It was opening night in the NBA. The Toronto Raptors would receive their championship rings before the game and the 2019 NBA Championship Banner was also raised.
There would be no more Kawhi Leonard for Toronto because he left for the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency in the offseason.
Pascal Siakam led the way for the Raptors with 34 points on 42.3 percent shooting along with 18 rebounds, five assists, and one block in a 130-122 win in overtime over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Fred VanVleet also scored 34 points on 66.7 percent shooting for Toronto. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded seven assists, and recorded two steals.
Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, but he only shot 26.7 percent from the field. He was 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Lowry tied the game at 117 with two made free throws with 29.2 seconds remaining in regulation. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded six assists, and recorded two steals.
O.G. Anunoby scored 11 points on 41.7 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds for the Raptors. Toronto had 23 bench points and Ibaka scored 10 of them,
New Orleans had a much different look to this team entering the game. They don’t have Anthony Davis anymore.
Brandon Ingram led the way for the Pelicans with 22 points on 42.1 percent shooting. He grabbed five rebounds, recorded five assists, blocked two shots, and recorded one steal.
J.J. Redick scored 16 points on 66.7 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed two rebounds and recorded one assist.
Jrue Holday scored 13 pints on 40 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded six assists, and blocked two shots.
Lonzo Ball struggled with eight points on 28.6 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds and recorded five assists.
This team scored 65 bench points. Nicolo Melli and Josh Hart each had 15 points off the bench.
The biggest lead in this game for the New Orleans Pelicans was 11 points. The biggest lead in this game for the Toronto Raptors was eight points.
Zion Williamson did not play in this game for New Orleans because of a knee injury and he will be sidelined for the next several weeks.
NBA fans and Pelicans fans are going to have to wait to see him make his NBA debut.
These two teams will play each other one more time this season.
New Orleans will host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night in their next game.
Toronto will be on the road against the Boston Celtics on Friday night in their next game.