Raptors post biggest halftime lead in franchise history against Jazz

The Toronto Raptors came out flying against the Utah Jazz on Sunday night and just didn’t stop.

By the time the first 24 minutes were in the books, their relentlessness on both sides of the ball had them up 77-37.

That 40-point advantage is a new franchise record for biggest halftime lead, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press. It is also the biggest halftime lead in the NBA so far this season.

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Everything seemed to go right for the Toronto Raptors in the first half of their clash with the Utah Jazz at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday night. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
Everything seemed to go right for the Toronto Raptors in the first half of their clash with the Utah Jazz at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday night. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

In his 19 first-half minutes, Toronto’s Pascal Siakam collected 26 points while teammates Marc Gasol and Norman Powell each added 11 — in 16 and 18 minutes respectively

Overall, the Raptors shot over 60 percent (29-for-48) from the floor and 68.4 percent from beyond the arc (13-for-19).

The deficit, the largest at halftime in Jazz history per Reynolds, was largely due to some poor execution offensively as Utah shot under 28 percent from the floor.

Utah’s Bojan Bogdanovic and Donovan Mitchell were both minus-41 at the break.

While the Jazz dropped 49 points in the third quarter, the spread between the two sides proved to be too great for Utah to overcome as Toronto cruised to a 130-110 win.

The victory improved the Raptors’ record to 15-4 this season, including 9-0 at home.

The Jazz, meanwhile, fell to 12-8.

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