Toronto Raptors: Grades on top performers in 118-133 loss to Nuggets

OG Anunoby shines in a loss to the Nuggets last Monday - image credit- Clutchpoints / Flickr
OG Anunoby shines in a loss to the Nuggets last Monday - image credit- Clutchpoints / Flickr

The Toronto Raptors suffered their third consecutive loss after falling to the Denver Nuggets.

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The Toronto Raptors suffered their third consecutive loss after falling to the Denver Nuggets, 133-118, on Monday at Pepsi Center.

The Raptors kept it interesting through the first three-and-half quarters but the home team pulled away in the final five minutes of the game. The Nuggets capitalized on Toronto’s lack of interior presence as they outmuscled the Raptors in the battle for the boards, 41-36, and outgunned them from the rainbow territory with 18 triples made.

Nikola Jokic recorded a monster triple-double game with 23 points, 18 rebounds, and 11 assists, while Jamal Murray tallied 22 points. Six more Nuggets players scored in double figures, giving the home team a balanced offensive attack against the Raptors.

But we’re here to grade the top-5 performing Raptors of the night. And here it goes.

1

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (C+)

RHJ played within his role of stopping the opposing team’s best perimeter player. Sadly, he still failed to contain the Nuggets’ wingmen as Jeremi Grant and Gary Harris lit him up with 16 and 15 points, respectively. He recorded 9 points on 3-for-6 shooting with 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in under 25 minutes.

2

Pascal Siakam (B-)

Siakam had another cold shooting night as he finished with 16 points on 6-for-21 shooting and 1-for-7 from the three-point line. Although he still stuffed the stats sheet with 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 block, he was just -13 on the floor – a bad sign for any go-to-guy.

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