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VanVleet scores 27, but Raptors fall to Pelicans for second time this year

Toronto Raptor guard Fred VanVleet (23) drives to the basket around New Orleans Pelicans guard...
Toronto Raptor guard Fred VanVleet (23) drives to the basket around New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)(Butch Dill | AP)
Published: Jan. 3, 2021 at 12:06 AM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WIFR) - Fred VanVleet was a one-man show in the first two quarters for Toronto. However, New Orleans locked down the Rockford native in the second half as the Pelicans knocked off the Raptors 120-116 Saturday night.

VanVleet scored 11 of his 21 first-half points in the final seven minutes of the second period to give the Raptors a lead late in the half. He knocked down three 3-pointers in the first 24 minutes, but was held to just one field goal made in the second half. That bucket was a three-pointer that gave them a 111-110 lead with 3:16 remaining.

Eric Bledsoe gave New Orleans (4-2) the lead for good on a three-pointer with 42.3 seconds to go.

VanVleet is averaging 17.3 points per game while playing 34.3 minutes per game in the Raptors’ first five contests. Toronto (1-4) is now tied for the second worst record in the Eastern Conference, only ahead of the Washington Wizards (1-5).

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