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DeRozan scores 25, leads Raptors over Pelicans 125-116

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Toronto Raptors were pummeled in the paint and turned the ball over too often.

The way DeMar DeRozan and crew were shooting, it didn't matter.

DeRozan scored 25 points and the Raptors shot 59 percent from the floor to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-116 on Wednesday night.

Toronto made 47 percent of its 3-point attempts, and seven Raptors had at least 10 points. Among them were Kyle Lowry with 22, Jonas Valanciunas with 21 and C.J. Miles at 17.

''Coaches are preaching, `When you've got open looks, take them and be aggressive in all the things you do,''' Lowry said.

Miles made five 3-pointers and Lowry had four. DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet each had two.

''They were hot,'' Pelicans guard Jameer Nelson said. ''We had some breakdowns and they made us pay. On offense we're just as good as anyone, but on defense we have to get better.''

DeMarcus Cousins scored 25 points for the Pelicans, and Anthony Davis had 19. New Orleans outscored Toronto 64-42 in the paint and won the turnover battle 21-14 but couldn't slow the Raptors' sharp-shooters.

''Our rotations were bad,'' Cousins said. ''Communication was pretty bad. We let guys that are known shooters get wide open shots, so that's on us. We were a bit limited tonight.''

The Raptors won for the fourth time in five games. The Pelicans lost for the second time in their last seven games.

Toronto turned a one-point halftime edge into a 98-86 lead after three quarters, boosted by DeRozan's 11 points.

Lowry scored on an offensive rebound and Miles made a 3-pointer as Toronto extended the lead to 110-93 early in the fourth.

''I'm being assertive,'' said Miles, who has made 12 of 28 3-pointers in the last four games. ''Guys are looking for me and we're moving the basketball, which is creating openings. If (opponents) are going to give me space I'm going to make them pay.''

The Pelicans led by 14 points in the first quarter. Pascal Siakam scored 10 points, all on layups, as Toronto took a 45-42 lead early in the second quarter.

Jrue Holiday scored eight points as New Orleans regained the lead before Lowry made a 3-pointer that gave the Raptors a 64-63 halftime advantage.

TIP-INS

Raptors: The Raptors were playing the back end of their first set of back-to-back games this season, having won at Houston on Tuesday. ... The Raptors defeated the Pelicans 122-118 last Thursday in Toronto. ... G Norman Powell missed his second consecutive game because of a hip pointer. ... Toronto made all 14 of its free throws.

Pelicans: G/F Tony Allen missed his third consecutive game because of knee soreness. ... New Orleans shot 50.5 percent from the floor, its franchise-record fifth consecutive game of shooting better than 50 percent. ... Cousins and Davis both committed two fouls in the first quarter and finished with five each. ... New Orleans made 19 of 20 free throws.

RONDO STARTS

Pelicans G Rajon Rondo made his first start of the season. He returned from preseason surgery to repair a core muscle injury to make his debut against Atlanta on Monday, coming off the bench to play five minutes. Against the Raptors he played 14 minutes and had four points and eight assists.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Home vs. New York on Friday night.

Pelicans: At Denver on Friday night.

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Key Players
D. DeRozan
10 G
D. Cousins
0 C
38.0 Min. Per Game 38.0
28.2 Pts. Per Game 28.2
5.8 Ast. Per Game 5.8
14.0 Reb. Per Game 14.0
46.4 Field Goal % 47.2
45.3 Three Point % 47.1
83.5 Free Throw % 77.7
+ 1 Jalen Jones made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:19
+ 1 Jalen Jones made 1st of 2 free throws 0:19
  Shooting foul on Serge Ibaka 0:19
+ 1 Serge Ibaka made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:28
+ 1 Serge Ibaka made 1st of 2 free throws 0:28
  Personal foul on Darius Miller 0:28
+ 2 Darius Miller made jump shot, assist by Jameer Nelson 0:46
+ 1 Darius Miller made free throw 1:08
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 1:08
  Out of bounds turnover on Serge Ibaka 1:08
+ 3 Darius Miller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Charles Cooke 1:25
Team Stats
Points 125 116
Field Goals 45-76 (59.2%) 46-91 (50.5%)
3-Pointers 16-34 (47.1%) 10-27 (37.0%)
Free Throws 19-20 (95.0%) 14-14 (100.0%)
Total Rebounds 41 36
Offensive 6 10
Defensive 31 22
Team 4 4
Assists 27 31
Steals 8 13
Blocks 6 3
Turnovers 21 14
Fouls 20 21
Technicals 2 0
away team logo
K. Lowry G 7
22 PTS, 11 REB, 9 AST
home team logo
D. Cousins C 0
25 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Raptors 9-5 29353427125
home team logo Pelicans 8-734292330116
Team Stats
away team logoRaptors 9-5 110.4 PPG 41.2 RPG 23.0 APG
home team logoPelicans 8-7 108.7 PPG 43.9 RPG 26.0 APG
Key Players
D. DeRozan G 25.2 PPG 4.4 RPG 4.6 APG 48.3 FG%
D. Cousins C 26.6 PPG 12.9 RPG 5.5 APG 46.4 FG%
Top Scorers
D. DeRozan G 25 PTS 9 REB 6 AST
D. Cousins C 25 PTS 9 REB 5 AST
59.2 FG% 50.5
47.1 3PT FG% 37.0
95.0 FT% 100.0
Raptors
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 33 25 9 6 2 0 3 0 11/18 2/4 1/1 1 8 45 +12
K. Lowry 35 22 11 9 0 0 5 2 6/12 4/10 6/6 2 9 46 -8
J. Valanciunas 28 21 6 2 0 1 5 4 6/8 0/0 9/9 1 5 27 +1
S. Ibaka 29 12 4 0 1 1 2 5 4/7 2/4 2/2 0 4 16 -1
O. Anunoby 13 5 0 0 1 0 1 3 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 0 5 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 33 25 9 6 2 0 3 0 11/18 2/4 1/1 1 8 45 +12
K. Lowry 35 22 11 9 0 0 5 2 6/12 4/10 6/6 2 9 46 -8
J. Valanciunas 28 21 6 2 0 1 5 4 6/8 0/0 9/9 1 5 27 +1
S. Ibaka 29 12 4 0 1 1 2 5 4/7 2/4 2/2 0 4 16 -1
O. Anunoby 13 5 0 0 1 0 1 3 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 0 5 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Miles 18 17 3 1 0 0 1 0 6/11 5/9 0/0 1 2 21 +13
P. Siakam 24 10 1 2 0 1 2 1 5/9 0/3 0/0 0 1 14 +14
F. VanVleet 22 10 1 3 1 0 0 2 4/6 2/2 0/0 0 1 18 +10
J. Poeltl 16 3 1 0 0 3 0 2 1/2 0/0 1/2 1 0 7 +5
L. Nogueira 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +3
D. Wright 9 0 1 4 3 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 10 +8
A. McKinnie 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
N. Powell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Caboclo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 125 37 27 8 6 21 20 45/76 16/34 19/20 6 31 209 +45
Pelicans
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Cousins 30 25 9 5 4 1 6 5 9/19 3/7 4/4 3 6 43 -6
A. Davis 34 19 5 1 3 1 2 5 8/15 1/1 2/2 2 3 28 -6
J. Holiday 36 18 4 5 2 0 0 2 8/15 0/3 2/2 2 2 34 +1
D. Cunningham 27 10 2 2 1 0 0 1 4/8 1/5 1/1 0 2 17 -4
R. Rondo 14 4 2 8 1 0 1 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 1 22 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Cousins 30 25 9 5 4 1 6 5 9/19 3/7 4/4 3 6 43 -6
A. Davis 34 19 5 1 3 1 2 5 8/15 1/1 2/2 2 3 28 -6
J. Holiday 36 18 4 5 2 0 0 2 8/15 0/3 2/2 2 2 34 +1
D. Cunningham 27 10 2 2 1 0 0 1 4/8 1/5 1/1 0 2 17 -4
R. Rondo 14 4 2 8 1 0 1 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 1 22 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Miller 21 13 0 1 1 0 1 4 4/5 2/2 3/3 0 0 15 -11
E. Moore 31 10 3 1 0 1 2 2 4/12 2/6 0/0 1 2 14 -17
C. Diallo 13 8 3 0 0 0 0 1 4/7 0/0 0/0 1 2 11 -8
J. Nelson 26 7 4 7 1 0 2 0 3/6 1/3 0/0 0 4 24 -17
J. Jones 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 0 2 +7
C. Cooke 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +7
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Asik - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 116 32 31 13 3 14 21 46/91 10/27 14/14 10 22 212 -45