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Raptors end losing streak at nine games

On the even of the trade deadline, Toronto routs the Nuggets 135-111.
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) celebrates with forward Pascal Siakam as the pair is taken out of the game against the Nuggets during the second half Wednesday in Tampa.
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) celebrates with forward Pascal Siakam as the pair is taken out of the game against the Nuggets during the second half Wednesday in Tampa. [ CHRIS O'MEARA ]
Published Mar. 25
Updated Mar. 25

TAMPA — Pascal Siakam scored 27 and the Raptors broke a nine-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 135-111 rout of the Nuggets.

Toronto built a 24-point lead in the first half and shot 50 percent on 3-pointers overall (24-of-48) to win for the first time since Feb. 26.

OG Anunoby scored 18 of his 23 points before halftime for the Raptors, and Norman Powell had 22.

Kyle Lowry, playing perhaps his final game for Toronto on the eve of the trade deadline, finished with eight points, nine assists and five rebounds.

“A lot of people are wondering what’s going to happen. There are a lot of rumors out there,” Siakam said. “When you’re losing, that makes it even worse. My focus was on trying to win a game, and I was trying to block everything else away.”

As for the prospect of breaking up the core of a team that won a championship two years ago, Siakam said: “That’s the NBA. There’s a lot of doubt going on, but there’s not much you can do. It’s kind of out of your control.”

Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray scored 20 points apiece for Denver, which lost for only the third time in 12 games. Michael Porter Jr. added 19 points and eight rebounds.

The Raptors were desperate for a win, having dropped 2½ games outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture with 29 to play.

“The only thing that’s frustrating is if we can’t play our way back into it at the end,” coach Nick Nurse said. “We’re not a million miles away from getting into postseason play.”

DENVER (111): Millsap 5-10 0-0 11, Porter Jr. 7-13 0-0 19, Jokic 8-14 4-4 20, Barton 0-8 0-0 0, Murray 8-17 1-1 20, Bol 2-4 3-5 7, Cancar 1-1 0-0 3, Dozier 2-7 0-0 6, Green 3-8 0-0 6, Nnaji 1-6 5-6 7, Campazzo 2-6 0-0 6, Hampton 1-2 2-2 4, Howard 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 41-98 15-18 111.

TORONTO (135): Anunoby 8-16 2-2 23, Powell 8-12 3-4 22, Siakam 8-16 8-9 27, Lowry 3-5 0-0 8, VanVleet 5-12 4-4 19, Baynes 0-0 0-0 0, Bembry 4-5 1-1 9, Watanabe 0-0 0-0 0, Boucher 2-5 3-3 7, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Davis 1-2 0-0 2, Flynn 0-4 0-0 0, Thomas 2-4 0-0 6, Watson 4-7 0-0 12. Totals 45-89 21-23 135.

Denver 30 24 27 30 — 111

Toronto 38 34 26 37 — 135

3-Point Goals—Denver 14-43 (Porter Jr. 5-6, Murray 3-5, Campazzo 2-5, Dozier 2-5, Millsap 1-4, Bol 0-2, Jokic 0-2, Barton 0-3, Nnaji 0-4, Green 0-5), Toronto 24-48 (Anunoby 5-9, VanVleet 5-9, Watson 4-7, Powell 3-4, Siakam 3-7, Thomas 2-2, Lowry 2-3, Flynn 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Denver 46 (Jokic 10), Toronto 45 (Siakam 8). Assists—Denver 25 (Murray 7), Toronto 31 (Lowry 9). Total Fouls—Denver 18, Toronto 21. A—1,578 (20,500)