The Raptors victorious against the Rockets

basketball: - 25-07-20

More than four months after COVID-19 put the NBA on hiatus, the Raptors have picked up where they left off - with a win.

Serge Ibaka had 18 points and Toronto beat the Houston Rockets, 94-83.

The Raptors began their exhibition games, numbering three.

Terence Davis scored 15 points. Pascal Siakam provided 13, Norm Powell 12 and Kyle Lowry 11.

"It's a great feeling (to replay)," said Davis. It was great to run from one end of the court to the other, and I know the other guys would say the same thing.

“It was great to reconnect with what excites us. It wouldn't be possible without all the hard work the organization and the NBA do. They did an incredible job. Well done to the NBA. "

Montrealer Chris Boucher had four points and two blocks.

James Harden led Houston 24 points, six more than Danuel House Jr. Russell Westbrook got 10 points.

The Raptors had not played since a 101-92 victory in Utah on March 9. Two days later, the coronavirus led to the interruption of the NBA’s operations.

So it was the Raptors first game in 138 days.

“There was a bit of rust but also some really good play,” said coach Nick Nurse, who turned 53.

“We saw energy and dynamic passing. The intensity wasn't at its peak, but it's a good place to start. "

The Raptors will start their eight classification games on August 1, going 46-18. They are second in the East.

Their first rivals will be the Los Angeles Lakers.

Before that, they'll complete the preseason games by playing Portland and Phoenix on Sunday and Tuesday.