The Toronto Raptors absolutely dominated the Utah Jazz on Sunday evening, effectively ending the contest before halftime. Who played well individually?
There are a few games every season when things just click for a team. They see a matchup they like offensively (Pascal Siakam vs Royce O’Neale), they have a great defensive gameplan (face-guarding Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic), and they shoot the lights out (Toronto shot 53-percent from 3). All three things lined up for the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night. As a result, they put a whooping on the Utah Jazz.
The Raptors started this game 2-9 from the field. They were moving the ball offensively, generating open looks, and still, just 2-9. The process looked right, but they were down early in the game.
From that eight-minute mark forward, it was a wood-shed beating. The Raptors destroyed the Jazz, finishing the game before the second half even started. It was Toronto’s best all-around performance of the season with everyone on the team contributing in some way or another.
At the break, the Raptors were up 77-37. Toronto shot 60-percent from the field, 68-percent from 3, and recorded 21 first half assists. They posted an offensive rating of 140.1 while the Jazz recorded 12 turnovers and just 13 field goals. There are no profanity-free phrases that can describe that level of dominance.
Utah made a run in the third quarter, posting absurd offensive figures fueled by incredible shooting. With a 40-point cushion displayed on the scoreboard, a lack of attention to detail defensively was only natural. Considering the circumstances, there was little that can be gained from what occurred after halftime.
Everyone played well individually, but who stood out? We take a look with our individual grades.