PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, had a large lead in the first half, but struggled offensively in the second half, falling to Raptors 905 Sunday, 100-93. The 905 have now won nine straight games.
Maine (12-11) was led by Boston Celtics Two-Way Player Kadeem Allen with 24 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Guerschon Yabusele, on assignment from the Boston Celtics, scored 15 points, while fellow assignee Abdel Nader scored 11 points. Andrew White scored 15 points, while two-way Player Jabari Bird added 14 points.
Raptors 905 (14-10) were led by Lorenzo Brown with 32 points.
Nader started the scoring for Maine with a driving lay-up in the first minute. White and Allen followed that up with a three and two, respectively, and Maine opened up an early 9-2 lead. White’s bucket made it 13-5 Maine, forcing an early timeout from the 905. Allen buried a 3, then followed that up with a driving lay-up to put Maine up 10. White continued the hot shooting outside, as Maine limited Raptors 905 offensively in the first quarter. The Red Claws took a 30-17 lead after 1.
In the second, Yabusele dropped in a long two, and Nader followed that up with a big block, leading to an Allen layup. Bird knocked in a straight-on 3 to maintain the 10-point lead. Off of a steal, Yabusele ran the court and slammed home an alley-oop. Bird’s fast-break dunk made it 41-27 just 5:00 into the second. Lorenzo Brown and the 905 cut it to nine when Brown dropped in a driving bank shot. L.J. Peak and Allen righted the ship for Maine, and the Red Claws took a 53-44 lead into halftime. The Red Claws shot 51.2 percent (21-for-41) in the first half, while holding Raptors 905 to 40.9 percent (18-for-44) and just 2-for-12 from downtown.
In the third, the 905 went on a run. Bruno Caboclo, on assignment from the Toronto Raptors, cut the lead to 4 with a reverse lay-in. Raptors 905 went on a 10-2 run to open the quarter. Fellow assignee Alfonso McKinnie knocked in a three to make it 55-54. Brown’s free throws gave the 905 their first lead of the game at 58-57. Bird gave the lead back to Maine with a 3-ball, and Anthony Bennett knocked in a trey to tie the game at 67. Brown continued the hot shooting for the 905, and former Red Claw Davion Berry knocked in a couple 3s, as Raptors 905 took a 77-69 lead after three.
The Red Claws got it back to two points early in the fourth quarter, but former Red Claw Malcolm Miller knocked in a corner three to make it 80-75 in favor of the 905. Yabusele’s strong drive for two cut it to 3. Peak hit a huge three to cut it to 92-88. Brown hit a dagger in the final minute to put it away for the 905. Maine shot 42.9 percent (36-for-84) from the floor, 35.5 percent (11-for-31) from downtown, and 10-for-13 from the free throw line. Raptors 905 shot 43.6 percent (41-for-94) from the field, 32.1 percent (9-for-28) from beyond the arc, and 9-for-10 from the charity stripe.