Trent Jr. powers rally as Raptors negate 14-point deficit to overcome Grizzlies

Gary Trent Jr. scored 17 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors rallied to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 126-113 on Wednesday night.

Fred VanVleet scored 23 points, and Precious Achiuwa, Pascal Siakam and Scott Barnes added 17 each. Barnes had nine rebounds.

Ja Morant led Memphis with 23 points and nine assists. Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks finished with 20 points each, and Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke added 16 points apiece.

Memphis squandered a 12-point halftime lead, first on the scoring of Achiuwa, then on Trent’s spree in the fourth.

WATCH | Raptors come back to beat Grizzlies:

Trent Jr., VanVleet lead Raptors past Grizzlies

Toronto defeats Memphis 126-113, Gart Trent Jr. scores game-high 23 points and Fred VanVleet adds 23 points. 1:01

Toronto used a third-quarter rush, fuelled by Achiuwa hitting his first four shots in the quarter, getting the Raptors back in the game. Achiuwa had 17 points in the frame as Toronto outscored Memphis 32-21 in the quarter.

That cut the Memphis advantage to 92-91 entering the fourth. That’s when Trent started connecting, hitting five of his eight shots in the fourth, including all three 3-pointers as the Raptors pulled away at the end.

Memphis shot well throughout the first half but was hampered by ill-timed turnovers that kept the Grizzlies from building the lead beyond 14. Still, Memphis’ momentum established a 71-59 at the break with four players scoring at least 13 points.

Barnes already had 15 for Toronto.

WATCH | Barnes beats 1st quarter buzzer with half-court toss:

Raptors’ Scottie Barnes drains half-court buzzer-beater against Grizzlies

Toronto rooke Scottie Barnes hits a 3-pointer from half court as the first quarter expires. 0:31

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