TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors slipped on shiny new rings, unfurled a championship banner, then got their title defense started with a hard-fought victory.
Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 34 points, Pascal Siakam fouled out with 34 points and 18 rebounds, and the defending champion Raptors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 130-122 in overtime on Tuesday night in the NBAs season-opening game.
Pascal and Freddy, they are the young core, they are the guys who will carry this thing on, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. Im so happy for those guys to go out and perform like tonight. Well see them grow all year.