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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (15-14-4 – 34 Points) vs.
EDMONTON OILERS (18-12-4 – 40 Points)
DECEMBER 14, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST
ROGERS PLACE (EDMONTON, AB) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus EDMONTON
|ALL-TIME RECORD:||51-42-8-1 (102 Games)|
|ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:||22-25-6-1 (54 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus EDMONTON
|GAMES PLAYED:||Jake Muzzin (30), Jason Spezza (27), Tyson Barrie (20)|
|GOALS:||Tyson Barrie (8), Jason Spezza (8), John Tavares (6)|
|ASSISTS:||Jason Spezza (17), Tyson Barrie (12), John Tavares (12)|
|POINTS:||Jason Spezza (25), Tyson Barrie (20), John Tavares (18)|
|PENALTY MINUTES:||Jake Muzzin (18), Jason Spezza (10), Morgan Rielly (8)|
MAPLE LEAFS – OILERS TEAM STATS
|GOALS FOR (Rank):||105 (5th)||103 (9th)|
|GOALS AGAINST (Rank):||106 (28th)||104 (t-24th)|
|POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):||18/91 [19.8%] (14th)||32/100 [32.0%] (1st)|
|PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):||78/101 [77.2%] (25th)||89/105 [84.8%] (6th)|
|SHOTS (Rank):||1104 (4th)||981 (t-21st)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):||1683 (1st)||1418 (14th)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):||52.8% (5th)||47.8% (26th)|
|FACEOFF % (Rank):||52.3% (t-2nd)||48.0% (27th)|
MAPLE LEAFS – OILERS NOTES
|FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:||Nov. 11, 1979 (Toronto 6, Edmonton 3)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD:||51-42-8-1 (102 Games)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:||29-17-2-0 (48 Games)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:||22-25-6-1 (54 Games)|
|LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:||March 9, 2019 (Toronto 3, Edmonton 2)|
MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. OILERS
|Pontus Aberg||Skated in 16 games with Edmonton in 2018.|
|Tyson Barrie||200th NHL assist (Nov. 11, 2018 (COL) at EDM)|
|Martin Marincin||Selected by Edmonton in the second round (46th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.|
Skated in 85 games with the Oilers from 2013-15.
|Jake Muzzin||Recorded his 100th NHL point (Jan. 30, 2014 (LAK) at EDM)|
|Jason Spezza||500th NHL game (Feb. 12, 2011 (OTT) at EDM)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|POWER PLAY POINTS||10 (Matthews)|
|SHORTHANDED POINTS||2 (Engvall, Kapanen)|
|FACEOFF WIN%||57.1% (Gauthier, Matthews)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %||57.1% (Petan)|
|BLOCKED SHOTS||58 (Ceci)|
|TOI PER GAME||24:35 (Rielly)|
|PP TOI PER GAME||3:04 (Marner)|
|SH TOI PER GAME||3:12 (Ceci)|
MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES
|Frederik Andersen||– Is 8-4-0 on the road this season with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.|
– Has made 12 career appearances against Edmonton and is 11-0-1 with a 2.16 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage.- Tied for second in the NHL in wins (15).- Second in the NHL in saves (741) and even-strength saves (617).- Tied for third in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
|Tyson Barrie||– Tied for ninth among NHL defencemen in shots on goal (84).|
– Has been on the ice for the third-most shot attempts for (643) among NHL skaters.
– Has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-105, which ranks 12th among NHL defencemen.- Leads all Maple Leafs skaters and is 22nd among NHLers in slap shots taken (25).
|Cody Ceci||– Seventh among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (105:25).- Has started 205 shifts in the defensive zone, which is the 10th-most defensive zone starts among all NHL skaters.|
|Justin Holl||– Had his first career multi-point game (0-2-2) on December 10 at Vancouver.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 53.9 percent at 5-on-5, which leads Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.|
|Michael Hutchinson||– Sixth 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 53.5 percent, which ranks 10th among Toronto skaters who have played 10 games.|
– Averaging 18:04 per game in ice time through 14 games, which ranks fourth among Toronto forwards.
|Kasperi Kapanen||– Ranks second among Maple Leafs in points on the road with 14 (6 goals, 8 assists) in 18 road games this season.- Seventh among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (6-7-13).- One of 20 NHL skaters to have recorded at least five shorthanded shots on goal (5) and five shorthanded takeaways (5).|
|Alex Kerfoot||– Tied for fifth among Toronto skaters in even-strength goals (4).- Lone Toronto centre to have recorded at least 20 hits (26) and 20 blocked shots (22) this season.|
|Mitch Marner||– Tied for fifth in the NHL in scoring over the last seven days (1-5-6; 3 GP).- Tied for first among NHLers who have appeared in 25 or fewer games in assists (19).- Tied for fifth in the NHL in takeaways (33).- Tied for eighth among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.6).- Averages 2.57 assists per 60 minutes of ice time and 3.25 points per 60 minutes of ice time.|
|Auston Matthews||– Tied for seventh among NHL skaters in goals (19).- Tied for fifth among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (14).- Tied for 12th among NHL skaters in points (19-15-34).- Eighth in the NHL with 119 shots on goal.- Has been on the ice for a team-high 46 of the Maple Leafs’ 103 goals.|
|Ilya Mikheyev||– Tied for fifth among NHL skaters in shorthanded shots on goal (10).- Leads all NHL rookies in shorthanded ice time (67:56).- Tied for the lead among NHL rookies in shots on goal (81).- Second among NHL rookies and fourth on the Maple Leafs in even-strength points (4-13-17).|
|Jake Muzzin||– Leads Maple Leafs defencemen in takeaways (17).- Tied for 23rd among NHL defencemen in even-strength assists (9).- One of nine NHL defencemen and 27 NHL skaters to have registered at least 60 hits (70) and at least 60 shots on goal (63).- Averages 0:47 in ice time per shift, which is tied for the fourth-lowest average shift length among defencemen who average at least 21:00 per game in ice time.|
|William Nylander||– Has notched eight primary assists, which is tied for fourth among Toronto skaters. – Has registered at least one point in 19 of Toronto’s 33 games. – Has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 13 games against Western Conference opponents.- Has recorded eight points (2-6-8) in six career games against the Flames.|
|Morgan Rielly||– Tied for 13th among NHL defencemen in points (3-18-21).- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points|
(3-12-15).- Tied for fifth among NHL defencemen in even-strength assists (12).- Ranks 12th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:35).- Sits 11th among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.6).- Has 10 assists in 18 road games this season.
|Jason Spezza||– Averaging 2.99 points per 60 minutes of ice time this season, which ranks fourth among Toronto skaters.- Has recorded 10 (4-6-10) of his 12 points this season in 14 road games.|
|John Tavares||– Has 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) in 14 career games against Edmonton.- Averaging 2.88 shots on goal per game, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- Tied for ninth among NHLers in points over the last seven days (3-2-5; 3 GP).- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 56.2 percent when the Maple Leafs are leading in games.|
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
|Cody Ceci||Has assists (2) in two consecutive games.|
|Mitch Marner||Has assists (5) and points (1-5-6) in three consecutive games.|
|John Tavares||Has goals (3), assists (2) and points (3-2-5) in two consecutive games.|
|Frederik Andersen||One win from 200 career NHL wins.|
|Pontus Aberg||Maple Leaf debut (December 7 at St. Louis)First point as a Maple Leaf (December 7 at St. Louis)|
|Andreas Johnsson (Leg)||On injured reserve.|
|Trevor Moore (Shoulder)||On injured reserve.|
|Man Games Lost: 68|
|December 13||– Loaned forward Nic Petan to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).|
|December 6||– Placed forward Andreas Johnsson on the LTIR.|
– Recalled forwards Pontus Aberg and Nic Petan, as well as defenceman Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Saturday’s game will mark the first of two meetings against Toronto this season (Dec. 14, Jan. 6).
The last time these teams met was on March 9
in Edmonton where the Leafs defeated the Oilers 3-2.
James Neal leads the Oilers in career points against Toronto (15) and Riley Sheahan leads the team in career games (23) against
CAPTAIN CONNOR Connor McDavid posted a goal and an assist last game on Dec. 12 at Minnesota and owns the NHL scoring lead (57) by two points over teammate Leon Draisaitl. He has recorded points in 16 of his last 19 games, posting 34 points (14G, 20A) and has posted 26 points (9G, 17A) in his last 14 games. McDavid recorded a League-leading 26 of his 49 points in the month of November (13G, 13A – 26 PTS in 14 GP), the most by an Oilers player in November since Jari Kurri in 1988 (26 PTS in 15 GP). McDavid posted three consecutive games from Nov. 14-19 (4G, 8A –12PTS) with 3+ points, becoming the first Oiler to do so since Mark Messier from Jan. 25-30, 1990 (4G, 7A – 11PTS). On Nov. 19 at San Jose, McDavid became the first Oilers player to record 20 or more points in both October and November within a single season since Wayne Gretzky in 1987-88 (Oct.: 7-19—26 in 11 GP; Nov.: 11-23—34 in 13 GP). DYNAMIC DRAISAITL Leon Draisaitl recorded a goal last game on Dec. 12 to move to 55 points on the season, two behind McDavid for the for the league lead in points. He has recorded points in 20 of his last 24 games, posting 39 points (14G, 25A) and has registered five two-goal games and 16 multi-point games on the season. Draisaitl is just one of four players to post a point streak of at least 13 games this season (Marchand, MacKinnon, Pastrnak).
Draisaitl ranks second in the league with 33 even strength points in the first 34 games of the season, one point behind Brad Marchand.
OILERS DUO ATOP NHL SCORING RACE McDavid (20G, 37A – 57 PTS) and Draisaitl (20G, 35A -55 PTS) sit first and second respectively in NHL scoring, with McDavid leading the NHL in assists (37) and Draisaitl sits second with (35). They are also tied for fourth in the NHL in goals (20).
McDavid recorded his ninth 3+ point game of the season on Dec. 10 and has 16 multi-point games on the season, while Draisaitl has registered 16 multi-point games and has eight, 3+ point games.
Aside from Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, only two other players in Edmonton Oilers history have posted 50+ points in the first 30 games of a season since Gretzky and Jurri reached the mark in 1984-85. Wayne Gretzky (7x) and Jari Kurri (1x).
They are also the first set of teammates in the NHL to post 50+ points in under 30 games since 1995-96.
PUTTING IN THEIR TIME Defenceman Oscar Klefbom leads the NHL in total ice time (868:23), averaging 25:32 per game which ranks second.
Leon Draisaitl leads NHL forwards with 22:48 per game and overall ice time (775:28), while Connor McDavid ranks second amongst forwards with 761:11 overall and a 22:23 average.
Edmonton Oilers: Media Notes
On Nov. 19 at San Jose, Klefbom posted a career high 31:38 of ice time, Klefbom’s ice time was the most by an Oiler in a regulation 60 minute game in nearly 14 years, dating back to Chris Pronger’s 31:51 on Jan. 16, 2006 against Buffalo.
REAL TIME STATS
Blocked Shots Oscar Klefbom – 1st – NHL (103)
Kris Russell – 5th– NHL (73)
Takeaways Connor McDavid – 10th – NHL (30)
Hits – Forwards Zack Kassian – 10th – NHL (91)
INJURY REPORT 2019-20 Man games lost: 120
PLAYER INJURY DATE GAMES F ***Kyle Brodziak (Back) Oct. 2 – Present 34 D *Matt Benning (Concussion) Dec. 1 – Present 5 F *Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Hand) Nov. 24 – Dec. 7 6 F Zack Kassian (Back) Dec. 1 – Dec. 7 3 G Mike Smith (Leg) Dec. 1 – Dec. 4 1 D *Matt Benning (Concussion) Nov. 19 – Nov. 28 4 F Jujhar khaira (Undisclosed) Nov. 24 – Nov. 27 1 D Adam Larsson (Leg) Oct. 2 – Nov. 21 22 D*Brandon Manning (Hand) Nov. 14 – Nov. 21 3 F *Joakim Nygard (Ribs) Oct. 16 – Nov. 12 17 F Josh Archibald (Foot) Oct. 27 – Nov. 8 6 D Joel Persson (Concussion) Oct. 16 – Oct. 30 7 F Josh Archibald (Illness) Oct. 5 – Oct. 12 3 F Alex Chiasson (Illness) Oct. 5 – Oct. 12 3 F Riley Sheahan (upper body) Oct. 2 – Oct. 8 2 F Tomas Jurco (undisclosed) Oct. 2 – Oct.4 1 F Joel Persson (upper body) Oct. 2 – Oct. 4 1
NOTE – The Oilers had 200 man games lost in 2018-19.
*on IR (Injured Reserve) **on INR (Injured – Non-Roster) ***on LTIR (Long Term Injured Reserve)
RECENT TRANSACTIONS Nov. 29 D Matt Benning was activated off injured reserve, F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was placed on injured reserve Dec. 1 G Stuart Skinner recalled on emergency conditions from Bakersfield (AHL) Dec. 3 G Stuart Skinner and D Caleb Jones were assigned to Bakersfield (AHL); D Joel Persson was recalled from Bakersfield Dec. 4 F Colby Cave was recalled from Bakersfield (AHL) Dec. 8 F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was activated off injured reserve; F Colby Cave was assigned to Bakersfield (AHL) Dec. 9 D Caleb Jones was recalled from Bakersfield (AHL); D Joel Persson was assigned to Bakersfield (AHL)
LAST OILERS REGULAR SEASON GAME 2019-20 –Thursday, December 12, 2019 EDMONTON 4 at MINNESOTA 6 at Xcel Energy Center
MIN – Greenway, Zucker, Foligno, Donato, Staal, Kunin
MIN – Kahkonen (28/33)
EDM – Klefbom, Draisaitl, Haas, McDavid, Neal
EDM – Smith (20/26)
PP PK MIN – 0/1 MIN – 1/2 EDM – 1/2 EDM – 1/1
1stStar: Eric Staal (MIN)
2ndStar: Carson Soucy (MIN)
3rd Star: Jordan Greenway (MIN)
OILERS LAST GAME vs. TORONTO 2018-19 – Saturday, March 9, 2019 EDMONTON 2 vs. Toronto 3 at Rogers Place
TOR – Rielly, Tavares, Muzzin TOR – Andersen (31/33)
EDM – Nugent-Hopkins, Klefbom EDM – Stolarz (37/40)
PP PK TOR – 1/2 TOR – 4/4 EDM – 0/4 EDM – 1/2
1 stStar: John Tavares (TOR)
2 ndStar: Leon Draisaitl (EDM)
3rdStar: Morgan Rielly (TOR)
LAST TEN GAMES vs. TORONTO Record: 2-7-1 GF: 22 GA: 34
2018-19 3/9/19 @ EDM 3-2 L 2018-19 2/27/19 @ TOR 2-6 L 2017-18 12/10/17 @ TOR 0-1 L 2017-18 11/30/17 @ EDM 4-6 L 2016-17 11/29/16 @ EDM 2-4 L 2016-17 11116 @ TOR 2-3 L (OT) 2015-16 2/11/16 @ EDM 5-2 W 2015-16 11/30/16 @ TOR 0-3 L 2014-15 3/16/15 @ EDM 4-1 W 2014-15 2/7/15 @ TOR 1-5 L
GAME #25 – TORONTO RAPTORS (16-8) vs. BROOKLYN NETS (13-11) SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019 – 7:30 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENA TV: TSN – RADIO: TSN 1050 TORONTO
INJURY REPORT AT 8:30 P.M. FRIDAY
BKN@TOR Brooklyn Nets Chandler, Wilson Out League Suspension – Claxton, Nicolas Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Soreness – Durant, Kevin Out Injury/Illness – Right Achilles; Rehab – Irving, Kyrie Out Injury/Illness – Right Shoulder; Impingement – LeVert, Caris Out Injury/Illness – Right Thumb; Surgery – Toronto Raptors Johnson, Stanley Out Injury/Illness – Left Groin; Stress reaction – Thomas, Matt Out Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Middle; fracture – distal phalanx – VanVleet, Fred Doubtful Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Contusion –
RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors continue a three-game homestand (Dec. 11-16) Saturday night when they host the Brooklyn Nets at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have won 15 of the last 16 meetings with Nets, including eight straight games at home. Pascal Siakam averaged 19.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in four games (3-1) vs. Brooklyn last season. The last time Toronto lost the season-series with the Nets was in 2012-13.
• The Raptors have won an NBA record 33 consecutive games at home vs. the Atlantic Division. The Raptors’ last regular season loss at Scotiabank Arena against an Atlantic Division foe was Nov. 10, 2015 vs. New York. Since 1970-71 (the division format era), Golden State (2013-17) and Utah (1996-99) had held the previous record with 32 straight victories at home vs. divisional opponents. • Former Net Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will play his first game against his old team Saturday night. Hollis-Jefferson averaged 9.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 23.6 minutes in 234 career games (147 starts) with the Brooklyn (2015-19). He was picked 23rd overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2015 NBA Draft and acquired by the Nets on draft night. He signed as a free agent with the Raptors this past summer.
• Norman Powell recorded 22 points and one steal in 34 minutes Dec. 11 against the LA Clippers. Powell scored 20+ points for the fifth time this season; something he did four times in 60 games played in 201819. His 13 steals in the month of December (six games), are tied with Russell Westbrook and Solomon Hill for third most in the NBA behind only James Harden (16) and Draymond Green (14).
• The Raptors have tallied 10 or more steals in four-of-six games this month, after recording 10 or more steals three times in 13 games in November. Toronto leads the NBA averaging 10.7 steals in December. Norman Powell (13) and OG Anunoby (12) have combined for 25 of the Raptors’ 64 steals this month.
• December is Toronto’s busiest month of the season with 16 games 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. Also, for the first time the Raptors will play at home Christmas Day when they host the Boston Celtics.
• Toronto has lost three straight games at home (Dec. 3-11) after starting the season with a franchise-record nine straight victories at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have dropped three in a row at home for the first time since Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2015.
• Pascal Siakam is one of five players in the NBA averaging 24.0+ points, 8.0+ rebounds and 3.0+ assists this season, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Luka Doncic and Karl-Anthony Towns. No Raptor has ever averaged 24.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists throughout an entire season. • Kyle Lowry passed Chris Bosh (509) for fourth on the Raptors’ all-time games played list Wednesday night vs. the LA Clippers – he now trails only DeMar DeRozan (675), Morris Peterson (542) and Jose Calderon (525). Lowry is the longest-serving member of the Raptors, currently in his eighth season with the club. He ranks first in franchise history in steals (761) and 3-point field goals (1,260), second in assists (3,595) and fourth in points (8,871).
F – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 30.1 REB: 5.7 AST: 1.7 STL: 1.4 TO: 1.2 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 11.3
• Recorded 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes Dec. 11 vs. LA Clippers. • Toronto is 11-2 when Anunoby scores 10 or more points (Last: 13 – Dec. 11 vs. LA Clippers). • Has scored in double figures each of the last three games (Dec. 8-11); averaging 14.0 points during this span.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 36.8 REB: 8.3 AST: 3.5 STL: 0.9 TO: 2.8 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 24.5
• Finished with a game-high 24 points, four rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes Dec. 11 vs. LA Clippers. • Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (24.5) and third in minutes per game (36.8). • Has scored 30+ points eight times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.
C – MARC GASOL #33
MIN: 28.9 REB: 6.6 AST: 3.6 STL: 0.8 TO: 1.4 BLK: 1.2 PTS: 6.4
• Totaled nine points and team highs of 11 rebounds and six assists 31 minutes Dec. 11 vs. LA Clippers. • Reached 12,000 career points in the NBA Nov. 16 at Dallas. • Has collected 10+ rebounds four times this season, including a season-high 12 rebounds Nov. 2 at Milwaukee.
G – NORMAN POWELL #24
MIN: 28.3 REB: 3.8 AST: 1.5 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.7 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 13.7
• Contributed 22 points and three rebounds in 34 minutes of action Dec. 11 vs. LA Clippers. • Averaging 16.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 31.0 minutes in 13 games as a starter. • Ranks second on the team in scoring (16.5 points) through six games in December; shooting .507 from the field.
G – KYLE LOWRY #7
MIN: 37.2 REB: 4.8 AST: 6.8 STL: 1.2 TO: 3.1 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 19.1
• Recorded six points and a team high-tying six assists in 35 minutes Dec. 11 vs. LA Clippers. • Needs one double-double to tie Antonio Davis (110) for third on the Raptors’ all-time list (see page 3 for top-five). • Averaging 14.8 points and 7.4 assists in five games (Dec. 3-11) since returning from a left thumb injury.
INJURY REPORT Stanley Johnson (Left groin; stress reaction) – Out Matt Thomas (Left middle finger; distal phalanx fracture) – Out Fred VanVleet (right knee contusion) – TBD
SERIES RECAP VS. BROOKLYN
OVERALL HOME ROAD
3-1 2-0 1-1
53-40 31-15 22-25 STREAKS Won 3 Won 8 Won 1
LAST WIN: April 3, 2019 (115-105)
LAST HOME WIN: February 11, 2019 (127-125)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +37, November 2, 2007
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -25, January 15, 1996
LAST TIME VS. BROOKLYN
GAME 79 – APRIL 3, 2019 TORONTO 115, BROOKLYN 105
NEW YORK — Pascal Siakam had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 26 points and nine boards and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 115-105 for their fifth straight victory … Serge Ibaka finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who need to win their final three games to match last season’s franchise record for victories … D’Angelo Russell had 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Brooklyn … The Nets had cut the deficit to five early in the third quarter before Siakam made a pair of baskets around Marc Gasol’s 3-pointer to make it 66-54 … Toronto would get the lead as high as 14 points in the quarter and led 90-78 entering the fourth … Russell tried to jump-start a rally early in the fourth, scoring seven straight Brooklyn points to trim it to 92-87 … He scored 18 in the final period … Siakam, Ibaka and Kyle Lowry made 3-pointers over a span of 1:40, before two free throws by Ibaka and another by Siakam pushed it back to 108-96 with 3:15 to play … Russell had one more flurry, making three 3-pointers to cut it to 110-105 with 1:24 left … But Ibaka scored on a follow shot and the Nets couldn’t get anything else to fall … Siakam scored 18 points after halftime.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 34 23 33 25 115
BROOKLYN 22 28 28 27 105
NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Cleveland Cavaliers Date: Monday, December 16 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
GAME 24 – DECEMBER 11, 2019 LA CLIPPERS 112, TORONTO 92
TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points in a 112-92 win over his former team … Pascal Siakam had 24 points to top the Raptors … Toronto shot a season’s worst 8-for-36 from the 3-point line, and matched their season low with 31 field goals … Kyle Lowry missed seven of Toronto’s threes on a 1-for-8 shooting night … Norman Powell finished with 22 points for the Raptors … It was Toronto’s third consecutive loss at home after going a franchise-record 9-0 to start the season … OG Anunoby had 13 points and seven rebounds, Marc Gasol added 11 rebounds and nine points and Terence Davis had 10 points for Toronto … Fred VanVleet was out for the second consecutive game … Leonard shot 8-for-14, and added six assists and five rebounds … Lou Williams poured in 13 points in the second quarter … The Raptors had 14 points in the frame … Toronto pulled within five points with about five minutes left in the third … They didn’t score a basket over the final 3:43 of the period and trailed 88-71 with one quarter left to play … Toronto would come no closer than 14 points from that point on … Lou Williams finished with 18 points while Maurice Harkless had 14 and Paul George 13.
1 2 3 4 TOT
LA CLIPPERS 27 37 24 24 112
TORONTO 32 14 25 21 92
50+ points Toronto: 52, DeMar DeRozan, Jan. 1, 2018 vs. Milwaukee (OT). Opponent: 50, Damian Lillard; Mar. 4, 2016 vs. Portland.
40+ points Toronto: 44, Pascal Siakam; Nov. 8, 2019 at New Orleans. Opponent: 42, Russell Westbrook; Mar. 20, 2019 at Oklahoma City (OT). Back-to-back 40+ points Toronto: DeMar DeRozan; Mar. 21, 2017 vs. Chicago OT (42) and Mar. 23, 2017 at Miami (40).
20+ rebounds Toronto: 23, Jonas Valanciunas, Jan. 10, 2017 vs. Boston. Opponent: 22, Andre Drummond, Oct. 30, 2019 vs. Detroit.
20-point, 20-rebound games Toronto: Chris Bosh, Nov. 14, 2006 at Golden State (23 points, 22 rebounds). Opponent: Andre Drummond, Oct. 30, 2019 vs. Detroit (21 points, 22 rebounds).
15+ assists Toronto: 17, Kyle Lowry, Nov. 21, 2018 at Atlanta. Opponent: 15, LeBron James, Nov. 10, 2019 at L.A. Lakers.
Triple-doubles Toronto: Kyle Lowry, Mar. 8, 2019 at New Orleans (13 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds). Opponent: Russell Westbrook, Dec. 5, 2019 vs. Houston (19 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists).
Two 30+ scorers Toronto: Pascal Siakam (36), Fred VanVleet (30); Nov. 13, 2018 at Portland. Opponent: Stephen Curry (35), Kevin Durant (30); Nov. 16, 2016 vs. Golden State.
Three 20+ scorers Toronto: Pascal Siakam (34), Fred VanVleet (25), Norman Powell (20); Nov. 23 at Atlanta. Opponent: Harrison Barnes (26), Bogdan Bogdanovic (22), Buddy Hield (21); Nov. 6 vs. Sacramento.
Four 20+ scorers Toronto: Kawhi Leonard (30), Pascal Siakam (30), Serge Ibaka (25), Fred VanVleet (21); Jan. 5, 2019 at Milwaukee. Opponent: Monta Ellis (27), Dorell Wright (26), Stephen Curry (23), David Lee (21); Mar. 25, 2011 at Golden State.
Three Double Figure Rebounders Toronto: Serge Ibaka (14), Kawhi Leonard (11), Jonas Valanciunas (10); Nov. 7, 2018 at Sacramento. Opponent: Russell Westbrook (13), Clint Capela (13), P.J. Tucker (11); Dec. 5, 2019 vs. Houston.
Three Players with Double-Doubles Toronto: Pascal Siakam (44 points, 10 rebounds), Kyle Lowry (14 points, 13 assists), Serge Ibaka (10 points, 13 rebounds); Feb. 13 vs. Washington. Opponent: Montrezl Harrell (14 points, 11 rebounds), Kawhi Leonard (12 points, 11 rebounds), JaMychal Green (10 points, 12 rebounds); Nov. 11, 2019 at LA Clippers.
Four Players with Double-Doubles Toronto: Andrea Bargnani (28 points, 10 rebounds), Shawn Marion (16 points, 15 rebounds), Jose Calderon (13 points, 11 assists), Chris Bosh (11 points, 12 rebounds); Feb. 22, 2009 vs. New York. Opponent: Brevin Knight (19 points, 10 assists), Jumaine Jones (17 points, 11 rebounds), Gerald Wallace (11 points, 14 rebounds), Raymond Felton (10 points, 12 assists); Apr. 9, 2006 vs. Charlotte.
Brooklyn Nets (13-11) at Toronto Raptors (16-8) Game #25 Road Game #13 December 14, 2019 7:30 PM EST Scotiabank Arena TV: YES Network / NBA TV WFAN 101.9 FM / 660 AM
[F ] JOE HARRIS #12 • VIRGINIA (6th Season) • 6-6 • 220
14.5 ppg 3.9 rpg 2.1 apg 31.6 mpg
• Originally signed with the Nets on July 19, 2016 and resigned with the team on July 24, 2018. • In 2018-19, became the first player in Nets history to lead the league in 3FG % (.474), and the first player in franchise history to win the 3-Point Contest at All-Star weekend.
Last Game :9 pts, 6 rebs, 2 asts 29 mins 12/11 vs. CHA
[F ] TAUREAN PRINCE #2 • BAYLOR (4th Season) • 6-7 • 218
13.1 ppg 6.1 rpg 2.3 apg 30.6 mpg
• Acquired via trade with Atlanta on 7/6/19 and signed a multiyear contract extension with Brooklyn on 10/21/19. • Has already registered four double-doubles this season after posting five in his first three NBA seasons combined (all in the 2017-18 season).
Last Game 6 pts, 5 rebs, 3 asts 34 mins 12/11 vs. CHA
[ C ] JARRETT ALLEN #31 • TEXAS (3rd Season) • 6-11 • 243
12.7 ppg 10.5 rpg 1.3 bpg 26.5 mpg
• Selected by the Nets with the 22nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and had his 2020-21 team option exercised on 10/14/19. • Leads all players 21 and under in rpg and is among the top three among players 21 and under in double-doubles and bpg.
Last Game 21 pts, 10 rebs, 2 asts 26 mins 12/11 vs. CHA
[G ] GARRETT TEMPLE #17 • LOUISIANA STATE (10th Season) • 6-5 • 195
10.3 ppg 3.2 rpg 2.4 apg 27.9 mpg
• Is in his first season with Brooklyn after signing with the Nets as a free agent on 7/8/19. • Has made a career-high-tying six 3-pointers twice this season (11/27 at Boston and 12/4 at Atlanta) after doing so once in his first nine NBA seasons.
Last Game 11 pts, 2 rebs, 4 asts 32 mins 12/11 vs. CHA
[G ] SPENCER DINWIDDIE #8 • COLORADO (6th Season) • 6-5 • 215
20.8 ppg 3.0 rpg 6.2 apg 29.9 mpg
• Originally signed with the Nets on December 8, 2016 and re-signed a multi-year contract on December 14, 2018. • Earned his first-career Player of the Week honor for games played from 11/18 – 11/24, and is currently averaging career bests for ppg, FTM, FTA, FT %, offensive rating and usage.
Last Game 24 pts, 5 rebs, 6 asts 33 mins 12/11 vs. CHA
IF THE NETS WIN It would give the Nets their fourth win in their last five games (ninth win in their last 12 contests). It would improve Brooklyn’s road record to 7-6. The last time the Nets were over .500 on the road came at the end of the 2012-13 season (2318 road record). It would give Brooklyn a season-high-tying third straight road win, and mark the Nets’ sixth win in their last seven road games (since 11/16 at Chicago). It would snap Brooklyn’s eight-game road losing skid in Toronto (last road win over the Raptors: 109-93 on 2/4/15). The eight straight losses marks Brooklyn’s longest active road losing streak against any Eastern Conference opponent. It would improve Brooklyn’s record against Atlantic Division opponents this season to 4-1.
NETS POST 9-4 MARK AFTER 4-7 START
LINEUP: Brooklyn’s starting five of Dinwiddie, Temple, Harris, Prince and Allen is +47 in 211 minutes in the last 13 games. Since 11/16, the only five-man unit to play more minutes is Denver’s starting five of Murray, Harris, Barton, Millsap and Jokic (+38 in 237 minutes). Of the 47 five-man lineups to play 50+ minutes since 11/16, Brooklyn’s starting five has recorded the second-best plus/minus in the league, trailing Dallas’ Doncic, Hardaway Jr., Finney-Smith, Powell and Porzingis (+51). All five starters have averaged double digit scoring in this 13-game stretch: Dinwiddie (23.8), Harris (15.8), Allen (15.6), Prince (13.2) and Temple (12.7). The current starting five has started 13 straight. The last time the Nets had the same starting five for more than 13 straight came in 2015-16, when Donald Sloan, Wayne Ellington, Joe Johnson, Thad Young and Brook Lopez started 20 straight games from 1/11 – 2/23/16. STANDINGS: Prior to 11/16, Brooklyn was 4-7, tied for the ninth-best record in the Eastern Conference.
TEAM NOTABLES RANKS: The Nets attempt the third-fewest mid-range shots/game (6.5), and attempt the most shots/game from within the restricted area (35.3). Brooklyn allows the third-most shots from mid-range/game (14.7). The Nets register the fewest post-ups/game (1.0) in the league (next-fewest: Houston’s 2.4). The Nets are holding their opponents to .584 FG % in the restricted area, the fourth-best mark in the league, trailing Miwaukee (.540), Toronto (.545) and Indiana (.571).
FOUR FACTORS: The Nets are 14th in effective FG % (.524), second in offensive rebound % (.298), trailing only the Clippers, 13th in FTA rate (.265) and 19th in turnover % (.153).
CLUTCH: In ‘clutch’ situations this season (last five minutes of a game with the point differential at five or less), Brooklyn is a league-best +38. The Nets are third in the league in ‘clutch’ games (17), and tied for second in ‘clutch’ wins (10), trailing Philadelphia (12).
PLAYER NOTABLES Since assuming the starting point guard role with Kyrie Irving out (the last 13 games/since 11/16 at Chicago), Spencer Dinwiddie ranks fifth in the East in ppg (23.8), trailing Giannis Antetokounmpo (31.2), Trae Young (28.3), Bradley Beal (25.7) and Zach LaVine (24.7). Dinwiddie is fourth in the East in apg (7.5) in that time, trailing Ben Simmons (9.4), Young (8.3) and Devonte’ Graham (7.7). Dinwiddie is eighth in the league in drives/game (16.5), and second in the East, trailing only the league leader in drives, Trae Young (19.6). Jarrett Allen is third in the league in FG % (.669), trailing Rudy Gobert and Richaun Holmes, is second in dunks (76), trailing Antetokounmpo (84), third in offensive rebound % (.134), trailing Enes Kanter and Andre Drummond, fourth in offensive rpg (3.8) and tied for 10th in rpg (10.5). DeAndre Jordan is sixth in the league in rebound % (.196), fifth in defensive rebound % (.285), fifth in effective FG % (.693) and leads the league in rpg off the bench (8.8) in 18 games off the bench. Joe Harris is 15th in the league in 3FG % (.438), and seventh among players with 100+ 3FGA. Harris has made 485 threes as a Net, matching Deron Williams for fifth on the Nets’ all-time 3-pointers made list.
BACK-TO-BACK SET The Nets tip off their third of 11 back-to-backs this season at Toronto before taking on the Sixers tomorrow evening in Brooklyn. The Nets are 2-0 in the first game of a back-to-back this season, topping Houston on 11/1 in Brooklyn (123-116) and winning at New York on 11/24 (103-101). The Nets have already swept one back-to-back this season (11/24 at New York and 11/25 at Cleveland) after sweeping three of their 14 back-to-backs last season. Brooklyn’s two opponents in this back-to-back are currently the third and fifth seeds in the East, with a combined record of 35-15. Toronto is 9-3 at home this season. Philadelphia is 6-7 on the road (13-0 at home).
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