The Raptors were down from square one on Monday in New Orleans, as the Pelicans took a decent lead – added on a 9-0 run right out of halftime to make it a huge lead – and ran Toronto out of their gym, winning 120-90.
While the offense was an issue, this game was lost for the Raptors based on defensive effort.
VanVleet led the Raptors with 20 points, but left the game in the third quarter with knee soreness.
Down 22-8, the Raptors got a boost from VanVleet, who scored seven of a 9-0 Toronto run to get the game back within a pair of possessions. A 9-0 run for the Pelicans put their lead out of reach, as the Raptors starting unit once again looked lackadaisical together.