The Toronto Raptors kicked off the NBA preseason schedule by easily overthrowing the Utah Jazz 114-82 on Sunday at Rogers Palace in Edmonton.
The first preseason game for the two teams, the duel offered an astonishing performance by the Torontonians, in a sold-out meeting in Alberta, as part of the Raptors’ Canadian tour.
After two tighter first quarters, which saw both teams head to the locker room 50-49, the crowd favorites took the game into their own hands.
The Torontonians started the third quarter with a 17-point streak, compared to just three for the Jazz.
Without mercy, the Raptors limited their opponent to just 33 points in the second half, while scoring 64 points.
Quebecer Chris Boucher led Toronto with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four other Canadian players took part in the game: Kelly Olynyk (6 rebounds) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (5 rebounds) took to the court for the Jazz, while Dalano Banton (9 points) and Montrealer Khem Birch (5 points, 5 rebounds) have played for the Raptors.