau congratulates Horgan on NDP’s election victory in British Columbia

Final count won’t be available for three weeks due to the record number of 525,000 ballots cast by mail

Comedic actor Seth Rogen, right, and business partner Evan Goldberg pose in this undated handout photo. When actor Seth Rogen was growing up and smoking cannabis in Vancouver, he recalls there was a constant cloud of shame around the substance that still lingers. Rogen is determined to change that. (Maarten de Boer ohoto)
Seth Rogen talks about fighting cannabis stigma, why pot should be as accepted as beer

‘I smoke weed all day and every day and have for 20 years’

Visitors stroll through Goldstream Provincial Park on a calm, crisp Sunday. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
PHOTOS: Visitors flock to Goldstream Provincial Park for 2020 salmon run

‘I wanted to come here before I move back to Australia,’ says visitor

File Photo
Planned power outage in Port Alice Oct. 27

BC Hydro crews to work from midnight to 4 a.m. replacing substation equipment

Greg Duerksen and his family. (gofundme photo)
Firefighter prepares for stem cell transplant

Friends rally to help raise funds for Duerksen family

Legendary Vancouver-based blues and jazz guitarist and vocalist Jim Byrnes will perform live at the Tidemark Theatre in a concert that will also be streamed. Contributed photo
Legendary blues musician and actor Jim Byrnes hits the Island

Playing Campbell River’s Tidemark Theatre for a hybrid live/online show

Conservation officers hope the public can provide information about who shot and left a bull and cow Roosevelt elk near Spruston Road, south of Nanaimo. (Facebook photo)
Pair of Roosevelt elk shot and left in woods south of Nanaimo

Conservation officers hope public can help find who killed the animals near Spruston Road

Most Read