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Toronto's third straight loss in the NBA

Toronto's third straight loss in the NBA

21:41 in the fourth quarter cost the Toronto Raptors a potential win over the Utah Jazz in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Saturday (local time). In the end, it was 119:126 from the point of view of the Canadians, who left the floor losing for the third time in a row. Viennese player Jakob Poeltl had two points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 20:54 minutes of action.

The Raptors led 86:69 midway through the third quarter. They entered the final period with a score of 98:85, as all the dams collapsed. Utah prevailed point after point and finally turned the game around 10-0. Jordan Clarkson and Lauri Markkanen each scored 30 points for the Salt Lake City franchise. For the Canadiens, Scottie Barnes matched his career best with 32 points.

Three consecutive away games await Poeltl and his teammates after Christmas. Toronto visits the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, the Boston Celtics on Friday, and the Detroit Pistons the next day.

The Canadians' next opponent made a statement in the first game of the day. NBA leaders Boston beat the Los Angeles Clippers on the road 145:108. Jayson Tatum scored 30 points. The Minnesota Timberwolves tied with the Celtics (22 wins each and six losses) after beating the Sacramento Kings 110:98. Anthony Edwards scored 34 points. Following the first duo comes the Milwaukee Bucks, who beat the New York Knicks with a score of 130:111, and has a record of 22:7 after its seventh victory in a row. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points.

Leading scorer before Christmas was LeBron James, who turns 39 in a few days, with 40 points in the Los Angeles Lakers' 129:120 away win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Luka Doncic scored three goals in double figures to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 144:119 win over the San Antonio Spurs. The Slovenian scored 39 points, twelve rebounds and ten assists. For Tottenham, young star Victor Wembanyama was forced to sit out after injuring his ankle during the warm-up.

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Detroit posted a negative record in the NBA. The Pistons lost 115-126 to the Brooklyn Nets for the 26th time in a row. Only the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010/11 and the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013/14 have had such a series.

NBA Score from Saturday: Toronto Raptors (2 points, 4 rebounds, block in 20:54 by Jakob Poeltl) 119:126.