Kyrie Irving’s Failure To Win Over Boston Didn’t Surprise To Kevin Garnett —

Kevin Garnett wasn’t surprised when Kyrie Irving skipped town. The NBA legend explained to the New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy on Tuesday why the point guard’s decision to leave the Boston Celtics last summer in free agency didn’t shock him at all. Garnett believes Irving’s seemingly mercurial mindset fit poorly with the Celtics’ passionately…

Kyrie Irving’s Failure To Win Over Boston Didn’t Surprise To Kevin Garnett —


Toronto, ON (December 3, 2019) – Giants of Africa and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri will host a youth summit in honour of Nelson Mandela on the anniversary of his passing, Thursday December 5th. The youth event marks the sixth consecutive year that Giants of Africa, the not-for-profit founded by Ujiri, will pay homage to the late South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

In partnership with the Hon. Ahmed Hussen and with the support of Bell Canada and KPMG, this year’s ‘Giant of Africa Youth Summit’ will bring together 500 at-risk youth from north west Toronto to celebrate Mandela’s vision of empowerment and change.  The participants will learn about the late South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner’s vision for global action by encouraging youth to ‘Be the Change’.  The daytime event will feature a roster of inspiring and motivational special guests who will discuss how youth can be a force for change within their own community and around the world. Alongside Ujiri, panelists will include Ilwad Elman, the chief operating officer of the Elman Peace Centre, located in Mogadishu, Somalia, (New African Top 100 Most Influential Africans list); Toronto Raptors scout Sarah Chan; MTV VMA award winning choreographer, Sherrie Silver (New African Top 100 Most Influential Africans list); and Jamal Burger, photographer and founder of The Kickback.

“Nelson Mandela’s life inspires me to keep trying to change the world, and that led to the creation of Giants of Africa,” Ujiri said. “Personally, basketball changed my life. It took me from northern Nigeria to where I am today. I truly believe that it has the power to bring people together and accelerate transformation in the lives of youth and their community.  Giants of Africa is committed to using basketball as a tool to inspire and encourage youth to dream big.”

“There’s no better way to honour Nelson Mandela, himself a giant of Africa and a giant to the entire world, than by inspiring our young people,” Hussen said. “Youth simply need to believe that they can be successful and exceptional. As Mandela once eloquently said: ‘There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.’ Thank you Masai for your incredible leadership of providing youth with the opportunity to dream.”

A tribute to Mandela’s life will also be recognized in-game as the Raptors take on the Houston Rockets on Dec. 5.

A native of Nigeria, Ujiri’s love of basketball paved his way to becoming the first African-raised general manager for a major North American sports team. Founded in 2003, Giants of Africa leverages basketball as a tool for young boys and girls to Dream Big, and visualize opportunities for their future in Africa and around the world. To learn more about the organization go to or follow Giants of Africa on Facebook at , and on Twitter @GiantsofAfrica


MAPLE LEAFS AT FLYERS PREGAME NOTES: Kasperi Kapanen has a goal and an assist in two games against Philadelphia this season.- Leads the Maple Leafs in points recorded on the road this season (6 goals, 7 assists).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (13-11-4 – 30 Points) vs.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (15-7-5 – 35 Points)

DECEMBER 3, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050


ALL-TIME RECORD:64-92-22-7 (185 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:27-54-8-3 (92 Games)
LAST 10:4-3-3


GAMES PLAYED:John Tavares (46) Jason Spezza (41), Morgan Rielly (18)
GOALS:John Tavares (19), Jason Spezza (10), William Nylander (5)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (17), Morgan Rielly (10)
POINTS:John Tavares (36), Jason Spezza (33), Morgan Rielly (11)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (67), John Tavares (14), Jake Muzzin (10)


GOALS FOR (Rank):92 (t-4th)82 (17th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       90 (t-25th)73 (6th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):16/82 [19.5%] (13th)19/96 [19.8%] (12th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):66/88 [75.0%] (t-26th)66/77 [85.7%] (3rd)
SHOTS (Rank):950 (1st)894 (t-9th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1452 (1st)1202 (t-13th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):53.8% (3rd)51.4% (9th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.7% (2nd)53.9% (1st)


FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:January 24, 1968 vs. Philadelphia (Philadelphia 2, Toronto 1)
ALL-TIME RECORD:64-92-22-7 (185 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:37-38-14-4 (93 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:27-54-8-3 (92 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:November 2, 2019 (Toronto 4, Philadelphia 3 SO)


Andreas Johnsson100th NHL game (Nov. 9, 2019 vs. PHI)
Morgan Rielly100th career NHL point (Nov. 11, 2016 vs. PHI)
Jason SpezzaFirst career NHL goal (Oct. 29, 2002 (OTT) at PHI)
First goal as a Maple Leaf (Nov. 2, 2019 at PHI)
John Tavares500th career NHL game (March 21, 2016 (NYI) vs. PHI)


GOALS16 (Matthews)
ASSISTS17 (Rielly)
POINTS31 (Matthews)
PIMs18 (Kerfoot, Rielly)
SHOTS104 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.3% (Matthews)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %60.2% (Petan)
TAKEAWAYS24 (Marner)
HITS61 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:51 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:14 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:17 (Ceci)


Frederik Andersen– Is 6-2-0 on the road this season with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.
– Has an 8-2-3 record with a .910 save percentage and a 3.08 goals-against average in 13 career games against Philadelphia.- Tied for the NHL lead in wins (13).- Third in the NHL in saves (607) and tied for fourth in even-strength saves (494).
Tyson Barrie– 10th among NHL defencemen in shots on goal (74).
– Has four assists in seven career games at Philadelphia.   
Cody Ceci– Tied for sixth among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (92:09).- Has started 181 shifts in the defensive zone, which is tied for the fifth-most defensive zone starts among all NHL skaters.
Frederik Gauthier– Has won 56.8 percent (83 won, 63 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.
Justin Holl– Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 55.5 percent at 5-on-5, which leads all Maple Leafs defencemen.
Michael Hutchinson– Ranks ninth among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in fewer than 10 games in saves (197).
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 56.7 percent, which ranks fifth among Toronto skaters.
– Averaging 17:58 per game in ice time through nine games since returning from injury, which ranks fifth among Toronto forwards.
Kasperi Kapanen– Has a goal and an assist in two games against Philadelphia this season.- Leads the Maple Leafs in points recorded on the road this season (6 goals, 7 assists).
Auston Matthews– Eighth among NHL skaters in goals (16).- Tied for fifth among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (12).- Tied for 10th among NHL skaters in points (16-15-31).- One of nine NHL skaters with at least 100 shots on goal to this point of the season (104).- Has a pair of assists in two games against the Flyers this season.
Ilya Mikheyev– Second among NHL skaters in shorthanded shots on goal (10).- Second among NHL rookies in shots on goal (68).- Leads NHL rookies and is tied for second on the Maple Leafs in even-strength points (4-13-17).
Jake Muzzin– Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in even-strength assists (9).- One of seven NHL defencemen and 18 NHL skaters to have registered at least 55 hits (61) and at least 50 shots on goal (58).
William Nylander– Has a goal and an assist in two games against the Flyers this season.- Recorded 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists) in 14 games during the month of November.- Has notched eight primary assists, which is tied for third among Toronto skaters.  
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in points (3-17-20).- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-12-15).- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in even-strength assists (12).- 11th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:51).- Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.8).- Has six assists in eight games against Metropolitan Division teams.
Jason Spezza– Averaged the fourth-most points per game (0.89) among Toronto skaters during the month of November (3-5-8; 9 GP).- Averaging 3.1 points per 60 minutes of ice time this season.
John Tavares– Has scored 19 career goals against the Flyers, which is tied for his third-highest goal total against a single opponent. – Has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in five games against Metropolitan Division opposition this season.- Leads the Maple Leafs in faceoff wins (200). He is one of 36 NHLers to have won at least 200 faceoffs in 2019-20.- Leads the Maple Leafs in power play faceoffs won (53.8% – 42 won, 36 lost).


Kasperi KapanenHas assists (3) in three consecutive games and points (2-3-5) in four consecutive games.
John TavaresHas goals (4) and points (4-2-6) in three consecutive games.


Frederik AndersenThree wins from 200 career NHL wins.
Morgan RiellyTwo games from 500 career NHL games.


John Tavares400th NHL assist (November 30 vs Buffalo)


Mitch Marner (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Shoulder)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 59


November 29Loaned defenceman Martin Marincin to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Players Trust joins global Giving Tuesday movement with $100,000 grant to California Strong

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 — The Major League Baseball Players Trust joined with organizations around the world in recognition of Giving Tuesday by awarding a $100,000 grant to California Strong to provide continued assistance to the thousands of people affected by wildfires and other tragic events that have devastated parts of the state in recent years.

California Strong was founded by big leaguers Ryan Braun, Mike Moustakas and Christian Yelich, as well as Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff and others, to address the immediate needs people and their families face following tragic events, including securing hotel accommodations, replacement of personal items and deposits towards temporary housing.

“We are excited to join the Giving Tuesday movement with our support for California Strong,” said Leonor Colon, Senior Director of International and Domestic Player Operations for the Major League Baseball Players Association.  “It is inspiring when our players unite to assist those in need in their communities.”

Braun, Moustakas and Yelich said in a prepared statement,  “We are incredibly grateful for this generous donation from the MLB Players Trust. With their help, we plan to continue to provide support, assistance & financial aid to those in need.”

The Players Trust will also support the nonprofit’s second celebrity softball tournament on Jan. 12 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Last year’s fund-raising softball event helped raise more than $1 million with the support of the actors, musicians and athletes who participated. Tickets are on sale for the fund-raising event at

Players Trust

The Players Trust is the collective charity of Major League Baseball Players. Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes. Each year the Players Trust distributes more than $1.5 million in annual grants and programs. For additional information, please visit Follow the Trust on Twitter (@MLBPlayersTrust) and Instagram (mlbplayerstrust).

California Strong

California Strong founders include Milwaukee Brewers members and California natives Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun and Mike Moustakas, Mike Attanasio of the Milwaukee Brewers ownership group and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff. The organization is committed to providing immediate financial support to victims whenever a disaster strikes anywhere in the state. For more information about California Strong or to donate, visit

Former NBA Star Luol Deng Elected President Of South Sudan’s Basketball Body — KahawaTungu

Ex-NBA star Luol Deng is the new president of the South Sudan Basketball Federation (SSBF). The 34-year-old three-time NBA All Star clinched the seat unopposed during the body’s General Assembly last month. Deng was born in Wau in what is now South Sudan, but was forced to flee the country five years later due to […]

Former NBA Star Luol Deng Elected President Of South Sudan’s Basketball Body — KahawaTungu

NBA G League Names Celtics’ Rookie Tremont Waters Player Of The Month —

Have yourself a month, Tremont Waters. The Boston Celtics rookie has been named the NBA G League’s Player of the Month for November. He averaged 22.3 points, 7.8 assists and 1.7 steals in seven games with the Maine Red Claws this season. @Celtics #2WayPlayer Tremont Waters has been named the 1st #NBAGLeague Player of the…

NBA G League Names Celtics’ Rookie Tremont Waters Player Of The Month —

Leafs’ Rielly on side with power play change — Toronto Sun

The Maple Leafs power play has looked a little better under Sheldon Keefe, and now there’s more changes coming. While Mitch Marner is still a few days away from rejoining the No. 1 unit, with Auston Matthews and William Nylander, Keefe has decided to capitalize on Tyson Barrie’s revival since the coaching change. He’ll now […]

Leafs’ Rielly on side with power play change — Toronto Sun

Penguins report cards: how each player is performing a third of the way through the season — Shirey Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins currently find themselves occupying the second wild card spot in the eastern conference with a 14-9-4 record through 27-games. Their record is impressive and frustrating at the same time. The Penguins have been one of the most injured teams in the league this season and have played only a handful of games with a […]

Penguins report cards: how each player is performing a third of the way through the season — Shirey Sports

HEAT AT RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES: Toronto (9-0) is one of just four teams in the NBA still without a loss at home, joining Boston (7-0), Miami (8-0) and Philadelphia (10-0). The Raptors’ average margin of victory at home this season is +15.3 points, with five double-digit victories.


MIA@TOR Miami Heat Dragic, Goran Out Injury/Illness – Right Groin; Strain – Okpala, KZ Out Injury/Illness – Left Achilles; Strain – Toronto Raptors Brissett, Oshae Out G League – On Assignment – Hernandez, Dewan Out G League – On Assignment – 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 Out G League – Two-Way – Thomas, Matt Out Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Middle; fracture – distal phalanx


• The Toronto Raptors continue a three-game homestand (Nov. 1-5) Tuesday night when they host the Miami Heat at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto has won a season-high seven straight games (Nov. 18 – Dec. 1). The Raptors swept the season-series (4-0) with Miami in 2018-19 for the second time in franchise history. Pascal Siakam averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in four victories over the Heat last season. Toronto is 13-5 against the Heat over the past five seasons (2014-19), winning the season-series four times during this stretch.

• Toronto has set a franchise record with nine 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 +15.3 points, with five double-digit victories.

Pascal Siakam scored a game-high 35 points (14-22 FG, 5-9 3PT, 2-2 FT), including 19 in the first quarter, Dec. 1 vs. Utah. His 19 points in the opening frame tied a career high for points in a quarter. Siakam also scored 19 points in the third quarter Feb. 13, 2019 vs. Washington and Oct. 30, 2019 vs. Detroit.

• Toronto led 77-37 at the half Wednesday night vs. Utah. Pascal Siakam scored 26 points and the Raptors had 21 assists on 29 made field goals in the first two quarters. The 40-point lead was the largest halftime lead in franchise history, the biggest halftime lead in the NBA this season, the largest halftime deficit in Jazz team history, and tied for the eighth-biggest lead at the half in NBA history.

• 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. The Raptors’ 11 games at Scotiabank Arena tie the franchise record for most home games in a calendar month – Toronto also played 11 games at home in March 2016.

Pascal Siakam has now scored 30 or more points in eight of the first 19 games of the season, including three times in the last five games (Nov. 23 – Dec. 1). Siakam’s eight 30-point outings in the first 20 games are second most in Raptors history behind only DeMar DeRozan who scored 30+ points 10 times in the first 20 games during the 2016-17 campaign.

• The Raptors shot a season-high .528 (19-for-36) from three-point range Dec. 1 vs. Utah. Toronto has made 51 three-point field goals over the last three games, shooting .443 (51-for-115) from beyond the arc. Fred VanVleet (12) and Pascal Siakam (11) have combined for 23 threes during this stretch. Toronto currently leads the NBA in three-point percentage (.389) and ranks fourth in three-pointers made per game (14.5), Houston (15.7), New Orleans (15.0) and Dallas (14.5).

Fred VanVleet has scored 20 or more points in five of the past six games (Nov. 20 – Dec. 1). VanVleet is averaging 21.8 points, while shooting .468 (44-94) from the floor and .409 (18-44) from three-point distance during this stretch. VanVleet has now reached the 20-point mark nine times this season; something he did seven times in his first three seasons combined (2016-19).



MIN: 30.1 REB: 5.6 AST: 1.7 STL: 1.3 TO: 1.3 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 11.2

• Recorded 10 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists in 30 minutes Dec. 1 vs. Utah. • Ranks ninth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.470); has made three or more threes six times. • Toronto is a perfect 10-0 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points (Last: 10 – Dec. 1 vs. Utah).


MIN: 36.8 REB: 8.4 AST: 4.0 STL: 0.9 TO: 2.9 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 25.6

• Posted a game-high 35 points, five rebounds, and five assists in 35 minutes Dec. 1 vs. Utah. • Ranks 11th in the NBA in scoring (25.6) and fifth in minutes per game (36.8). • Has scored 30+ points eight times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.


MIN: 28.4 REB: 6.5 AST: 3.5 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.3 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 6.1

• Finished with 11 points, six assists, and five rebounds in 25 minutes Dec. 1 vs. Utah. • 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.


MIN: 28.1 REB: 3.8 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.7 TO: 1.4 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 12.8

• Totaled 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and a season-high four steals in 33 minutes Dec. 1 vs. Utah. • Averaging 15.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 31 minutes in 11 games as a starter. • Has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 11 games (Nov. 8 – Dec. 1); averaging 16.0 points during this span.


MIN: 37.5 REB: 3.9 AST: 7.5 STL: 2.0 TO: 2.5 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 18.6

• Recorded 21 points, five rebounds and a season high-tying 11 assists in 32 minutes Dec. 1 vs. Utah. • Leads the NBA in minutes per game (37.5) and ranked eighth in assists per game (7.5). • Toronto is 8-1 this season when VanVleet scores 20 or more points (Last: 21 – Dec. 1 vs. Utah).


Stanley Johnson (Left groin; stress reaction) – Out; Kyle Lowry (Left thumb; distal phalanx fracture) – TBD ;Patrick McCaw (Left knee; surgery) – Out ;Matt Thomas (Left middle finger; distal phalanx fracture) – Out

Opponent: Miami Heat Date: Tuesday, December 3 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto:



4-0 2-0 2-0


34-52 21-21 13-31


Won 4 Won 3 Won 2

LAST WIN: April 7, 2019 (117-109 OT)

LAST HOME WIN: April 7, 2019 (117-109 OT)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +42, March 19, 2008

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -30, March 8, 1996


GAME 81 – APRIL 7, 2019 TORONTO 117, MIAMI 109 (OT)

TORONTO – Pascal Siakam had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points and the Toronto Raptors beat Miami 117-109 in overtime … Norman Powell matched his season high with 23 points, Danny Green scored seven of his 21 points in overtime and OG Anunoby had 12 as Toronto won its fourth straight over the Heat … Dwyane Wade scored 21 points and James Johnson had 18 for the Heat, who have lost a season-high four straight …Dion Waiters scored 17 points, Justise Winslow had 15 and Hassan Whiteside 14 … With the score tied 103-103, Wade and Leonard each missed 3-pointers in the final 35 seconds of regulation … The Heat called timeout with 10 seconds left after grabbing Leonard’s miss, but couldn’t capitalize … James Johnson missed a potential winning jumper, and Bam Adebayo couldn’t beat the buzzer with his layup … Green opened the extra session with a 3, then added a layup to put Toronto up five, the biggest margin for either team since the start of the fourth quarter … The Raptors outscored the Heat 16-6 in overtime … The crowd of 19,800 rose for a brief ovation when Wade checked in for the first time at 6:18 of the first … The 16-year veteran intends to retire at the end of the season.

1 2 3 4 OT TOT

MIAMI 26 31 22 24 6 109

TORONTO 25 25 28 25 14 117

NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Houston Rockets Date: Thursday, December 5 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: TSN Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN

Serge Ibaka missed 10 games (Nov. 10-29) due to a right ankle sprain; sustained the injury late in the first half Nov. 8 at New Orleans. •Returned Sunday to score 13 points against Utah. • Led the bench in scoring the first seven games of the season; averaged 14.9 points and scored in double figures six times during this span. • Scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed six rebounds Nov. 6 vs. Sacramento. • Blocked a season-best four shots Nov. 2 at Milwaukee. • Recorded nine points and a season-high 10 rebounds Oct. 28 vs. Orlando. • Inactive 10 times.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson tied a season high with 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Nov. 25 vs. Philadelphia. • Finished with 15 points and eight rebounds Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte. • Posted first double-double as a Raptor with season highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes Nov. 13 at Portland. • Scored 10 points Nov. 10 at LA Lakers. • DNP (left groin soreness) Nov. 8 at New Orleans. • Played four minutes in Raptors debut Oct. 26 at Chicago. • Inactive for the first two games of the season (Oct. 22-25) with left groin soreness. • Inactive three times. DNP four times.

Terence Davis II scored in double digits in four of five games (Nov. 18-27); averaging 13.4 points. • Finished with 15 points and a team-high five assists Nov. 27 vs. New York; led the team in assists for the first time. • Set career highs with 19 points (7-10 FG, 3-5 3PT, 2-2 FT) and eight rebounds in 27 minutes Nov. 20 vs. Orlando. • Recorded 16 points and a career-best seven assists Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte; scored all 16 points in the fourth quarter. • Totaled five points (2-6 FG, 1-3 3PT) and five rebounds in 15 minutes in NBA debut Oct. 22 vs. New Orleans.



F 22 JIMMY BUTLER (Marquette)

6-7 230 18.7 5.4 6.6

Leads the NBA in steals per game (2.47).

F 13 BAM ADEBAYO (Kentucky)

6-9 255 13.8 10.3 4.4

Has posted 11 double-doubles this season, helping Miami to a 10-1 record in those games.


7-0 260 6.1 4.2 0.8

Is second in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage at 52.9% (18-of-34). (Minimum 15 attempts)


6-7 215 10.7 2.4 0.8

Hit seven three-point field goals in the second quarter on 11/20 vs. CLE, the most for a quarter in franchise history.

G 25 KENDRICK NUNN (Oakland)

6-2 190 16.4 2.4 3.2

His 16.1 scoring average this season is the third-highest by a rookie.

TV: FOX Sports Sun (Eric Reid, John Crotty, Jason Jackson) Radio: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis) Spanish Radio: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda)

Series Notes: The HEAT and Raptors meet for the first of three matchups this regular season. Last season, Toronto swept the season series, 4-0, after Miami won the previous season series, 2-1. The HEAT is 52-34 all-time versus the Raptors during the regular season, including 31-14 in Miami and 21-20 on the road.

HOT TAKES:Tyler Herro (29 points) and Goran Dragić (21 points) each posted a 20-point performance off the bench in the same game on 10/29 vs. ATL, marking just the 12th time in franchise history two players each posted 20-point games in the same contest as reserves.  Miami is defeating opponents by an average of +14.1 points in wins this season, the third-highest margin in the NBA.  The HEAT has recorded at least 30 assists five times this season, the most through the first 19 games of a season in team history.  Miami has scored at least 70 first half points three times this season, already the most in any season in franchise history.  The HEAT has totaled 2,116 points this season, the most through the first 19 games of a season in franchise history.  Of Miami’s five loses this season, three of them have come on the second night of a back-to-back set on the road.  The HEAT are a perfect 10-0 this season when scoring at least 110 points.

RISING ROOKIES: The HEAT’s rookies are averaging 33.8 points this season, the highest average in the Eastern Conference and the second-highest overall average in the NBA, only the Golden State Warriors’ 34.0ppg is higher. Additionally, Miami’s 33.8 rookie scoring average is currently the second-highest during a single-season in team history.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: The HEAT’s defense ranks among the best in the NBA, ranking second in three-point field goal percentage allowed (.315), second in steals per game (8.95), second in opponent rebounds per game (40.4), third in forced turnovers per game (16.7), fourth in field goals allowed (713), tied for fourth in total steals (170), tied for sixth in opponent plus/minus (-119), seventh in defensive rating (103.5) and seventh in total points allowed (1,997).

UNDRAFTED: Kendrick Nunn has totaled 306 points in the first 19 games of the season. His 306 points are the third-most by an undrafted NBA player in their first 19 games dating back to the 1963-64 season.

HOME SWEET HOME: The HEAT are a perfect 8-0 in Miami this season, tying the best home start in franchise history with the 2012-13 team that also started a perfect 8-0. Miami has recorded a +18.1 scoring margin at home this season, the highest in the entire NBA. Additionally, the last time the HEAT trailed at home at any point after the first quarter came on opening night back on October 23 vs. MEM, marking as the longest such current home streak in the league and the longest since San Antonio also accomplished the feat in seven-straight home games from 3/15/15 – 4/5/15.

20-PLUS: Kendrick Nunn scored at least 20 points in three consecutive games from 11/12 – 11/16 after recording a team-high 20 points vs. DET on 11/12 in a, 117-108, win, a game-high 23 points at CLE on 11/14 in a, 108-97, victory and then a team-high 22 points in a, 109-94, victory vs. NO on 11/16. That marks as the last HEAT rookie to post at least three consecutive 20-point games since Michael Beasley accomplished the feat in five straight games from 4/7/09 – 4/15/09.

COMEBACK KIDS: The HEAT were down by 21 points, 74-53, about a minute into the third quarter on 10/26 before they came back to win, 131126, in overtime at MIL. The 21-point comeback win was their largest since 11/1/15 when they also overcame a 21-point deficit vs. HOU. Additionally, it was their largest comeback on the road since 3/20/13 when they overcame a 27-point deficit at CLE.

TYLER TUESDAY: Tyler Herro scored 29 points vs. ATL on Tuesday 10/29, all off the bench, marking the most by a rookie reserve in franchise history. The previous record was held by Michael Beasley when he scored 28 points off the bench on 3/4/09 vs. PHO. His 29-point effort was also the most points by a HEAT rookie since Dwyane Wade scored 31 points on 2/17/04 vs. UT. Herro scored 19 of his points in the second quarter, the most by a HEAT rookie in a quarter since Caron Butler also scored 19 points in the third quarter on 3/10/03 vs. UT. Additionally, his 29 points off the bench tied for the fifth-most by a HEAT reserve in HEAT history.

HOT START: The HEAT started the game on a 15-0 run at CHI on 11/22, marking their best start to a game since their 18-0 start on 1/13/15 at LAL. Additionally, Miami held a 20-point, 31-11, lead in the first quarter, the second time this season the HEAT has had a 20-point advantage in a first quarter with the other occurrence when they had a 32-point first quarter lead vs. HOU on 11/3.

MR. ROBINSON: Duncan Robinson scored 21 points in the second quarter in just 5:11 minutes of action on 11/20 vs. CLE, that marks as the most points in a quarter by any player in just 5:11 or fewer minutes over the last 20 years (when play-by-plays were more accessible). Additionally, Robinson connected on seven three-point field goals in the quarter, the most treys in a quarter in franchise history, surpassing the previous record of six which has been done three separate times.

OFFENSIVE: The HEAT scored 43 points in the second quarter while finishing the first half with 75 points on 11/20 vs. CLE, both tying the franchise records for points in a second quarter and first half. Miami previously scored 43 points in the second quarter on 2/25/11 at WAS and totaled 75 first half points on 11/19/97 vs. LAC. Additionally, the HEAT connected on 10 three-point field goals in the second quarter, the most for any quarter at home in team history and tying the most for any quarter with their 10 made treys in the third quarter at PHI on 10/30/13.

HOT FROM THE FIELD: Miami shot 54.4 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 90.9 percent from the foul line on 11/14 at CLE, marking just the third time in franchise history the HEAT have shot at least those totals in each category. The only two other times in team history were on 1/26/14 vs. SA (58.1% FG, 42.1% 3FG, 95.0% FT) and 1/11/00 at MIN (55.6% FG, 73.3% 3FG, 93.8% FT).

JIMMY BUCKETS: Jimmy Butler became the first player in NBA history to shoot at least 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the field and be perfect from both three-point range (2-of-2) and the foul line (10-of-10) with at least that many attempts in each category at PHO on 11/7. His 18 first quarter points and 30 first half points were both career-highs. Additionally, only LeBron James (31 pts on 3/18/14 at CLE), Dwyane Wade (31 pts on 2/15/11 at IND) and Sherman Douglas (31 pts on 12/27/90 at DEN) have scored more in a first half in HEAT franchise history.

JIMMY ‘CREATING’ BUCKETS: Jimmy Butler dished out 13 assists without a single turnover vs. DET on 11/12, becoming just the fourth player in team history to have that many assists without a turnover in a single game. Additionally, his 13 assists were just one shy of his career-high of 14 which he set on 3/26/17 at MIN

ROOKIE DEBUT: Kendrick Nunn scored 24 points vs. MEM on 10/23, tying the second-highest scoring game by a rookie on opening night in franchise history, only Willie Burton’s 25-point output on 11/2/90 vs. WAS is higher. Additionally, Nunn’s 24-point game tied the fourth-highest by a player in a HEAT debut. 7