PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Red Claws saw career highs in scoring from Boston Celtics assignee Jordan Mickey, Coty Clarke and Malcolm Miller, but could not hold off a late surge as they fell to Raptors 905 Sunday at the Portland Expo 96-87.
It was the first win in Raptors 905 franchise history.
The Raptors (1-4) opened the game on a 10-2 run while the Red Claws (3-2) missed their first eight shots. Mickey got things going with a dunk, a three-point play and a three-point shot to get back into the game, cutting the lead to 12-11, but the Raptors ran off nine more points to run the score to 21-14 at the quarter break, holding Maine to just 17.6 percent shooting.
The Red Claws got the long ball working in the second quarter, with Miller converting on back-to- back trips to tie the game at 27 early in the quarter. The Raptors answered with Keanau Post’s strong inside play, but Clarke, Mickey and Levi Randolph put Maine back on top, with Clarke tying the score at the 5:47 mark and Mickey giving the Red Claws their first lead with 2:48 to go in the half.
The Red Claws closed out the half on a 12-0 run, holding 905 scoreless for the final 5:52 of the half.
Out of the locker room, the Raptors got a layup from Toronto Raptors assignee Bruno Caboclo, and Shannon Scott converted on back to back trips to cut the lead to five. Davion Berry scored six for Maine and Jay Harris had five for the Raptors as the Red Claws fought hard to maintain a nine point lead.
Late in the third, Clark had a three-point play and a three-pointer to push the lead to 70-61, but Melvin Johnson scored on the next trip down and Harris banked in a three from half court at the buzzer to cut the lead to 70-66 heading into the final frame.
Clarke and Berry began the fourth quarter strong with an 11-3 run for Maine to open the lead up to 81-70 before Scott Suggs converted back-to-back to back three-pointers to cut the lead to six. Randolph pushed the lead to 87-79 before 905 ran off 17 straight points to close out the final three minutes of the game, holding Maine under 100 for the first time this season and securing the win.
905 was led by Suggs (19 points, six rebounds) and Harris (18 points, six rebounds). Post (10 points, eight rebounds) rounded out the players in double figures.
Mickey (25 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks) led the Red Claws, with Clarke (21 points, 10 rebounds), Berry (14) and Miller (10) also scoring in double figures. The offense was facilitated through Corey Walden (seven assists) and Coron Williams (six assists).
The Red Claws travel to Sioux Falls for a double header with the Skyforce next Friday at 8 p.m. while 905 will host the Idaho Stampede on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.