Struggling Toronto Raptors went down 112-98 to the Brooklyn Nets in Wednesday night’s NBA encounter.
With only ten healthy bodies, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse was forced to use his ninth different starting lineup of the season.
The depleted group struggled to find their form, shooting a season-worst 36 percent (35-for-101) from the field including 7-for-29 (24 percent) from beyond the arc.
Guard Gary Trent Jr led the way with 19 points while big man Chris Boucher came off the bench with 12 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
“A lot of defensive breakdowns,” said Nurse following the loss. “We made a lot of mistakes. We just hope guys start coming back.”
Toronto were missing seven players, including regular starters Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes. Precious Achiuwa, Otto Porter Jr, Dalano Banton and Justin Champagnie were also unavailable.
So far this season, nine Toronto players have been hurt, missing a combined 51 games. Siakam leads the way with 10 missed games, all due to a right adductor sprain suffered on November 4 against Dallas.
Brooklyn found the mark shooting a season-high 17 3-pointers at a 45 percent clip. Guard Kyrie Irving led the way with 29 points including five threes.
With the loss, Toronto fell to 9-9 on the season and 6-2 at home.