SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and took 11 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Sacramento Kings 114-105 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Wednesday.
Serge Ibaka also posted a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds, as the visiting Raptors went 11-1 to maintain their excellent start to the season.
Having lost last season to LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Toronto will be hoping the trade of former San Antonio Spurs star Leonard for DeMar DeRozan will help propel them to the NBA title.
Sacramento, for whom Willie Cauley-Stein led the scoring with 24 points, trailed for most of the game, and began the fourth quarter with a 16-point deficit, allowing Toronto to ease up a little as the Kings finished the game eight points off the pace.
The victory means the Raptors extend their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference, while Sacramento (6-5) is in eighth in the West.