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Raptors battle back against Grizzlies for fifth straight win
Friday, December 08, 2017
Final Score: TORONTO 116, MEMPHIS 107
 
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points as the Toronto Raptors rallied to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-107 on Friday night at FedExForum.

Toronto (16-7) won its fifth straight.

Serge Ibaka scored 21 points and Kyle Lowry finished with 16 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals for the Raptors. DeRozan added seven rebounds and six assists.

Memphis (8-17) led by as many as 17 points in the first half, but the lead was down to five points by the break.

The Grizzlies carried a 93-92 advantage into the fourth quarter. But after a layup by Andrew Harrison (seven assists, six points) with 10:06 left, Memphis went 5:40 without a field goal.

Tyreke Evans led the Grizzlies with 27 points. Marc Gasol finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Chandler Parsons had 15 points, four rebounds and two blocks off the bench.

The Raptors shot 47.4 percent from the floor and went 13 of 31 from 3-point range for 41.9 percent. Memphis shot 50 percent from the field while going 9 of 27 from distance for 33.3 percent.

Toronto beat Memphis 41-14 on fast-break points.

The Grizzlies led 62-57 at halftime, but Ibaka paced the individual scoring with 18 points.

NOTES: Toronto PG Kyle Lowry entered the game sixth in the NBA in assists with 7.1 per game. SG DeMar DeRozan was 15th in the league in scoring at 23.3 points per game. ... Memphis has added Greg Buckner as an assistant coach. Bucker worked with interim Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff when both were on the Houston Rockets' staff. "He understands the cheat codes and defensive development of young guys and can accelerate it with his knowledge," Bickerstaff said. ... During the second quarter, Grizzlies G Ben McLemore was alone on a fast break and attempted a 360-dunk that bounced high off the back iron and nearly went out of bounds. At the next timeout, Bickerstaff sat him down. ... Memphis C Marc Gasol and G Tyreke Evans picked up technical fouls in the fourth quarter.

 
 
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