GAME #9 – TORONTO RAPTORS (6-2) at LOS ANGELES LAKERS (7-1) SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2019 – 9:30 P.M. (ET) – STAPLES CENTER TV: TSN – RADIO: TSN 1050 TORONTO
• The Toronto Raptors continue a five game west coast road trip (Nov. 8-16) Sunday night against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. This matches Toronto’s longest road trip of the season. The Raptors will also play five in a row on the road March 1-9. Toronto will not play at home again until Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte. The Raptors play eight of 13 games on the road in the month of November.
• The Raptors have won nine straight games vs. the LA Lakers, including four in a row on the road. It’s Toronto’s second longest current winning streak against one opponent (the Raptors have won 10 in a row vs. Chicago), as well as the Lakers’ longest current losing streak versus any team. Pascal Siakam averaged 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.5 rebounds in two games against the Lakers last season.
• Toronto was 11-4 on the road vs. Western Conference opponents last season. The Raptors are the only Eastern Conference team to finish with a +.500 record on the road against the West each of the past four seasons (2015-19). Since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, Toronto is 36-25 (.590) when facing a Western Conference opponent on the road.
• Pascal Siakam recorded a career high-tying 44 points (17-28 FG, 5-10 3PT, 5-5 FT), including 26 in the first half, and 10 rebounds Nov. 8 at New Orleans. Siakam joins Chris Bosh (5X), Vince Carter (2X) and DeMar DeRozan (2X) as the only players in franchise history with multiple games of 40+ points and 10+ rebounds. Siakam also had 44 points and 10 rebounds Feb. 13, 2019 vs. Washington.
• Kyle Lowry (distal phalanx fracture – left thumb) and Serge Ibaka (right ankle sprain) both sustained injuries Nov. 8 at New Orleans. Lowry will be reevaluated in two weeks, while Ibaka is out indefinitely. Ibaka will undergo additional imaging in Los Angeles.
• Toronto ranks first in the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.406). The Raptors have held their opponent below 40 per cent shooting from the floor three times in the first eight games of the regular season.
• Fred VanVleet finished with 12 points and matched a season high with 11 assists Friday night against the Pelicans. VanVleet has now recorded at least five assists in a career-long eight straight games; averaging a team-high 7.4 assists during this stretch.
• OG Anunoby is one of only five players in the NBA – along with Bam Adebayo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Andre Drummond and Jonathan Isaac – with at least 11 steals and 11 blocks this season. Anunoby has already set single game career highs in both categories, with five steals Oct. 28 vs. Orlando and four blocks Oct. 26 at Chicago.
• The Raptors made a season-high 19 threes Friday at New Orleans. The Raptors shot .442 (19-43) from beyond the arc against the Pelicans. The Raptors have now made at least 10 threes in every game this season. Kyle Lowry leads the team in three-point field goals with 29, while Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet have made 19 apiece.
F – OG ANUNOBY #3 • Recorded a season-high 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes Nov. 8 at New Orleans. • Has scored 10 or more points in five of the last six games; averaging 15.0 points during this stretch. • Shooting .545 (18-33) from three-point range; has made multiple threes in five of the first eight games.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43 • Matched a career high with 44 points Nov. 8 at New Orleans; added 10 rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes. • Has posted four games of 30+ points; had five 30-point performances last season. • Leads the team with three double-doubles. C – MARC GASOL #33 • Finished with five points, seven rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes Nov. 8 at New Orleans. • Needs 24 points to reach 12,000 career points in the NBA. • Has collected 10+ rebounds three times (Last: 12 – Nov. 2 at Milwaukee).
G – NORMAN POWELL #24 • Led the reserves with 18 points and grabbed four rebounds in 29 minutes Nov. 8 at New Orleans. • Has scored in double figures twice, including a season-high 19 points Oct. 30 vs. Detroit. • Averaged 8.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 27.1 minutes in three games as a starter last season.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23 • Totaled 12 points, five rebounds and a season high-tying 11 assists in 36 minutes Nov. 8 at New Orleans. • Has totaled 34 assists, compared to just six turnovers, over the last four games (Oct. 30 – Nov. 8). • Tied for seventh in the NBA with a .941 (32-34) free throw percentage.
Serge Ibaka (Right ankle sprain) – Out Kyle Lowry (Distal phalanx fracture – left thumb) – Out Patrick McCaw (Left knee surgery) – Out
SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS 2019-20 Season Notes:
This is the first of two regular season matchups between the Lakers and Raptors this season
This will be the 46th meeting between the two teams, with the Lakers leading the all-time series 28-17 … The Lakers have lost each of the last nine matchups against the Raptors … Los Angeles is 12-7 all-time against Toronto at STAPLES Center … When visiting Toronto, the Lakers are 13-10 all-time against the Raptors … In the two teams’ 20th meeting on Jan. 22, 2006, Kobe Bryant had a career night, scoring a team-record 81 points – including 55 points in the second half – to bring the Lakers back from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Raptors, 122-104, at STAPLES Center … Bryant’s point total is still the second-best single-game performance in NBA history
Connections: Lakers G Danny Green played for the Raptors during the 2018-19 season, helping the team win the NBA Championship … Lakers Assistant Coach Phil Handy was an assistant for the Raptors during the 2018-19 season … Raptors C Marc Gasol was drafted by the Lakers with the 48th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft … Gasol was teammates with Lakers G Troy Daniels during the 2016-17 season with the Memphis Grizzlies … Lakers Assistant Coach Lionel Hollins coached Gasol from 2009-13 with the Grizzlies … Hollins coached Raptors G Kyle Lowry during the 2006-07 season with the Grizzlies … Hollins and Raptors Assistant Coach Adrian Griffin coached together during the 2008-09 season with the Milwaukee Bucks … Hollins coached Raptors F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the 2015-16 season with the Brooklyn Nets … Hollis-Jefferson and Lakers F Jared Dudley were teammates during the 2018-19 season with the Nets … Raptors Assistant Coach Nate Bjorkgren coached Dudley during the 2016-17 season with the Phoenix Suns … Raptors Assistant Coach Patrick Mutombo coached Lakers C JaVale McGee from part of the 2011-12 season through part of the 2014-15 season with the Denver Nuggets … McGee was teammates with Raptors G Patrick McCaw (2016-18) and Raptors F Chris Boucher (2017-18) with the Golden State Warriors … Lakers G Quinn Cook was also teammates with Boucher and McCaw during the 2017-18 season with the Warriors … Lakers Head Coach Frank Vogel coached Raptors F Serge Ibaka for part of the 2016-17 season with the Orlando Magic … Raptors F Stanley Johnson was teammates with Lakers G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (2015-17) and Lakers G Avery Bradley (part of the 2017-18 season) with the Detroit Pistons … Johnson was teammates with Lakers F Anthony Davis for part of the 2018-19 season with the New Orleans Pelicans … Raptors Assistant Coach Jim Sann coached Lakers Assistant Coach Jason Kidd from 2005 through part of the 2007-08 season with the New Jersey Nets and the two coached together during the 2013-14 season with the Nets … Sann and Hollins coached together with the Nets from 2014-16 … Raptors G Matt Thomas won the 2017 NBA Las Vegas Summer League Championship with the Lakers … Raptors F Norman Powell played collegiately at UCLA from 2011-15 … Raptors Assistant Coach Alex McKechnie was the Athletic Performance Coordinator for the Lakers from 2003-11.
LAST GAME’S STARTERS
LeBron James #23 F • 6-8 • 250 St. Vincent-St. Mary : LAST GAME: 25 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 36 minutes vs. Miami • Became the first-ever player with at least 39 points, 12 rebounds, 16 assists & 4 steals on 11/1 at DAL • Averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 55 games last season • Three-time NBA Champion and NBA Finals MVP, 15-time NBA All-Star and All-NBA honoree
Anthony Davis #3 F • 6-10 • 253 Kentucky: LAST GAME: 26 points, 8 rebounds, a season-high 7 assists and 3 blocks in 35 minutes vs. Miami • Named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 4, his sixth career selection • Set a franchise record with 26 made free throws (26-27 FT) on 10/29 vs. Memphis • Six-time NBA All-Star, three-time All-NBA First Team and All-Defensive Team honoree
JaVale McGee #7 C • 7-0 • 270 Nevada: LAST GAME: 9 points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes vs. Miami • Averaged 12.0 points (.632 FG%), 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 75 games last season • Became third Lakers player to shoot over 60% on 600+ attempts in ’18-19 (Abdul-Jabbar, Chamberlain) • Finished last season ranking fifth in the NBA with 2.0 blocks per game
Danny Green #14 G • 6-6 • 215 North Carolina: LAST GAME: 4 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals in 23 minutes vs. Miami • Started 80 regular season games in ’18-19, averaging 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists • Ranked second in the NBA last season in three-point percentage (.455) • Two-time NBA Champion (2014, 2019)
Avery Bradley #11 G • 6-2 • 180 Texas: LAST GAME: 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes vs. Miami • Played 63 games for LAC and Memphis last season, notching 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists • Has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team on two occasions (2012-13, 2015-16) • Owns career averages of 12.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steal in 28.6 minutes