National Basketball Association
New Orleans 120, Toronto 90
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, February 14, 2022
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
#11 Derrick Collins, #58 Josh Tiven, #53 John Butler
CJ McCollum scored 23 points as the host New Orleans Pelicans dominated the Toronto Raptors from start to finish in a 120-90 victory Monday night.
Jonas Valanciunas added 18 points, Jaxson Hayes scored 14, and Herbert Jones and Garrett Temple had 11 each. Brandon Ingram had 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, falling two assists shy of what would have been his first career double-double after sitting out the fourth quarter.
The Pelicans shot 58.4 percent from the floor, including 45.7 percent on 3-pointers. McCollum led the way by making 9 of 13 field-goal attempts, including 5 of 8 3-pointers, as New Orleans won for the first time in three games since acquiring him from Portland in a trade last Tuesday.
Fred VanVleet scored 20, Pascal Siakam added 18 and Chris Boucher had 15 to lead the Raptors, who lost their second straight game after an eight-game winning streak. Toronto shot 30.5 percent from the floor, including 23.5 percent on 3-pointers.
McCollum had five points and an assist as New Orleans scored the first nine points of the third quarter to open a 69-44 lead.
VanVleet made three 3-pointers for Toronto's first field goals of the period, but that got them within just 20 points.
The Pelicans led by as many as 26 points before holding a 94-69 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Valanciunas scored six points and McCollum had five as the Pelicans took a 15-4 lead against the cold-shooting Raptors.
The lead grew to 14 before VanVleet scored seven points to help Toronto pull within five points.
New Orleans scored the final seven points to take a 29-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Pelicans scored the first five points of the second quarter and led by 17 on two other occasions before the Raptors made a push.
Khem Birch's dunk cut the lead to 12, but McCollum and Devonte' Graham each made a 3-pointer as New Orleans took a 60-44 halftime lead.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Fred VanVleet 20
CJ McCollum 23
OG Anunoby 2
Brandon Ingram 8
Khem Birch 6
Brandon Ingram 11
Chris Boucher 9
||Free Throws Made
Jonas Valanciunas 6
Khem Birch 2
CJ McCollum 2
OG Anunoby 1
Brandon Ingram 2
Team Stats Summary
New Orleans will play their next game at home against Memphis. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .409 after a win and .400 after a loss.
Toronto will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Raptors have a W/L % of .562 after a win and .542 after a loss.