Jazz vs Raptors – Match Recap – January 7th, 2022


TORONTO – – Fred VanVleet had 37 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his first career triple-double, OG Anunoby scored 22 points and the Toronto Raptors overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the disadvantaged Jazz digital 122-108 Friday night, ending Utah’s 10-game winning streak on the road.

Pascal Siakam scored 17 points, Chris Boucher had 13, Scottie Barnes had 11 and Gary Trent Jr. added 10 as the Raptors extended their winning streak to five and ended a three-game losing streak against Jazz.

Eric Paschall scored a career-high 29 points, Elijah Hughes set a career-high 26 and Jared Butler scored 17 for the exhausted Jazz, who didn’t have eight regulars.

VanVleet has scored 30 or more goals five times in the last seven games.

He scored 24 points in the third quarter, when he shot 8 for 8, made his three 3-point attempts and had three rebounds, three assists and two steals. He scored 17 consecutive points in Toronto at once.

VanVleet completed his triple-double with a lob assist to Precious Achiuwa with 2:01 left in the fourth.

Utah came 14-3 away, tied with Brooklyn for the NBA’s best road record. It was Utah’s first road loss since Orlando defeated them 107-100 on Nov. 7.

Absent from Utah included Rody Gobert and Joe Ingles, who are part of the health and safety protocols. Donovan Mitchell (back), Mike Conley (right knee) and Bojan Bogdanovic (left finger) did not make the trip to Toronto.

Other absences included Rudy Gay (right heel), Royce O’Neale (right knee) and Jordan Clarkson (back).

Hassan Whiteside returned for the Jazz after missing the previous three games while in concussion protocol.

Forward Danuel House and center Norvel Pelle each made their jazz debut after signing hardship contracts 10 days earlier in the week.

Paschall scored 17 points in the first quarter, eclipsing his previous season’s record of 13 points, and Malik Fitts conceded a 3 at midfield as Utah took a 40-25 lead after one.

Toronto shot 2 for 11 with 3 points in the first, then 3 for 15 from a distance in the second. Jazz led 62-49 at halftime.

A Hughes 3 gave Utah an 84-70 lead with 4:43 left in the third, but VanVleet responded with a 15-0 run, giving Toronto their first lead since the game’s opening basket. VanVleet scored 17 straight points for the Raptors and finished the quarter with a long 3 as Toronto took a 94-92 lead in the fourth.

ADVICE

Jazz: Blow 7 for 13 from a range of 3 points in the first quarter. … Hughes shot 7 for 12 on 3 points, the two best scores in his career, and added eight rebounds.

Raptors: F Svi Mykhailiuk returned after missing the previous two games while in health and safety protocols. … F Yuta Watanabe (health and safety protocols) missed his third consecutive game. … Toronto signed a second 10-day difficulty contract with F DJ Wilson.

FOLLOWING

Jazz: Visit Indiana on Saturdays.

Raptors: Hosts New Orleans Sunday.

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