Raptors beat Rockets 94-83 in first NBA scrimmage

Orlando, Jul 25 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/25/2020 12:05:58 PM IST

Serge Ibaka scored 18 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 94-83 victory against the Houston Rockets in a NBA Season Restart Scrimmage in Orlando.

The Rockets led, 75-72, with 9:18 to play in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors went on a 22-4 run over the next six and half minutes to take control.
Ibaka took advantage of his extended action with Marc Gasol (rest) not playing. He shot 8-of-10 from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and had three rebounds. 
Ibaka and Pascal Siakam (13 points, five rebounds) controlled the paint against Houston’s small-ball scheme, as Toronto out-rebounded Houston, 43-38. Terence Davis also contributed 15 points off the bench.
James Harden led the Rockets with 24 points and 10 assists while going 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. Russell Westbrook played only 18 minutes but finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Danuel House Jr. also tallied 18 points and six rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench.
Both teams will hit the court again on Sunday. The Raptors will square off against the Portland Trail Blazers, while the Rockets will face the Memphis Grizzlies.
76ers top Grizzlies 90-83: Ben Simmons posted nine points - shooting 4-of-9 from the field - nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 90-83 scrimmage win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.
Tobias Harris had a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) while Joel Embiid scored 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting.
The Sixers took control of the game in opening half, outscoring the Grizzlies by double figures in the first and second quarters to take a 54-28 half-time lead. Memphis battled back in the third quarter, reducing their deficit 10 points at the start of the final period but Philadelphia held on for the win.
Jonas Valanciunas led the Grizzlies with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Anderson, Brandon Clarke and Jaren Jackson Jr were double-figure scorers. Rookie of the year favourite Ja Morant supplied seven points and eight assists.
Thunder beat Celtics 94-84: The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Boston Celtics, 98-84.  
Oklahoma City won all four individual quarters in this game. The Thunder shot 52% from the field and 33% from 3-point range while holding the Celtics to 44% from the field and 21% from long range. Oklahoma City also won the defensive rebounding battle, 34-24, while out-blocking Boston, 5-1.  
The Thunder were led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who tallied 17 points, three rebounds and two assists. Steven Adams matched those 17 points, adding seven rebounds to his line on 8-of-11 shooting. Abdel Nader was the only other player in double figures, leading the bench with 11 points.  The Celtics had just one player reach double figures in scoring, with Enes Kanter providing 11 points and 10 boards off the bench. Jaylen Brown led the starters with nine points and three rebounds. Daniel Theis totaled eight points, three rebounds and three assists. No player played more than 18 minutes for Boston.  

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