Sim Bhullar and Satnam Singh share many things in common. For one, they both tower over opponents, standing 7-foot-5 and 7-foot-2, respectively. They also each play in the NBA D-League, as Bhullar suits up for Raptors 905, while Singh plies his trade for the Texas Legends. And of course they are both of Indian descent.
Bhullar was born in Canada to Indian parents, and last spring became the first player of Indian descent to play in the NBA, when he checked for the Sacramento Kings. Singh, on the other hand, was born in India but immigrated to the United States for high school. Last summer, he was drafted 52nd overall by the Dallas Mavericks, making him the first Indian-born player to be drafted in the NBA.
Friday, the two met on the court for the first time, as Raptors 905 traveled down to Texas to take on the Legends. Both played one of their best games of the season, but it was Bhullar and company who came away victorious, cruising to a 136-80 victory. Bhullar finished with a double-double, scoring 13 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Singh, for his part, scored a season-high six points and grabbed six rebounds in 22 minutes.
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FRISCO, Texas — Eight different Raptors 905 players scored in double digits as the Mississauga club recorded a franchise-record point total en route to a 136-80 win over the Texas Legends Friday evening at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.
Raptors 905 started hot, recording 39 points in each of the first two quarters, leading to a 37-point advantage at halftime. The club’s 78 first-half points marked a franchise record for points in a half, topping the previous best of 71, which occurred December 19 versus Delaware. The Mississauga club completed 64.3 percent of its field goal attempts in the first two quarters (27-for-42) and had five double-digit scorers at the break, led by 15 points from Bruno Caboclo.
Raptors 905 didn’t let up in the second half, outscoring Texas 27-18 in the third quarter and 31-21 in the final frame, stretching the lead to 56 points late in the fourth quarter, marking the club’s largest lead this season.
Double-digit scorers for Raptors 905 included Scott Suggs (24), Caboclo (22), Greg Smith (16), Melvin Johnson (15), Sim Bhullar (13), Shannon Scott (11), John Jordan (11) and Axel Toupane (10). Caboclo added a game-high 11 rebounds, while Toupane had a game-high seven assists. Leading the Legends offensively were Tu Holloway (19), Brandon Ashley (13), Jamil Wilson (11) and Patrick Miller (10).
Raptors 905 led Texas in field goal percentage (60.7-33.3), three-point percentage (45.8-24.0), points in the paint (62-34), second-chance points (13-2) and fast-break points (22-20), while the Legends held the advantage in free throw percentage (90.9-71.9).