Raptors end skid with win over Grizzlies

Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:27pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Toronto Raptors made no moves as the NBA trade deadline approached and passed. The Memphis Grizzlies were busy.

It looked that way on Sunday.

The Raptors played like a team that has stayed together and defeated the Grizzlies 98-85 led by 21 points from guard DeMar DeRozan.

A combination of trades and injuries had the Grizzlies in full regrouping mode.

"We really battled our tails off," Grizzlies coach David Joerger said. "We keep playing hard, we're going to find ourselves in position to win games. For having a group that's just coming together in the last 48 hours, to go 1-1 this weekend (including a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday), that's pretty good."

Guard Kyle Lowry added 18 points and seven assists for the Raptors (36-18), who had lost their previous two games.

"I thought the defense was in the game," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "Everyone's knees were bent, down in the stance, ready to play and out of vacation mode."

Forward Zach Randolph scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Grizzlies (32-23), who had won their two previous games.

The Raptors took a 10-point lead after three quarters and increased that to 14 in the fourth quarter.   Continued...

Feb 21, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross (31) drives to the basket between Memphis Grizzlies forwards Brandan Wright (34) and Zach Randolph (50) in the second half of the Raptors 98-85 win  at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports