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Raptors’ 53-point win is NBA’s biggest of season

Toronto beats the Warriors 130-77 for its second win in 15 games.
Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) follows through on a dunk against the Warriors during the first half Friday in Tampa.
Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) follows through on a dunk against the Warriors during the first half Friday in Tampa. [ CHRIS O'MEARA | AP ]
Published Apr. 3
Updated Apr. 3

TAMPA — Pascal Siakam scored 36 points in three quarters on his 27th birthday, and the Raptors routed the Warriors 130-77 Friday, the 53-point margin of victory the largest in the NBA this year.

Toronto shot 53.4 percent in the game and won for just the second time in 15 games.

“Losing is not fun, and anything that lifts us out of that is good,” said Siakam. “The hardest thing to do when you’re losing is to stay together, and that’s what we’ve been trying to do.”

The Raptors pushed their lead to 61 points when Malachi Flynn hit a short jump shot with 6:29 remaining.

Gary Trent Jr. finished with 24 points, and OG Anunoby had 21. Flynn put up 16 points, five rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes.

“I know it wasn’t much of a game tonight,” said Toronto coach Nick Nurse, “but it was good to see improvement on some of the things we’ve been.”

The 53-point win was two points higher than the final margin of the Mavericks’ 124-73 win over the Clippers on Dec. 27. The last time an NBA game was decided by more: Dec. 8, 2018, when Boston beat Chicago 133-57.

The margin of victory was the largest in Raptors history, the previous being a 46-point win over the Pacers last season. It was the third-biggest loss in Warriors history. They lost by 63 to the Lakers in 1972, then lost a playoff game to the Lakers by 56 points the next season.

Andrew Wiggins led Golden State with 15 points, all in the first half. It was the seventh loss in eight games for the Warriors, who played without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, a late scratch with a left finger injury. Curry was sidelined by a tailbone injury for the sixth time in eight games.

“You turn to the bench and it’s next guy up,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Injuries are no excuse.”

The Warriors shot 32.9 percent and had 21 turnovers.

— By DICK SCANLON

GOLDEN STATE (77): Toscano-Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Wiggins 5-9 4-4 15, Wiseman 4-11 0-0 9, Oubre Jr. 3-11 1-1 9, Poole 3-15 1-2 10, Bazemore 1-4 1-2 3, Lee 1-4 0-0 3, Looney 0-0 0-0 0, Paschall 3-9 2-2 9, Smailagic 2-3 1-2 6, Mannion 3-7 4-5 10, Mulder 1-6 0-0 3. Totals 26-79 14-18 77.

TORONTO (130): Anunoby 8-12 3-4 21, Siakam 14-24 4-4 36, Boucher 2-4 5-5 10, Trent Jr. 8-14 2-2 24, VanVleet 2-5 2-2 7, Baynes 2-3 1-2 5, Watanabe 3-6 0-1 6, Johnson 0-6 0-0 0, Bembry 1-2 3-4 5, Flynn 7-12 1-1 16. Totals 47-88 21-25 130.

Golden State 26 16 14 21 — 77

Toronto 27 35 46 22 — 130

3-Point Goals—Golden State 11-34 (Poole 3-9, Oubre Jr. 2-4, Lee 1-2, Wiseman 1-2, Paschall 1-3, Wiggins 1-3, Mulder 1-6, Mannion 0-3), Toronto 15-35 (Trent Jr. 6-9, Siakam 4-9, Anunoby 2-4, Boucher 1-2, VanVleet 1-3, Flynn 1-4, Johnson 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Golden State 38 (Oubre Jr. 7), Toronto 53 (Watanabe 8). Assists—Golden State 18 (Looney, Mannion 3), Toronto 26 (Flynn, Siakam 5). Total Fouls—Golden State 18, Toronto 17. A—3,085 (20,500)