NETS AT RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES: “It speaks to (the Raptors’) championship mentality. Obviously, they lost a great player, but it speaks to their collective effort and their collective will to win. It shows why they deserved the championship last year that they won. It’s kind of like what’s been going on during our win streak.” –Spencer Dinwiddie

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).


PROBABLE STARTERS

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

2018-19

3-1 2-0 1-1

ALL-TIME

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

LAST GAME

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

LAST TIME

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

PROBABLE STARTERS

[F ] JOE HARRIS #12 • VIRGINIA (6th Season) • 6-6 • 220

2019-20 Averages

14.5 ppg 3.9 rpg 2.1 apg 31.6 mpg

Notables
• 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

2019-20 Averages

13.1 ppg 6.1 rpg 2.3 apg 30.6 mpg

Notables
• 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

2019-20 Averages

12.7 ppg 10.5 rpg 1.3 bpg 26.5 mpg

Notables
• 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

2019-20 Averages

10.3 ppg 3.2 rpg 2.4 apg 27.9 mpg

Notables
• 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

2019-20 Averages

20.8 ppg 3.0 rpg 6.2 apg 29.9 mpg

Notables
• 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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