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MAPLE LEAFS AT COYOTES PREGAME NOTES: “Sheldon Keefe was named the 31st head coach in Maple Leafs history Wednesday after serving as head coach of the Toronto Marlies (AHL) for the past five seasons. In 319 regular season games, Keefe led the Marlies to a 199-89-22-9 record and won the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the AHL’s top team in the regular season on two occasions. He led the Marlies to a 38-21 record in four post-season appearances, including the franchise’s first Calder Cup championship in 2018.”

Sheldon Keefe was named the 31st head coach in Maple Leafs history on November 20, 2019. Prior to being named head coach, Keefe served as head coach of the Toronto Marlies (AHL) for the past five seasons. In 319 regular season games, Keefe led the Marlies to a 199-89-22-9 record and won the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the AHL’s top team in the regular season on two occasions. He led the Marlies to a 38-21 record in four post-season appearances, including the franchise’s first Calder Cup championship in 2018. Keefe joined the Marlies after a three-year stint as head coach for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. In two seasons with the Greyhounds, the club posted a regular season record of 98-29-2-7 while reaching the second round (2013-14) and third round (2014-15) of the playoffs. Keefe also served as GM and head coach of the CCHL’s Pembroke Lumber Kings, capturing five consecutive league championships (20072011). Record with Maple Leafs: 0 Games, 0-0-0

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (9-10-4 – 22 Points) vs.

ARIZONA COYOTES (13-7-2 – 28 Points)

NOVEMBER 21, 2019 ▪ 9:00 PM EST

GILA RIVER ARENA (GLENDALE, AZ) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus ARIZONA

ALL-TIME RECORD:37-53-8-2 (100 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:16-26-6-0 (48 Games)
2018-19:0-2-0
LAST FIVE:2-3-0
LAST 10:2-7-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus ARIZONA

GAMES PLAYED:Jake Muzzin (29), Jason Spezza (22), Tyson Barrie (21)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (9), John Tavares (9), Jake Muzzin (6)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (12), Jake Muzzin (10), Morgan Rielly (6), John Tavares (6)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (21), Jake Muzzin (16), John Tavares (15)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jake Muzzin (34), Nick Shore (8), Zach Hyman (6), Morgan Rielly (6)

MAPLE LEAFS – COYOTES TEAM STATS

 TORONTOARIZONA
GOALS FOR (Rank):72 (8th)61 (t-17th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):        79 (30th)49 (2nd)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):13/74 [17.6%] (18th)12/70 [17.1%] (20th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):57/78 [73.1%] (27th)55/67 [82.1%] (t-14th)
SHOTS (Rank):763 (2nd)672 (t-14th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1161 (1st)940 (14th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):53.5% (2nd)48.4% (24th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):53.8% (1st)48.8% (24th)

MAPLE LEAFS – COYOTES NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:Nov. 10, 1979 at WPG (Toronto 8, Winnipeg 4)
ALL-TIME RECORD:37-53-8-2 (100 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:21-27-2-2 (52 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:16-26-6-0 (48 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:Dec. 28, 2017 (Toronto 7, Arizona 4)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. COYOTES

Martin MarincinFirst NHL point (Jan. 24, 2014 (EDM) vs. PHX)
Auston Matthews 100th career NHL game (Nov. 20, 2017 vs. ARI)
Jake MuzzinFirst NHL goal (Jan. 26, 2013 (LAK) at PHX)
William Nylander 100th career NHL point (Dec. 28, 2017 at ARI)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS14 (Matthews)
ASSISTS14 (Marner, Rielly)
POINTS27 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Marner, Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Kapanen)
PIMs16 (Kerfoot, Rielly)
SHOTS86 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%59.2% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %57.8% (Spezza)
BLOCKED SHOTS45 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS24 (Marner)
HITS50 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME25:11 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:24 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME3:25 (Ceci)


MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 3-2-0 on the road this season with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.
– Has a 7-3-4 record with a .933 save percentage and a 1.88 goals-against average in 15 career games against Arizona.- Fifth in the NHL in saves (489) and sixth in even-strength saves (386).
Tyson Barrie– Eighth among NHL defencemen in shots on goal (59).
– Has assists (2) in consecutive games heading into tonight.
Cody Ceci– Tied for 12th among NHL skaters in blocked shots (45).- One of 12 NHLers to have recorded at least 40 hits (40) and 40 blocked shots (45).
Travis Dermott– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 52.3 percent in 10 games since returning from injury.
Pierre Engvall– Made his NHL debut on November 19 at Vegas and played 9:27 in ice time.
Frederik Gauthier– Has won 61.0 percent (75 won, 48 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.
Justin Holl– Has a 5-on-5 unblocked shot attempt percentage of 53.2, which is the highest among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.
Zach Hyman– Scored his first goal of the season November 19 at Vegas.
– Averaging 18:05 per game in ice time through three games since returning from injury.
Kasperi Kapanen– Leads the Maple Leafs in road points this season with nine (4-5-9) in 10 road games.
Kasimir Kaskisuo


– Made his NHL debut on November 16 at Pittsburgh.


Auston Matthews

-Fifth among NHL skaters in goals (14).- Tied for fourth among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (10).- Fifth in the NHL in shots on goal (86).- Has recorded a goal and an assist in three career games at Arizona. – Has one goal, six assists in 10 games on the road and 13 goals, seven assists in 13 games at home.
Ilya Mikheyev– Leads the NHL in shorthanded shots on goal (10).- Leads all NHL rookies in shots on goal (54).
Jake Muzzin– Ranks third among Maple Leafs in time on ice per game (21:51).- One of five NHL defencemen to have registered at least 45 hits (50) and at least 45 shots on goal (45).
William Nylander– Averaging 18:33 per game in ice time against Pacific Division opposition, his highest average against a single division.- Has eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) through nine games in November.
Nic Petan– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 63.9 percent (115 for,
65 against) through nine games, which is the second-highest percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least five games.
Morgan Rielly– Tied for seventh among NHL defencemen in points (3-14-17).- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-9-12).- Sixth among NHL skaters in TOI per game (25:11).- 10th among NHL skaters in shifts per game (29.2). 
Nick Shore– Tied for second among all NHLers in defensive zone starts (145).
John Tavares– Has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in eight games since returning from injury on November 5 vs. Los Angeles.- Recorded eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in seven road games thus far in 2019-20.- Leads the Maple Leafs in power play faceoffs won (58.8% – 40 won, 28 lost).

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Tyson BarrieHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
Jason Spezza Has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

John Tavares Two assists from 400 career NHL assists.Two games from 100 games as a Maple Leaf.

RECENT MILESTONES

Pierre EngvallFirst NHL game (November 19 at VGK)
Kasimir KaskisuoFirst NHL game (November 16 at PIT)

INJURY REPORT

Alex Kerfoot (Dental Fractures)Out indefinitely.
Mitch Marner (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Shoulder)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 49

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

November 18 Recalled forward Pierre Engvall from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).Placed forward Trevor Moore on injured reserve.

COYOTES NOTES

LAST GAME Coyotes 3, Kings 0 – Nov. 18, 2019 – Gila River Arena ARI Goals: Garland (10, GWG), Stepan (4, PPG), Chychrun (5, PPG) ARI Goalie: Antti Raanta (W) – 31 saves on 31 shots LAK Goalie: Jack Campbell (L) – 24 saves on 27 shots PP: 2-4 PK: 4-4 Notes: Vinnie Hinostroza skated in his 200th career NHL game…Antti Raanta secured his first shutout of the season and first since Mar. 31, 2018…The Coyotes recorded consecutive shutouts for the first time since March 29, 31 and Apr. 3, 2012…Conor Garland (1- 1-2), Christian Dvorak (0-2-2), and Nick Schmaltz (0-2-2) all recorded multi-point games.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS Nov. 9 – Assigned goaltender Eric Comrie to Tucson for conditioning (AHL) INJURY UPDATE (total man games lost to injury: 38 games) Niklas Hjalmarsson…IR…Lower Body

PACK FACTS Nick Schmaltz (1-7-8) leads the team in home scoring. The Coyotes five wins when trailing first are tied for the fourth-most in the NHL. Christian Dvorak leads the NHL with a 62.5 FO%. The Coyotes are 8-1-2 when Clayton Keller records a point this season. Arizona has outshot their opponent by 57 in the first period which leads the NHL. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is one goal away from tying Calle Johansson (119 goals) for the fifth-most by a Swedish-born player in NHL history. The Coyotes are 8-1-1 when scoring the first goal of the game and 7-0-0 when scoring a PPG. Derek Stepan ranks sixth among US-born skaters with 459 points since entering the NHL in 2010. The Coyotes 89.7% home penalty kill percentage is fourth in the League. The Coyotes are the only team that has played in at least three shootouts to not lose and they lead the NHL with an 83.3 shooting percentage. Phil Kessel enters tonight having played in 796 consecutive games, which is the third longest active streak (Keith Yandle: 818 games, Patrick Marleau: 806 games) and the seventh longest streak in NHL history. He last missed a game on Halloween night in 2009. Alex Goligoski entered the 2019-20 as one of four NHL defensemen to have at least 10 consecutive 20 assist or more seasons (Keith Yandle, Duncan Keith, Ryan Suter) and currently leads Coyotes blueliners in scoring with 1-10-11. Last year, Lawson Crouse set a franchise record with 288 hits, which ranked second in the NHL…His 533 career hits are the most by any player drafted in 2015. Among American-born players, Phil Kessel only trails Patrick Kane in goals and points since 2006-07. … Michael Grabner’s 22 career SHGs are second (Brad Marchand: 26 SHGs) among all active players.

UPCOMING GAMES

Thur. Nov. 21 7:00 p.m. Vs. TOR Gila River Arena FOX Sports Arizona 910 AM

Sat. Nov. 23 2:00 p.m. At LAK Staples Center FOX Sports Arizona+ 910 AM

Sun. Nov. 24 6:00 p.m. Vs. EDM Gila River Arena FOX Sports Arizona+ 910 AM

. STORYLINES VS. TORONTO Arizona wraps up a three-game homestand against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Coyotes enter tonight having won four of their last five games and have gone 6-3-1 during their recent 10-game in 17 day stretch (Nov. 2-18). If the Coyotes post another shutout, it would be just the fourth time in franchise history the team shutout their opponent in three consecutive games. Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s next point will surpass him with Radim Vrbata for 11th on the franchise points list and his next assist will tie him with Randy Carlyle (226) for the fifth-most assists in franchise history. Derek Stepan is two assists away from 300 career NHL assists

. Season Series: 2/11 at TOR The Coyotes were 2-0-0 vs. TOR last season: at TOR: Jan. 20 (W, 4-2), vs. TOR: Feb. 16 (W, 2-0) ARI owns a 55-36-8-1 all-time record vs the Maple Leafs and are 26-16-6-1 at home. The Coyotes are 14-3-1 in their last 18 games against the Leafs. Phil Kessel recorded 181-213-394 in 446 career games with the Maple Leafs from 2009-15.

SCORING NOTABLES AGAINST THE MAPLE LEAFS :

Derek Stepan…4-16-20…26 career games Michael Grabner…9-5-14…22 career games Carl Soderberg…6-4-10…15 career games

SHUT DOWN, LOCK DOWN – Arizona’s 49 goals against are the second-fewest in the NHL, only trailing the New York Islanders (46 goals). – The Coyotes have posted consecutive shutouts for the first time since the team posted three consecutive shutouts from Mar. 27- Apr. 3, 2012… It’s also the sixth time in franchise history the team had a multi-game shutout streak. – The consecutive shutouts was the first time in franchise history the feat was done by two different goaltenders. – Since Jan. 1, 2018, the Coyotes have given up the second-fewest goals in the NHL (375 goals) and only trail the Dallas Stars (360 goals).

TALK OF THE TOWN – The Coyotes enter tonight with a 13-5-2 record in their last 20 games and have posted the third-most points in the NHL since that date (WSH: 30 points, NYI: 29 points). – Arizona won seven games in the month of October for just the sixth time in franchise history (1982, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2013). – The Coyotes became the first team in NHL history to defeat the past two Stanley Cup champions on consecutive nights on the road (Nov. 11-12). – On Oct. 25 and 28, the Coyotes came from two goals behind in both games and won, which was just the third time in franchise history (Mar. 18-20, 2010 and Feb. 21-23, 2012) that they won consecutive games after trailing by multiple goals.

KUEMPERATURE CHECK Darcy Kuemper went 13 consecutive games (Mar. 23-Oct. 22) allowing two goals or less which is a new franchise record and the 12th longest in NHL history…. He posted a 7-4-2 mark with a .954 SV% and 1.41 GAA during his record-breaking stretch. – Since Jan. 6, 2019, the 29-year-old’s seven shutouts the second-most in the NHL (Sergei Bobrovsky: 8). His next shutout will surpass Curtis Joseph (8 shutouts) for the sixth-most in franchise history. – His .937 SV% ranks second while his 1.85 GAA leads all NHL goaltenders. – Kuemper, along with Antti Raanta, are ranked among the Coyotes franchise leaders in 30 plus save shutouts.

Sheldon Keefe

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MARLIES 2, LAVAL 1 (OT): “I was very fortunate to play under Sheldon for parts of three years now. When I came into the league it was a huge adjustment for me, probably a little harder than I thought it was going to be and he was there the whole way. He’s a great coach, he always tells you exactly what he wants from you and when he sees that your game’s not going the way he wants it to be, he straightens it out and shows you the things that you’re doing wrong.” –ADAM BROOKS.

TORONTO MARLIES (11-2-2-1 – 25 Points) vs. LAVAL ROCKET (10-6-3-0 – 23 Points)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019

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GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Laval: M. Peca (2) (D. Sklenicka)
Goaltender: C. Lindgren (19/21)

Toronto: S. Pooley (1) (T. MacMaster, B. Harpur), K. Agostino (9) (T. Liljegren, J. Bracco)
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (32/33)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Scott Pooley scored at 3:03 of the second period. This is his first goal for the Marlies in his first game this season. Pooley has 13 points (10 goals, 3 assists) through 12 games with Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • Kenny Agostino scored the overtime winning goal at 4:35 of extra time. He now leads the Marlies in goals (9). Agostino has six points (5 goals, 1 assist) in four games.
  • Tanner MacMaster recorded the primary assist on Pooley’s second period goal. MacMaster has four points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games.
  • Ben Harpur registered the secondary assist on Pooley’s second period goal. Harpur has four assists through 13 games this season.
  • Timothy Liljegren picked up the primary assist on Agostino’s overtime goal. Liljegren has nine points (1 goal, 8 assists) through 14 games.
  • Jeremy Bracco had the secondary assist on Agostino’s overtime goal. Bracco leads the Marlies in assists (12). Bracco has four assists in three games.
  • Michael Hutchinson stopped 32 of 33 shots he faced. Hutchinson is now 2-0-0-0 on the season with a 0.943 save percentage and a 1.93 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto is undefeated at home this season. This is the most consecutive wins (7) at home since 2016-17. Toronto has outscored their opponents 30-17.
  • Assistant coaches Rob Davison and A.J. MacLean assumed duties behind the bench for tonight’s game against the Laval Rocket.
  • Sheldon Keefe finished his Marlies coaching career with a record of 199-89-22-9 (0.672) and was 15 games into his fifth season. He led Toronto to their first Calder Cup championship in 2018 and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals twice. He also won the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy twice as the regular season champions.
  • Toronto was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and was 0-for-1 on the power play.
  • Laval had a 33-21 edge in shots in all situations. Pontus Aberg and Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with three shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 5-0-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 1-0-0-1 against the Rocket. This is the second of eight games this season against Laval this season.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (9)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (12)
  • Points: P. Aberg 16)
  • PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (52)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur (+10)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (41)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 3-0-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-1-0-1 when tied after the second period.
  • Toronto is 5-2-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 2-1-0-0 in Wednesday games and are 5-2-0-1 in November.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Tanner MacMaster has points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Darren Archibald (forearm strain) did not dress for tonight’s game against Laval. He has not dressed since November 6 against Rockford.
  • Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Laval.
  • Rasmus Sandin (rib contusion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Laval. Heleft Toronto’s game midway through the second period against Texas on November 16.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • November 18: Recalled forward Pierre Engvall from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • November 15: Recalled forward Scott Pooley from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • November 15: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) to Newfoundland (ECHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

ASSISTANT COACH A.J. MacLEAN

On the emotions around the team with the announcement of Sheldon Keefe as head coach of the Maple Leafs:
For me personally, (Sheldon) means everything, to my career. Along with my father and Kyle Dubas, they’re the people who’ve really groomed me to be where I am. Once I got done playing they took a chance on me in the Soo and every step of the way he’s been an incredible mentor and basically a big brother to me through life and through coaching. For here with the development of all the Marlies, he’s been absolutely incredible. He genuinely cares about every player that’s come through here. He puts a lot of time and effort in to make sure that each and every player has an opportunity to reach their maximum potential, and that’s our day-in and day-out process, is to try and get the players to their potential.

On if he spoke with Keefe following the announcement:
Briefly, just as a group (chat) we have, not one-on-one. But we got to talk to him a bit when the news came to us and we wished him all the best and told him how proud we are of him. We’re looking forward to watching him go.

On the benefits of giving personal attention to each player:
I think you just know if somebody cares about you, you go through a wall for them, and that’s what you see almost all the time here with the Marlies. The guys go through the wall for him. They really want to get better because us as a staff really want to see every player reach their potential and it all starts with him.

JEREMY BRACCO (1 ASSIST)

On Sheldon Keefe’s style of communication:
I think you know where you stand. I think you know where you are in the lineup, you know what you need to do, you know what you need to do to contribute to play a lot and he expects you to be better in the areas that you’re not so good at. He’s very easy to talk to about life, not even hockey. I’ve gone to him about multiple different things and he’s been there, open door policy, and I think that’s something they’ll appreciate up there.

ADAM BROOKS

On today’s win against Laval:
I mean obviously we knew that today was a crazy day and we knew going into this game that we didn’t want to use it as an excuse. We still have a great leadership group in there and we’re still led by two great coaches. We knew what we needed to do heading into this one and thanks to Kenny and a great play by Hutch, we were able to come out of there with the win.

On what Sheldon Keefe meant to his development:
He was huge. I was very fortunate to play under Sheldon for parts of three years now. When I came into the league it was a huge adjustment for me, probably a little harder than I thought it was going to be and he was there the whole way. He’s a great coach, he always tells you exactly what he wants from you and when he sees that your game’s not going the way he wants it to be, he straightens it out and shows you the things that you’re doing wrong. I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for us and the development that he’s done for so many guys that you’ve seen made that jump to the NHL. With a few more going this year already, it just shows what kind of coach that Sheldon Keefe is.


NEXT GAME:

November 23 vs Manitoba – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 24 vs Manitoba – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 29 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m. ET
November 30 vs Utica – 1:30 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
December 1 vs Utica – 4:00 p.m. ET

RAPTORS 113, MAGIC 97 POSTGAME QUOTES: “It wasn’t the prettiest game, I don’t think, but I thought we played pretty hard, like really hard in stretches. So that was good to see.” –NICK NURSE

(6-8) ORLANDO MAGIC, 97 VS. (10-4) TORONTO RAPTORS, 113

SCOTIABANK ARENA
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019

TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES
NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH)
On the energy from the bench tonight …
All three of those guys are energy guys, Terence (Davis), Rondae (Hollis-Jefferson) and Chris (Boucher). Geez, they came out of there
with plus-21 and plus-22. That is a heck of a stint for those guys, two stints.
On the starters being a little off tonight …
A little bit, little bit. I thought we didn’t execute a bunch of our schemes early defensively. We just had some breakdowns and you could
see some clear lane layups in the half court, which we don’t like to see very often, if ever. But those guys (bench) provided a nice punch
and then the starters came back in and started playing. It wasn’t the prettiest game, I don’t think, but I thought we played pretty hard,
like really hard in stretches. So that was good to see.
On what you are seeing defensively from Rondae and Chris …
First of all, Rondae has been really good defensively. He has really been a big asset, we put him on a really good player when he gets
in there. Just his intensity, strength and foot speed have been great. He has been extra possession-getter, keeping balls alive. I think
those are big momentum plays and we haven’t had a lot of those this year, so it is good to see us get some of those. And Chris, when
Chris is amped up – and he has been pretty amped up most nights – he’s at the rim blocking a few shots, grabbing a few big rebounds,
offensive tip-ins.
On Chris’s positioning on offence …
I think the key to that is that you go consistently, no matter where you are, and you see a shot going up, you just take off flying. If you
go in there nine times in a row, you are probably going to tip a couple in, because you are flying hard. He’s got length, he’s got some
speed to use to get up in the air. He works at that a little bit, even when we are playing 4-on-0 or 5-on-0 in practice, he works on his
timing of trying to fly in there and chase those rebounds. That’s good, I think him and Rondae, both of them attacked the glass really
good for us.


PASCAL SIAKAM (18 points, 11 rebounds)
Are you surprised by how bench had been able to contribute?
I’m not surprised, but I think those guys always have that mentality. We’ve got some dogs ready to go out there. Chris stealing my
rebounds, TD just making plays out there. Those guys have been playing well.
Is Chris at his best playing instinctively?
I think he’s at his best that way. Continuing to just play hard and do what he does best without thinking like blocking shots, rebounding,
running, dunking and shooting threes, open ones. All those things he can do them every single night.
TERENCE DAVIS ll (19 points, eight rebounds, five assists)
Are you comfortable coming in off the bench?
It’s more comfortable. Getting the time in with those guys, getting reps in practice and just knowledge from them – and trust, gaining
their trust as a rookie. It takes time and I think I’m starting to get there.
What do you think the chemistry is between you, Chris (Boucher) and Rondae (Hollis-Jefferson)?
We are just hard-playing guys. Bring energy, on the bench today Chris told me, he just pointed out when we go in, we’ve got to pick the
energy up. It’s just about energy and the games will take care of itself.

CHARLOTTE HORNETS QUOTES
STEVE CLIFFORD (HEAD COACH)
On tonight’s game …
I like the way we played in the second half. We started the game fine. (When) we broke the lineup it was awful. Those guys (went)
down, but again … we didn’t defend after we broke the lineup in the first half. I thought (in) the third quarter we put ourselves in position.
The end of the third hurt us and then it got away from us with about seven and a half left. I thought the second half we actually played
— it’s misleading because of the final score — but the second half we played a lot better.
On the bench …
You’re playing a hole against a good team on the road, so you just can’t withstand those turnovers and really awful defence … They
staggered their lineups more too, so I mean, they didn’t play like a full second unit.
What would you want to see from your team if Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon are out?
We’ll worry about that tomorrow. I’ll watch the film and we’ve got two days before we play, so you know, you have to wait … I always
say this is true, you get up in the morning, you say, ‘Who do we have?’ and then you figure out the best way to have a good day with
that group, that’s all you can do in this league.


On Mo Bamba …

I just told Jeff Weltman this year that he has made really good progress from last year. Go watch the films from last year. He’s playing a
lot better this year … I think he has a lot better idea of what the NBA game is all about and so, in that respect, he’s made good
progress.
NIKOLA VUCEVIC (three points, five rebounds, five assists)
How bad was it when you couldn’t get off the floor?
It was really painful when it happened. I’m not sure if I stepped on his foot (or if) my leg got tangled up in his leg … It was really painful.
It’s hard for me to put any pressure on (it), so we’ll see. I’m supposed to get an MRI tomorrow and then I’ll know more after that, but it’s
pretty painful right now so we’ll see how it goes.
How disappointing is it to suffer this injury when the team was starting to play better?
Very disappointing. I mean, injuries suck, but obviously, unfortunately they are part of the job we do … It’s obviously bad timing for us
as well. We had a very tough road trip and especially the worst timing (because) we’re playing better. Guys are going to step up. We’ll
see what happens with AG (Aaron Gordon). Hopefully his is not bad. We believe in the guys we have and hopefully the guys will step
up and we’ll keep playing well.


AARON GORDON (two points, two rebounds)
Feelings on the injury …
It was a little bit (of a) worse sprain than I’ve had. Usually I can roll it over and then kind of lace it up a little bit tighter and keep going. I
jumped all the way up and came all the way down on it. It hurts, man, not being able to play, not being able to help my team win, but it’s
just part of the game, so I’ll take my time and get back right.
Did you know it was hurt pretty bad?
Yeah, it was basically a full jump, so it was a max jump, and then I came down and I landed on the back of someone’s leg and it rolled
over. That’s when I knew it hurt a little bit more because I had jumped all the way up.
How tough is it to lose two starters on the team?
Like I’ve been saying all year, we’ve got really talented people in this locker room, so it is the next man up. People (have) to be ready to
step up in place and collectively fill that void. We’ll be able to do it.
KHEM BIRCH (12 points, four rebounds)
How do you rally the troops when you lose a couple of guys like that?
I mean, you (have) to just stay ready. We have a deep team, so everyone has to stay ready. A couple of us have been doing this for
two —I’ve been doing this for three — years, so it’s no excuses. You have to come ready. When your number is called you have to be
prepared and make an impact.
On playing in your home country …
It’s kind of crazy how it happened. I don’t wish an injury on anybody. It’s just crazy, you know, that someone gets hurt and I play in front
of my mom. My mom was sitting courtside – it’s great. I love playing in front of my home country.

RAPTORS 113, MAGIC 97 POSTGAME NOTES: “Fred VanVleet finished with game highs of 24 points and seven assists in 35 minutes … VanVleet posted his fifth 20-point game of the season; something he did five times in 64 contests last season.”

FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 113, ORLANDO MAGIC 97

DATE: Nov. 20, 2019 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)

Tonight marked Toronto’s 243 rd consecutive sellout (including playoffs) dating to Nov. 11, 2014 – the longest streak in franchise history.

FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS

Orlando 97 6-8 Fournier – 21 Isaac – 13 Vucevic/Augustin – 5

Toronto 113 10-4 VanVleet – 24 Siakam/Boucher – 11 VanVleet – 7

KEY RUN Leading 89-79 with 7:26 left in the fourth quarter, Toronto put the game out of reach with an 11-2 run to extend the lead to 19 points with just under five minutes to play … The Raptors led by double digits the entire fourth quarter …

Pascal Siakam led all scorers with nine points in the final period. KEY STAT The Raptors shot .523 (45-for-86) from the field, while holding Orlando to .385 (35-for-91) shooting from the floor…

Toronto held its opponent below 40 per cent shooting for the sixth time this season.

RAPTORS NOTES:

• With the victory, Toronto improves to 10-4 this season and a perfect 6-0 at home … The Raptors are one of four teams in the NBA still without a loss at home this season.

• Toronto has now won eight of the past 10 regular-season meetings with Orlando, including the last three contests at Scotiabank Arena.

• The Raptors outscored Orlando 68-40 in the paint.

Fred VanVleet finished with game highs of 24 points and seven assists in 35 minutes … VanVleet posted his fifth 20-point game of the season; something he did five times in 64 contests last season.

Pascal Siakam registered his sixth double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds in 35 minutes.

Terence Davis ll scored a career-high 19 points in 27 minutes off the bench … Davis has now scored in double figures in four of the last six games; averaging 11.7 points during this stretch. • The Raptors had five players score double figures – VanVleet (24), Davis ll (19), Siakam (18), Norman Powell (15) and Chris Boucher (14) … Boucher added 11 rebounds for his second double-double.

MAGIC NOTES:

• With the loss, Orlando falls to 6-8 on the season and 0-5 on the road … The defeat ends the Magic’s three-game win streak … Orlando and Oklahoma City are the only two teams in the NBA without a victory on the road this season.

Evan Fournier recorded his third straight 20-point game, and fifth this season, with a team-high 21 points in 28 minutes … Fournier is averaging 24.0 points over the last three games.

Jonathan Isaac recorded 16 points and tied a career-high 13 rebounds in 34 minutes … Isaac posted his sixth career double-double and third this season.

• The Magic had five players score in double digits – Fournier (21), Isaac (16), Terrence Ross (14), Markelle Fultz (12) and Khem Birch (12) … Birch’s 12 points were one shy of a career high. • Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic both sustained right ankle sprains in the first half and did not play in the second half.