RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors begin a three-game homestand Sunday night when they host the Utah Jazz at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto has won a season-high six straight games (Nov. 18-29). The Raptors have won 10 of the last 12 meetings with the Jazz. Pascal Siakam averaged 22.0 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds in two victories over Utah last season. Toronto has swept the season-series with the Jazz four times in the last six seasons (2013-19).
• Toronto has set a franchise record with eight straight victories at home to begin the season. The Raptors won seven consecutive games at Scotiabank Arena to open the 2018-19 campaign. Toronto is one of just four teams in the NBA still without a loss at home, joining Boston (7-0), Miami (8-0) and Philadelphia (9-0). The Raptors’ average margin of victory at home this season is +14.8 points, with four double-digit victories.
• The Raptors will play 11 of 16 games at home in the month of December after playing eight of 13 on the road in November. December is Toronto’s busiest month of the season and includes three back-to-back sets. Ten of the Raptors’ 16 games in December are against teams currently with a +.500. Toronto is 2-4 vs. teams with a winning record this season.
• Norman Powell scored a career-high 33 points (12-18 FG, 5-8 3PT, 4-4 FT), including 19 in the third quarter, in 39 minutes of action Nov. 29 at Orlando. Powell scored 30+ points for the second time in his career (Last: 30 – Apr. 13, 2016 at Brooklyn). The Raptors have had four different players score 30 or more points this season: Pascal Siakam (seven times), Fred VanVleet (twice), Kyle Lowry and Powell. • Orlando shot just .346 (27-for-78) from the field, including .241 (7-for-29) from three-point distance, on Friday night. It marked the eighth time this season the Raptors have held their opponent below 40 percent shooting from the floor (6-2); something they did five times during the regular season last year. Toronto currently leads the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.408) and ranks fourth in both opponent threepoint field goal percentage (.330) and points allowed per game (103.8)
• Fred VanVleet finished with 22 points and a career-high seven steals Nov. 29 at Orlando. VanVleet became the seventh player in team history to record at least seven steals in a single game, joining Doug Christie (seven times), Alvin Robertson, Jerome Williams, Morris Peterson, Chris Bosh, and most recently, Kyle Lowry. Lowry registered a career-best seven steals Mar. 13, 2015 vs. Miami. • Toronto shot .512 (21-for-41) from beyond the arc and tied a single game franchise record with 21 3-point field goals Nov. 27 vs. New York. It marked the second time this season, and just the fifth time in team history, the Raptors made at least 20 threes in a single game. Toronto currently leads the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage (.395) and ranks fourth in three-point field goals per game (14.3) – behind Houston (15.7), New Orleans (14.9) and Dallas (14.4).
• The Raptors’ 14 wins through 18 games ties the best start in franchise history. Toronto also started the regular season 14-4 in 2014-15 and 2018-19. The Raptors are 5-2 vs. the Western Conference this season. Toronto has finished with a +.500 record against the West each of the last six seasons (2013-19).
F – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 30.1 REB: 5.6 AST: 1.6 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 11.3
• Recorded two points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 35 minutes Nov. 29 at Orlando. • Ranks sixth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.477); has made three or more threes five times. • Toronto is a perfect 9-0 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points (Last: 13 – Nov. 27 vs. New York).
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 36.9 REB: 8.6 AST: 3.9 STL: 0.8 TO: 2.8 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 25.1
• Posted seventh double-double with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds Nov. 29 at Orlando. • Ranks 14th in the NBA in scoring (25.1) and third in minutes per game (36.9). • Has scored 30+ points seven times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.
C – MARC GASOL #33
MIN: 28.6 REB: 6.6 AST: 3.3 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.3 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 5.8
• Finished with six points, seven rebounds and one assist in 32 minutes Nov. 29 at Orlando. • Reached 12,000 career points in the NBA Nov. 16 at Dallas. • Has collected 10+ rebounds three times this season, including a season-high 12 rebounds Nov. 2 at Milwaukee.
G – NORMAN POWELL #24
MIN: 27.9 REB: 3.8 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.7 TO: 1.5 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 12.7
• Scored a career and game-high 33 points in 39 minutes Nov. 29 at Orlando – his second career 30-point effort. • Averaging 15.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 30.8 minutes in 10 games as a starter. • Has scored in double figures in nine of the last 11 games (Nov. 8-29); averaging 16.1 points during this stretch.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 37.8 REB: 3.9 AST: 7.3 STL: 2.0 TO: 2.7 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 18.5
• Recorded 22 points, five rebounds, four assists and a career-high seven steals Nov. 29 at Orlando. • Leads the NBA in minutes per game (37.8) and tied for 10th in assists (7.5). • Toronto is 7-1 this season when VanVleet scores 20 or more points (Last: 22 – Nov. 29 at Orlando).
INJURY REPORT Dewan Hernandez (Right thumb; sprain) – Questionable Serge Ibaka (Right ankle; sprain) – Questionable Stanley Johnson (Left groin; stress reaction) – Out Kyle Lowry (Left thumb; distal phalanx fracture) – Doubtful Patrick McCaw (Left knee; surgery) – Out Matt Thomas (Left middle finger; distal phalanx fracture) – Out
TONIGHT’S GAME DETAILS Opponent: Utah Jazz Date: Sunday, December 1 Tip-Off: 6 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto
SERIES RECAP VS. UTAH
OVERALL HOME ROAD 2018-19
2-0 1-0 1-0
ALL-TIME 18-27 9-13 9-14
STREAKS Won 2 Won 1 Won 3
LAST WIN: January 1, 2019 (122-116)
LAST HOME WIN: January 1, 2019 (122-116)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +24, November 9, 2013
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -32, December 7, 2012
LAST TIME VS. UTAH
GAME 39 – JANUARY 1, 2019 TORONTO 122, UTAH 116
TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 45 points, Pascal Siakam had a career-best 28 points with 10 rebounds, and Toronto beat the Utah Jazz 122-116 … Norman Powell scored a season-high 14 points, and the Raptors won their fourth straight at home despite playing without All-Star guard Kyle Lowry (sore back) and center Jonas Valanciunas (dislocated left thumb) … Leonard shot 16 for 22 overall, missing all three attempts from 3-point range, and went 13 for 17 at the free-throw line … Jae Crowder scored a career-high 30 points, Derrick Favors had 21 and Donovan Mitchell scored 19 for the Jazz … Utah’s Rudy Gobert scored 16 points, and Ricky Rubio had 14 … Leonard made all seven of his fieldgoal attempts in the third quarter and added five foul shots … After making two 3-pointers in the first half, the Raptors connected on their first three long-range shots of the third quarter, turning a two-point halftime deficit into a 12-point edge midway through the quarter … Siakam went 3 for 3 from 3-point range in the third and scored 13 points … Toronto outscored Utah 44-32 to take a 95-85 lead into the fourth … The Raptors set a franchise record with 44 points in the third quarter.
1 2 3 4 TOT UTAH
24 29 32 31 116
INJURY REPORTS AT 1:30 SUNDAY
UTA@TOR Toronto Raptors Hernandez, Dewan Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Thumb; Sprain – Ibaka, Serge Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain – Johnson, Stanley Out Injury/Illness – Left Groin; Stress reaction – Lowry, Kyle Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Thumb; Fracture – distal phalanx – McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery – Ponds, Shamorie Available G League – Two-Way Out Thomas, Matt Out Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Middle: fracture – distal phalanx – Utah Jazz Brantley, Jarrell Out G League – Two-Way – Morgan, Juwan Out G League – On Assignment – Oni, Miye Out G League – On Assignment – Wright-Foreman, Justin Out G League – Two-Way
TORONTO 26 25 44 27 122
NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Miami Heat Date: Tuesday, December 3 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto
LAST GAME’S STARTERS
44 BOJAN BOGDANOVIĆ F • 6-8 • 226 • Croatia
PPG • 22.1 RPG • 4.4 APG • 2.2
• Posted career-highs in points (18.0), rebounds (4.1), assists (2.0), steals (0.9), field goal percentage (.497) and 3-point percentage (.425) last season with the Indiana Pacers • Ranked 38th in field goal percentage and 10th in 3-point percentage in the league last year
23 ROYCE O’NEALE F • 6-4 • 222 • Baylor
PPG • 5.9 RPG • 4.6 APG • 2.6
• Third on team in field goal percentage in 201819 (.475) (minimum 200 attempts) • Has played in both Spain and Germany • Born in Harker Heights, Texas
27 RUDY GOBERT C • 7-1 • 258 • Cholet Basket
PPG • 13.4 RPG • 13.9 BPG • 2.1
• Two time NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2018, 2019) • 2016-17 All-NBA Second Team and 2018-19 All-NBA Third Team • First player since Wilt Chamberlain (1966-67) to total over 1,200 points on better than 65 percent shooting and 1,000 rebounds in a single season (2018-19)
45 DONOVAN MITCHELL G • 6-1 • 220 • Louisville
PPG • 25.3 RPG • 5.1 APG • 3.7
• Led all NBA sophomores in scoring in 2018-19 (23.8 ppg) • Two-time Western Conference Player of the Week (1/6-1/13 & 2/25-3/3) • Youngest player in Jazz history to score 45+ points in a single game (46 vs. MIL 3/2/19)
10 MIKE CONLEY G • 6-0• 180 • Ohio State
PPG • 13.9 RPG • 3.6 APG • 4.6
• Currently one of only 10 active players to have totaled over 11,000 points, 4,500 assists, 2000 rebounds and 1,000 steals • NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week (week of March 4-10, 2019) • Three-time NBA Sportsmanship Award winner (2014, 2016, 2019) 2019-20
Jarrell Brantley – OUT (G League – Two Way) Justin Wright-Foreman – OUT (G League – Two Way) Juwan Morgan – OUT (G League Assignment) Miye Oni – OUT (G League Assignment)
CONNECTIONS: Raptors C Marc Gasol and Jazz G Mike Conley played together in Memphis for 11 seasons from 2008-2019 … Jazz F Juwan Morgan and Raptors F OG Anunoby both played collegiately at Indiana University … Jazz F Georges Niang and Raptors F Matt Thomas were teammates at Iowa State for three season (2013-2016)
GOOD COMPANY This season, Donovan Mitchell is one of four qualified guards to be averaging over 25 points and five rebounds per game. Among those players, he is the shortest at 6-1.
REBOUNDIN’ RUDY Jazz Center Rudy Gobert has collected 13.9 rebounds per game so far this season, making him third in the NBA in rebounds per game, only behind Andre Drummond (17.1) and Clint Capela (14.7)
STARTING STRONG Through the first 12 games of the season, Donovan Mitchell scored a total of 305 points. He is the first Jazzman to score more than 300 points through 12 games since Karl Malone scored 302 points in the 1999-2000 season and the first Jazz guard to do so since Adrian Dantley scored 373 points in 1985-86.
STIFLE’S SCREEN ASSISTS Rudy Gobert has recorded 139 screen assists so far this season, good for first in the NBA. Gobert has 13 more screen assists than anyone else in the league, with Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis being second on the list with 126 screen assists.
RUDY’S BIG NIGHT By going 11-of-12 from the field against the Warriors on 11/11, Rudy Gobert recorded the highest field goal percentage (91.7%) by a Jazzman with at least 10 FGA’s since Karl Malone shot 12-of-12 from the field on 2/3/2001.
HOME COOKIN’ The Jazz have begun the 2019-20 campaign with 8-1 record at games played at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jazz join the Los Angeles Lakers (9-1) and Los Angeles Clippers (11-1) as the only western conference teams with only one home loss this season.
BEATING THE BUZZER The Jazz defeated the Milwaukee Bucks on 11/8 thanks to a heroic three-pointer at the buzzer from Bojan Bogdanović, giving him 33 points on the evening. The game winning shot marked the first buzzer beater by a Jazzman since Rudy Gobert on 3/5/17, who connected on a shot at the buzzer against the Sacramento Kings to give the Jazz a 110-109 victory in overtime.
THE 900 CLUB In the 110-96 victory over the Clippers on 10/30, Rudy Gobert recorded his 900th career blocked shot. Gobert becomes just the fifth Jazzman to record at least 900 blocks, joining Mark Eaton (3,064), Andrei Kirilenko (1,380), Greg Ostertag (1,253) and Karl Malone (1,125).
RUDY SEEING DOUBLE By tallying 14 points and 16 rebounds on 11/6 against the Philadelphia 76ers, Gobert collected his 203rd career double-double, putting him at fourth all-time in Jazz history. Gobert now trails only Karl Malone (799), John Stockton (714) and Carlos Boozer (212).
NEW ADDITONS The Jazz welcome a total of 10 new players to their roster for the 2019-20 season. NBA veterans new to the Jazz this year include Mike Conley (last w/Memphis), Bojan Bogdanović (last w/Indiana), Emmanuel Mudiay (last w/New York), Jeff Green (last w/Washington) and Ed Davis (last w/Brooklyn). The Jazz have five rookies on their roster, including Miye Oni (Yale), Jarrell Brantley (Charleston), Justin Wright-Foreman (Hofstra), Juwan Morgan (Indiana) and Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga, last w/Olympiacos.
DYNAMITE DONOVAN In the season opening game against the Thunder on 10/23, Donovan Mitchell poured in 32 points in addition to pulling down 12 rebounds. With his performance, Mitchell became just the fourth Jazzman to put in at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in the team’s opening game and the first player to do so since Carlos Boozer had 32 points and 15 rebounds on 10/30/2007 against the Warriors.
JOE THREE-INGLES With 694 three pointers made, Joe Ingles sits in second place in Jazz history in 3PM. Ingles is one of just seven players in Jazz franchise history to knock down 500 or more threes, joining John Stockton (845), Gordon Hayward (689), Bryon Russell (540), Darrell Griffith (530), Mehmet Okur (517) and Deron Williams (511).
RAINING TRIPLES AFTER TWO In the Utah’s 113-81 victory over the Sacramento Kings on 10/26, the Jazz connected on 13 three-pointers in the first half. The 13 triples tied the franchise record for three-pointers in a half, also making 13 in through two quarters against the Denver Nuggets last season on 1/23/19. Bojan Bogdanović led the way with four first half triples, which is tied for fourth-most three-pointers in the first half by a Jazzman.
IRON MAN JOE Per Elias Sports Bureau, Joe Ingles has now played 323-straight games, the longest active streak in the NBA. Also, since the start of the 2014-15 season, Ingles has played in more games (425) than anyone else in the NBA.
YOU KIDDIN ME? PLAYOFFS? Utah finished the 2018-19 season with a 50-32 record, advancing to the playoffs for the third consecutive season. The Jazz finished the second half of the season strong, posting a 18-7 (.720) record after the All-Star Break. Since the 2016-17 season, the Jazz are third in the NBA with a 52-22 (.703) post All-Star Break record, behind only the Houston Rockets (56-18, .757) and the Portland Trail Blazers (54-21, .720).
50 WIN SEASON The Jazz finished last season at 50-32 good for 5th in the Western Conference. That marked the 16th time in Jazz history they have won 50 or more games in a single season and second time in the last three seasons, going 51-31 in 2016-17.
FRENCHMEN CAN DUNK Rudy Gobert finished the 2018-19 season with 306 dunks, setting an NBA record for dunks in a single-season. Gobert was trailed by Giannis Antetokounmpo (279), Clint Capela (240), Montrezl Harrell (203) and JaVale McGee (201).
BIG MAN, BIG YEAR Rudy Gobert became the first player since Artis Gilmore in 198182 to be averaging over 15 points on 65 percent-or-better from the field, 10-or-more rebounds and at least two blocks. The last two times that has been done in a single season since 1946-47 were by Artis Gilmore in 1980-81 and 1981-82.
GO CRAZY, GOBERT During the 2018-19 season, Gobert totaled 1,284 points and 1,041 rebounds on .669 shooting from the field, making him the second player in NBA history to record at least 1,200 points and 1,000 rebounds on .650 shooting from the field. The only other player in NBA history to achieve this feat was Wilt Chamberlain during the 1966-67 season (1,956 points, 1,957 rebounds on .683 shooting).
MITCHELL AND NETS Last season against Milwaukee (3/2), Donovan Mitchell registered a career-high 46 points on 15-32 shooting from the field, including career-highs in both free throws made (11) and attempted (14). With 46 points, Mitchell (22 years-176 days) became the youngest player in franchise history to score 45+ points in a single game (prev. Adrian Dantley (23 years-272 days). Mitchell also set career-highs for points in a half (31 pts in the second half) and a quarter (19 pts in the fourth quarter).