Melbourne United was no match for the Toronto Raptors. Picture: Vaughn Ridley/Getty
Melbourne United was no match for the Toronto Raptors. Picture: Vaughn Ridley/Getty

NBL champs humbled in Raptors thrashing

THE Toronto Raptors rested stars Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and CJ Miles but still had too much firepower for an off-target Melbourne United.

The Raptors, in the latest game of the NBL-NBA exhibition series, crushed United 120-82 in Toronto on Friday (Saturday AEST).

United collapsed in the third quarter.

They shot just 35 per cent from the field for the game and 15 per cent from behind the three-point line.

The NBL squad trailed by only one point midway through the second quarter but the Raptors found another gear, went on a 21-8 run and entered half-time up 57-39.

United had no answer in the second half, with the Raptors outscoring the Australians 44-19 to take a 101-58 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The Raptors relied on 208cm tall forward Serge Ibaka, 213cm centre Jonas Valanciunas and a red-hot Norman Powell, who had 21 points - connecting with eight of his 11 field goal attempts - before limping off the court after suffering a thigh bruise in a collision with United guard Chris Goulding.

Powell's injury led to court time for the Raptors' Australian rookie Deng Adel, who's fighting for a place on the roster.

Adel showed off his skills with sweet moves and 13 points, sinking all five field goal attempts in 16 minutes on the court.

Goulding had 17 points but hit just two of eight three-point attempts.

The game wraps up United's North American tour.

They showed more resistance last week in falling to Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers 104-84.


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