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(4-14) NEW YORK KNICKS, 98 VS. (13-4) TORONTO RAPTORS, 126 SCOTIABANK ARENA WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2019
TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES
NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH)
On the lopsided game … You just want to play the right way, play the way that we want to play and (with) the things that we are working on. It’s an opportunity for them. It was Shamorie’s (Pond) first NBA game, you know, and he got himself a couple of buckets. It’s good, you have to do that stuff sometimes and it is nice to do it in a game like that. I wasn’t expecting that game, that’s for sure. They have been playing everybody tough lately.
On Pascal Siakam starting slow then hitting a bunch of shots … He gets loose. I don’t know, I just think that he is taking pretty good opportunities and they are not all going to go, right? He just keeps seeing them and fires them in there. I think tonight he saw a lot of space and he took it at times and then he jab-stepped, pull backed a few times early. I love it, I think he is ultra aggressive, a lot of catch and shoot threes which I love. Those are easy possessions you don’t have to get pounded on or make three spin moves to get a shot up. It’s nice that he gets to come down and take some of those.
On OG Anunoby’s rebounding … We are trying to work on it. We have been, early in the year our crash rate was really low as far as offensive rebounding and the number of guys that we are sending. I think that we were last in the league actually. Again, so much of it is just trying to piece this thing together with the injuries and all that kind of stuff, but OG is capable. He is in some areas that when shots go up that he can fly in there and use his athleticism to keep some alive and I think a little bit of Rondae (Hollis-Jefferson), Chris (Boucher) and Terence (Davis) activity on the glass has maybe spread a little bit, a little contagious. I think we have had a few more guys on the boards and it has just become a little bit more of who we are and I love it, because it is extra possessions. We certainly want to guard against defensive transition, but we need to be crashing more and being a little riskier to try and get the ball back. I like that this is happening.
PASCAL SIAKAM (31 points, eight rebounds)
What changed at the start of the second quarter after a slow start to the game? I think we just brought more energy to the game and playing harder. I think when you play against teams that the record might look a little, you know, so you don’t come out with the energy and focus like you are supposed to. We all know what we have to do to be able to win, so we came out in the second half, we talked about it at halftime and coming out with more energy and more focus.
On RJ Barrett… I think it’s good and I think it’s always good having the opportunity to be home and coming back and playing. It’s his first year, he’s been playing well and continuing to learn. I think the future is bright for him. He’s got to continue to work hard and I’m sure he was happy to be here and he probably had tons of family here, so it always feels good.
FRED VANVLEET (15 points, four assists) What’s the goal in a game like this when it gets out of hand? Just keep building on our habits. We got a little loose there in the third, they were fighting, they are going to keep scraping. They are a young talented team trying to find themselves, so they kept fighting, but I think we just did enough to pull away, give ourselves some room and the guys off the bench kinda of gave us the rest of the separation we needed to not go back in the game. Just building our habits, I though that we started lackadaisical a little bit, then picked it up a bit at the end of the first, start of the second. That’s all you look for is just try to keep getting better and take these wins as we can get them.
CHRIS BOUCHER (13 points, season-high 12 rebounds) What was the key to tonight’s victory? Coach told us rebounding was going to be key to win this game. We came into this game thinking about defence and we knew that if we had a good defensive game we were able to go with that one. I think everybody came in with a lot of energy and tried to give as much to defensive rebounding as we could.
On having four Canadian players on the floor at same time… We’ve come a long way. Now we get more and more Canadians and it definitely feels good to see all of us on the floor. I think it’s been a long time coming for having a bunch of Canadians in the league.
NEW YORK KNICKS QUOTES
DAVID FIZDALE (HEAD COACH)
What did you see in the second quarter? I saw a championship ball club, a team that understands how to shift the game in their favour when things aren’t going right. You don’t accomplish what they’ve accomplished if you don’t understand how to play 48 minutes.
Does Toronto’s defense wear on a team physically as much as it does mentally? Yes, especially when you’ve got that kind of length and speed and athleticism, understanding of what you’re doing. They are a fantastic defensive team. They deserve a lot of credit for what they’ve done. It’s the same selflessness at the other end of the court. They run the floor hard for each other, cut hard for each other and move the ball selflessly. We can learn a lot from this team.
What is the message to the team after this loss? My message to the team is trust. Right now we’re still fighting that fight to trust each other offensively and defensively. First half we saw the ball move in that first quarter without hesitation. We get to the second quarter guys were holding the ball too long. They’ve just got to trust the easy play and trust the pass. Same thing defensively. If you get beat you have to trust that there are guys going to be there for you to protect you and the next guy is going to protect the next guy. That’s just something we haven’t done consistently through a full game. We’re constantly fighting for that trust for 48 minutes.
RJ BARRETT (16 points, five rebounds, four assists)
What is your takeaway of this Toronto team? They’re tough. First unit, second unit, third unit, they all play the same way. They play tough, with grit. Everybody moves the ball, shares the ball, scores. It was great to see and face a team like that.
What did it mean to play in Toronto? It was great. I said I was going to have fun. I tried my best out there. Hopefully I get to play here again many times.
How are you managing the losses? I’m playing basketball. That’s the light that I see. I get to play basketball every day. I come in, I put my hardhat on and do what I can to help the team.
How were your emotions coming into today? I had too many emotions. I was so happy all day. Literally the whole time before the game I was trying to calm myself down for two hours. It was great to be back in Toronto.
JULIUS RANDLE (19 points, eight rebounds)
What did you see change between the first quarter and the second quarter? Offensive rebounds, transition, and they made 21 threes.
Did you feel that this game was going to be a break for the team? We were hoping so. I don’t think we were looking at it in that perspective. We were just trying to win the game. Afterwards, you look at it like that. We were never able to answer the run.
On the Raptors… They play really good basketball. They move the ball, they play fast, share the game. We don’t want to watch it from our end, but we can definitely learn something from them for sure.
On trusting each other… We just got to trust each other, trust the game and play like that consistently for 48 minutes. We do it in spurts, but not for a full game and it hurts us.
FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 126, TORONTO RAPTORS 98
DATE: November 27, 2019 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout) Tonight marked Toronto’s 245th consecutive sellout (including playoffs) dating back to Nov. 11, 2014 – the longest streak in franchise history.
FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS
New York 98 4-14/ Randle – 19 Randle/Robinson – 8 Three Players – 4
Toronto 126 13-4 /Siakam – 31 Anunoby/Boucher – 12 Davis ll – 5
KEY RUN Trailing 32-21 early in the second quarter, the Raptors went on 22-2 run to lead by nine with 6:28 remaining in the quarter … Toronto extended the lead to 58-46 at halftime and led by double digits the entire second half.
KEY STAT The Raptors shot .512 (21-41) from three-point range … Toronto’s 21 three-point field goals tied the single game franchise record (2X – last: March 10, 2019 at Miami).
RAPTORS NOTES: • With the victory, Toronto improves to 13-4 this season and a perfect 8-0 at home … The Raptors are one of just three teams in the NBA still without a loss at home … Toronto set a franchise record with its eighth straight victory at home to open the season. • The Raptors have now won 15 of their last 16 games against New York, including the last seven meetings … Toronto has won eight in a row vs. the Knicks at home. • Toronto has won an NBA record 33 straight games at home vs. the Atlantic Division … The Raptors last loss at Scotiabank Arena against an Atlantic Division foe was Nov. 10, 2015 vs. New York. • New York shot .375 (33-88) from the floor, including .286 (6-21) in the second quarter … The Raptors held their opponent below 40 percent shooting from the field for the seventh time this season. • Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 31 points (12-22 FG, 5-8 3PT, 2-3) in 30 minutes – his seventh 30-point performance of the season … Siakam tied his career high with five three-point field goals. • OG Anunoby recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. • Chris Boucher posted his third double-double of the season with 13 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, one shy of his career high, in 25 minutes off the bench. • The Raptors had seven players score double figures – Siakam (31), Fred VanVleet (15), Terence Davis ll (15), Anunoby (13), Boucher (12), Malcolm Miller (13) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (12) … Davis ll scored in double digits for the fourth time in the last five games; he’s averaging 13.4 points during this span … Miller’s 13 points were a career high. • Toronto was missing six players due to injury.
KNICKS NOTES: • With the loss, New York falls to 4-14 on the season and 1-8 on the road … The Knicks have lost four in a row, including three straight on the road. • The Knicks had three players score in double digits – Julius Randle (19), RJ Barrett (16) and Allonzo Trier (10).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On what he liked about tonight’s win:
I really liked how we started in the game. We came, won the faceoff, went down the ice and spent time down there right from the get-go, which was something we obviously wanted to do. In doing so, with that process, we got the puck to bounce our way a little bit early in the game and we got a hold of it. I didn’t like the second half of the first period, but the nature of the game being what it was – up 3-0, the long break, making the goaltender switch, all that kind of stuff – we didn’t respond well to that. At the start of the second period we went right at them again. We like that.
On improved play with the lead after the game in Colorado:
Two different games, but we did talk about that. We want to be a team that plays with the lead and we need to be able to learn how to play with the lead and be comfortable with the lead. I thought we did a good job of that today.
On if he knew what was going on when Detroit had to make the goaltender switch:
Yeah, the referees were great and talking to us. We had a bit of an indication prior to the game as well that there were some issues there with Bernier. We had a sense of what was going on. Obviously, we had to be patient with it.
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (25 SAVES)
On the team’s effort tonight:
I thought we played well the whole game. We tried to keep the puck on our sticks as much as possible and I thought we did a hell of a job at that. The guys had the puck the whole second period it felt like and most of the game.
On the team’s three game winning streak:
Well, you see how much the skill shows. I think guys are playing really free and enjoying it a lot and making really good plays. I think the more we can have the puck, the better. Teams get tired out and you saw today we come out hot and score a bunch of goals. I think it’s hard to defend when you have that much skill and move it around that much.
TYSON BARRIE (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On what he liked most about tonight’s game:
That was a start to finish, I think. That was a good game for us. We played our system and had a lot of fun out there. You can see we spent a lot of time in the o-zone and kind of carried that theme throughout the game so that was fun to be a part of.
On his goal tonight:
I kind of shot it and kind of thought it was a brutal shot and I think it caught a stick and went in. That’s a good feeling, for sure.
ANDREAS JOHNSSON (2 GOALS, 1 ASSIST)
On his goals tonight:
For the first, I was just trying to be at the net, didn’t actually see anything and all of sudden the referee comes and pointed at the net. Then I see on the review that I put it in with my skate. The second goal was a nice pass by [Spezza]. He cuts into the middle and holds it and dragged the defence with him and passed to me and I was alone by the goalie and put it in.
On if he tried to not make a kicking motion on his first goal:
I didn’t know it was there. The defenceman came and hooked me up and I was just standing just trying to not fall down. I didn’t even know the puck was by my skate.
On if Nylander helped push the puck in:
He’s telling me he scored the goal but I don’t know if he even touched the puck at all.
WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On what was clicking for his line tonight:
I think we were able to get sustained pressure in the O-zone, shot pucks, got pucks back and just kept going at it. I think that was a big part of our game tonight. I think that was the way for all our lines tonight too, to be dominant.
On crashing the net for Johnsson’s goal:
Yeah, for sure, that was a crazy goal. I think Bernier was kind of out of the crease and we were just trying to push it in there and somehow it ended up in the net.
On who pushed the puck over the line, him or Johnsson:
To be honest, I saw the replay and I think his skate and my stick – the puck is in-between them and we are both pushing the puck in together. So, I don’t know how that goes.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (12-10-4 – 28 Points) vs.
DETROIT RED WINGS (7-17-3 – 17 Points)
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2019
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Travis Dermott opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 1:04 of the first period. Dermott’s goal is the club’s fastest goal to start a game on the road (Previous: 4:37, Kasperi Kapanen – Oct. 16, 2019 at WSH) in 2019-20. He has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
- Tyson Barrie scored Toronto’s second goal of the night at 2:24 of the first period before registering the primary assist on John Tavares’ first period goal. Barrie has goals (3) in three consecutive games and points (3-4-7) in five consecutive games. Per NHL Stats, he is the first defenceman in franchise history to record a goal in three consecutive team games played on the road. Tonight’s game is his fourth multi-point performance of the season and second in two consecutive games.
- John Tavares had the secondary assist on Dermott’s first period goal and later scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game at 9:48 of the first period. Tavares has 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 10 road games this season. He has 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) in 24 career games against the Red Wings. Tonight’s game is his fifth multi-point performance of the season.
- William Nylander scored the fourth Toronto goal of the night at 1:03 of the second period and later picked up the secondary assist on Andreas Johnsson’s first goal in the second period. Nylander has assists (3) and points (1-3-4) in three consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his fourth multi-point game of the season.
- Andreas Johnsson scored the fifth Maple Leafs goal of the game at 3:34 of the second period before adding the sixth Toronto goal of the night on the power play at 7:07 of the second period. Tonight’s game is Johnsson’s first multi-goal and third multi-point performance of the season. He has now had four career multi-goal games.
- Ilya Mikheyev registered the primary assist on Dermott’s first period goal and later had the secondary assist on Tavares’ first period goal. Mikheyev has five assists over his last four games played. Tonight’s game is his second career multi-assist performance and his second multi-assist performance over Toronto’s last three games.
- Frederik Gauthier recorded the primary assist on Barrie’s first period goal. Gauthier has recorded five points (2-3-5) in 26 games played this season. Three (1-2-3) of his five points have come against Atlantic Division opponents.
- Dmytro Timashov collected the secondary assist on Barrie’s first period goal. Timashov has five points (1-4-5) in 17 games this season. All five of his points have come in seven games against Atlantic Division teams. Toronto is 4-0-0 when Timashov records a point.
- Morgan Rielly registered the primary assist on Nylander’s second period goal and later recorded the primary assist on Johnsson’s second period goal. Tonight’s game is Rielly’s third multi-assist performance of the season and the 26th multi-assist game of his career. He has recorded multiple points on four occasions this season.
- Jason Spezza recorded the primary assist on Johnsson’s second goal in the second period. Spezza has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has five points (2-3-5) over his last five games played. Five of his six assists have been primary assists.
- Kasperi Kapanen had the secondary assist on Johssson’s second goal in the second period. Kapanen has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has two assists in two games against the Red Wings this season. He has 11 points (5-6-11) in 13 road games in 2019-20.
- Frederik Andersen stopped 25 shots to earn his first shutout of the season. He was also the last Maple Leaf goaltender to earn a shutout in Detroit on January 25, 2017 (4-0 W).
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||16 (16)||26 (23)||12 (12)||–||54 (51)|
|DETROIT||11 (11)||5 (5)||9 (9)||–||25 (25)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||20 (20)||35 (32)||23 (23)||–||78 (75)|
|DETROIT||23 (23)||8 (8)||11 (11)||–||42 (42)|
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
|Record on the Road||6-7-0 (13 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Detroit||292-281-93-5 (671 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Detroit on the Road||118-173-46-2 (339 Games)|
|Record vs. Eastern Conference||6-7-4 (17 Games)|
|Record vs. Atlantic Division||4-4-1 (9 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shots||6 (Barrie, Johnsson, Rielly)|
|Shot Attempts||9 (Engvall)|
|Faceoff Wins||9 (Spezza)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||75% (Nylander – 6 won, 2 lost)|
|Blocked Shots||1 (Five players tied)|
|Power Play TOI||1:02 (Five players tied)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||78.3% (Engvall, Gauthier – 18 for, 5 against)|
|Lead after 1||5-1-1|
|Lead after 2||8-0-2|
|Score one power play goal||4-3-2|
|Do not allow a power play goal||7-2-0|
- The Maple Leafs did not go on the penalty kill and went 1-for-1 on the power play tonight.
- Toronto did not take a penalty for the first time in 2019-20. The last time the club had a penalty-free game was March 13, 2019 vs. Chicago (5-4 L).
- According to NHL Stats, the Maple Leafs scored at least six goals in Detroit for 18th time in franchise history and first since March 4, 1994.
- Per NHL Stats, the Maple Leafs’ 42 shots on goal through the first two periods of play marked the fourth time since shots by period was officially tracked (1965-66) that the club had recorded 40 or more shots on goal after 40 minutes of play. (Most Recent: February 3, 1996 vs. Montreal – 4-1 L)
- Cody Ceci and Morgan Rielly were on the ice for a team-high 34 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Ceci finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 68 percent (34 for, 16 against), while Rielly finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 77.3 percent (34 for, 10 against).
- Frederik Gauthier won 67 percent (4 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone draws.
- William Nylander went 4-for-4 (100%) when taking offensive zone faceoffs.
- Friday, November 29, 4:00 p.m. at Buffalo Sabres (TSN4, FAN 590)
- Saturday, November 30, 7:00 p.m. vs. Buffalo Sabres (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
- Tuesday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. at Philadelphia Flyers (TSN4, TSN 1050)
- Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. vs. Colorado Avalanche (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Saturday, December 7, 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis Blues (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)