NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Toronto 24 34 26 29 113
Sacramento 23 27 17 28 95
7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)04:0022:00 ET9:00 PM CTNaN:� , January 25, 2023
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California  Attendance: 17,767

Latest test for surging Kings will come from Raptors

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Toronto Raptors at Sacramento Kings

  1. The Kings beat the Raptors in Toronto last month, 124-123, their second win in the last 11 meetings between these teams. Toronto has won each of its last five visits to Sacramento after going 3-17 in its first 20 games there.
  2. The Raptors snapped their three-game losing streak with a 125-116 win over the Knicks on Sunday. It marked their sixth 120-point game this month (in 12 games) after having six between October and December (in 36 games).
  3. Fred VanVleet led Toronto with 28 points in the win, his fourth straight 25-point game, the second-longest such streak of his career (5 from 12/14/21 to 1/4/22). He is averaging 31.3 points and 7.0 assists while going 26-for-26 on free throws during the four-game stretch.
  4. Sacramento posted its largest win of the season with a 133-100 victory over Memphis on Monday. The Kings are 7-1 with a +124-scoring margin in their last eight games, their best in any eight-game span since November 2003 (+143).
  5. Domantas Sabonis had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in the win, notching his sixth triple-double of the year. That is tied with Rajon Rondo in 2015-16 for the most by any Kings player since the team moved to Sacramento in 1985-86.
  6. Harrison Barnes is one of three players averaging at least 20.0 points per game while shooing at least 50.0 percent from both the field and from three this month, along with Desmond Bane and Nikola Jokic.

The Sacramento Kings boast a pair of All-Star candidates in De'Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis, but reserve forward Trey Lyles might hold the key to their future success.

The surging Kings have won seven of eight heading into Wednesday's matchup against the visiting Toronto Raptors. Following a breakout game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Lyles will likely figure prominently in the Raptors' scouting report.

The eight-year pro was 6 of 8 from 3-point range and finished with a season-high 24 points in the Kings' 133-100 victory over Memphis on Monday.

Sacramento's reserve lineups have struggled at times on the defensive end, but Lyles has made a positive impact since moving into the rotation last month. He had six rebounds and a season-high three blocked shots against the Grizzlies.

"He's going to bust his behind (defensively)," Kings coach Mike Brown said. "He's going to use his length. He's not afraid to get hit in the nose. He's going to try to rebound and he's going to get out and run. All those things get contagious. And so we need his presence because he's not afraid, because he has a great feel, because he's going to play so hard, because he's going to try to finish the play with a rebound."

Sacramento will need that intensity against Toronto, which is beginning a season-high seven-game trip against Western Conference opponents.

The Raptors had two days off after splitting back-to-back games against the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks over the weekend.

Fred VanVleet scored 28 points and Gary Trent Jr. had 24 to help Toronto snap a three-game losing streak with a 125-116 win over the Knicks on Sunday.

"I thought we were just sharp and assertive," said VanVleet. "I thought we just came out with a good focus and intensity. We gotta find ways to increase that consistently throughout the game, but for the most part, I thought we were pretty sharp and pretty together."

VanVleet returned after sitting out one game because of soreness in his right ribs. Toronto played without forward O.G. Anunoby (sore right ankle), who is listed as day-to-day.

Trent is averaging 22.3 points and shooting 40.8 percent from 3-point range over his last 15 games for the Raptors, who are 6-15 on the road this season.

Coach Nick Nurse is hoping to see improvement across the board during his team's lengthy road trip.

"The defense has fallen back. We've been talking about that around here quite a bit," Nurse said. "There's a lot of areas that need shoring up. The list is long. We're getting through it. But we expect to get through it. There's a lot of basketball to be played yet. The guys in that room can play it."

Toronto is looking to avenge a 124-123 loss to Sacramento on Dec. 14, when Fox finished with 27 points and 10 assists. The Kings attempted 46 3-pointers in the win, and the team has continued to rely on its perimeter game throughout the season.

Guard Kevin Huerter has made an immediate impact in his first season with Sacramento, averaging 15.5 points per game while shooting 41.4 percent from beyond the arc.

After winning just 30 games last year, the Kings are in third place in the Western Conference and appear primed to make their first playoff appearance since 2006.

"We're having some fun," Brown said. "But we've got a lot of season left."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 24, 2023

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