RAPTORS AT HORNETS PREGAME NOTES: Pascal Siakam (groin), Fred VanVleet (hamstring), Norman Powell (shoulder) and Marc Gasol ( hamstring) have accounted for 44 percent of Toronto’s total points this season (1800-of-4087) despite missing a combined 36 games with injuries.

RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors play the second game of a back-to-back set Wednesday night when they face the Hornets in Charlotte at Spectrum Center. The Raptors have won six of the last eight games against the Hornets, including the first meeting this season. OG Anunoby scored a career-high 24 points and Chris Boucher posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in a 132-96 victory Nov. 18 in Toronto.

• Serge Ibaka recorded his sixth straight double-double (Dec. 28 – Jan. 7) with 17 points and a team-high 11 rebounds in 32 minutes Jan. 7 vs. Portland, one game shy of the longest streak of his career. Ibaka leads the Raptors with 10 double-doubles this season. All 10 of Ibaka’s double-doubles have come in the last 15 games (Dec. 9 – Jan. 7). He is averaging 18.2 points and 11.2 rebounds over the last six games. Ibaka posted a double-double in a career-long seven consecutive games last season (Jan. 22 – Feb. 5, 2019).

• The Raptors are 2-3 (.600) this season in the second game of a back-to-back set. Toronto is averaging 100.2 points and shooting .424 (184-434) from the field, including .326 (59-181) from three-point range, with zero days rest. Toronto was 9-3 (.750) in the second game of a back-to-back last season.

• Kyle Lowry recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 assists in 38 minutes Tuesday night vs. Portland. Lowry has dished out five or more assists in each of his 26 games this season, the longest single-season streak of that kind in his career. The only other players who had at least five assists in 25 straight games within a season for the Raptors are Damon Stoudamire (40-game streak in 1995–96) and Jose Calderon (25-game streak in 2007–08 and 44-game streak in 2010–11).

• Toronto matched a season high with 17 offensive rebounds Jan. 7 vs. Portland. In his second start of the season, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson grabbed a team-high five offensive boards against the Trail Blazers. Hollis-Jefferson currently ranks second on the Raptors with 67 offensive rebounds, behind Chris Boucher (70). Toronto has collected at least 10 offensive rebounds in each of the last four games (Dec. 31 – Jan. 7); averaging 13.8 offensive boards during this span.

• Pascal Siakam (groin; stretch), Fred VanVleet (right hamstring; strain), Norman Powell (left shoulder; subluxation) and Marc Gasol (left hamstring; strain) have accounted for 44 per cent of Toronto’s total points this season (1800-of-4087) despite missing a combined 36 games due to injury.

• Matt Thomas contributed eight points and six rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench Tuesday against the Trail Blazers. Thomas returned to the lineup after missing the previous 21 games (Nov. 25 – Jan. 4) with a fracture in his left middle finger. Thomas is shooting 50 per cent (16-32) from beyond the arc this season.

• CHARLOTTE CONNECTIONS: Hornets centre Bismack Biyombo averaged 5.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in 82 games during his lone season in Toronto (2015-16) … Biyombo helped the Raptors reach the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time … Charlotte assistant coach Jay Triano spent nine seasons (2002-11) in the Raptors organization, serving as an assistant coach before being named interim head coach Dec. 3, 2008 … Triano was promoted to head coach at the end of the season … Hornets assistant coach Nate Mitchell spent three seasons (2015-18) as an assistant with Raptors 905, Toronto’s G League affiliate.

PROBABLE STARTERS

F – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 29.8 REB: 5.9 AST: 1.6 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.3 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 10.9

• Contributed eight points, six rebounds and one block in 30 minutes Jan. 7 vs. Portland. • Toronto is 15-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Shooting a career-best .489 (156-319) from the field, has shot at least 50 per cent from the floor in 19 games.

F – RONDAE HOLLIS-JEFFERSON #4

MIN: 20.6 REB: 5.3 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.9 TO: 1.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 8.6

• Made second start of the season Jan. 7 vs. Portland; finished with eight points and six rebounds in 25 minutes. • Averaging 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 26.4 minutes in two starts this season. • Has scored in double figures 12 times, including five times in the last 10 games (Dec. 20 – Jan. 7).

C – SERGE IBAKA #9

MIN: 25.9 REB: 8.3 AST: 1.2 STL: 0.4 TO: 2.0 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 14.6

• Recorded team-leading 10th double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes Dec. 7 vs. Portland. • Averaging 17.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 31.7 minutes in 10 games as a starter. • Shooting .500 (74-148) from the field on the road, including 36 per cent from three-point range (9-25).

F – PATRICK McCAW #22

MIN: 26.9 REB: 2.6 AST: 1.9 STL: 1.3 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 6.1

• Totaled six points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 36 minutes Jan. 7 vs. Portland. • In 10 starts this season, averaging 8.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 30.2 minutes. • Has played at least 20 minutes in a career-long 13 straight games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 7).

G – KYLE LOWRY #7

MIN: 38.3 REB: 4.7 AST: 7.5 STL: 1.1 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 21.0

• Posted fifth double-double of the season with team highs of 24 points and 10 assists Jan. 7 vs. Portland. • Has made at least two three-pointers in 13 straight games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 7); totaled 46 threes during this span. • Has scored 20+ points 17 times; something he did 15 times in 65 games last season.

INJURY REPORT Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; strain) – Out Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out Norman Powell (Left shoulder; subluxation ) – Doubtful Pascal Siakam (Groin; stretch) – Out Fred VanVleet (Right hamstring; strain) – Out

HORNETS

LAST GAME’S STARTERS

0 MILES BRIDGES F • 6-6 • 225 • Michigan State PPG • 12.1 RPG • 5.5 APG • 1.8  Drafted 12th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft  Scored a career-high 33 points along with a career-best 13 rebounds at WAS on 11/22  Scored 14 points with six rebounds, three steals and a block in his first career start vs. WAS on 2/22/18


25 PJ WASHINGTON F • 6-7 • 236 • Kentucky PPG • 12.6 RPG • 5.4 APG • 1.9  Scored a franchise-record 27 points in his NBA debut on 10/23  Made an NBA-record seven threes in his first career game  Drafted 12th overall in the 2019 NBA draft

8 BISMACK BIYOMBO C • 6-8 • 255 • Baloncesto Fuenlabrada PPG • 8.0 RPG • 5.9 APG • 0.8  Averaging 8.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in 22 games as a starter this season  In his second stint in Charlotte after being drafted by the Bobcats in 2009

4 DEVONTE’ GRAHAM G • 6-1 • 195 • Kansas PPG • 19.1 RPG • 3.8 APG • 7.8  Recorded a career-high 40 points at BKN on 12/11  Averaging a career-high 7.8 assists per game, ranking 6th among all players in the NBA this season.


3 TERRY ROZIER G • 6-1 • 195 • Louisville PPG • 18.0 RPG • 4.4 APG • 4.4  Acquired by the Hornets on July 6, 2019  Spent first four seasons with the Boston Celtics  Averaging career highs in points, assists, steals, threes per game

SCARY TERRY In Charlotte’s loss to Indiana on 1/6 Terry Rozier led the team with 28 points and six assists. Rozier has scored 25-or-more points in three-straight games (1/2 – 1/6), a career-best streak of such games. Rozier is averaging 21.2 points over his last five games, compared to his 18.0 ppg on the season. The first year Hornet is averaging a career-high in points (18.0), assists (4.4) and steals (1.2) per game and has improved his three-point shooting. He is taking a career-high 6.7 three-point attempts this season and shooting a career-best 39.1% from three, making 2.6 per game.

DISHING DEVONTE’ Graham is averaging 7.8 assists per game, ranking sixth among all players in the league this year and third among all second-year players. Graham’s assists are creating 19.8 points per game, ranking sixth in the league. In the Hornets’ 1/4 win over the Mavericks Devonte’ Graham recorded his team-best 12th double double of the season with 27 points, 13 assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block. Graham has notched a double double in five of his last seven outings. His 12 double doubles on the season rank third among all guards in the NBA (tied with Rubio and Westbrook).

e second-highest percentage among all players attempting 3-or-more catch-and-shoot threes per game (min. 10 games).

DOUBLE DOUBLES IN DALLAS In the Hornets victory over the Mavericks on 1/4, three Hornets players recorded double doubles. Miles Bridges scored 11 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. Bismack Biyombo scored 11 points and brought down a team-high 13 rebounds and Devonte’ Graham added 27 points and dished 13 assists in the win.

BLOCK PARTY In Charlotte’s loss to Boston on 12/31 Hornets rookie PJ Washington scored 15 points along with five rebounds, three assists and a block. Washington recorded a block in nine-straight appearances (12/4 – 12/31), the longest streak of such games by any rookie in the NBA this season.

ELITE COMPANY Through his first 34 games of the season (10/23 – 12/29) Devonte’ Graham totaled 128 three pointers and 259 assists. He joins James Harden (2x) as just the second player in NBA history to total 125-or-more threes and 250-or-more assists through the first 35 games of a season.

UNDER CONTROL In Charlotte’s 12/22 loss to the Celtics Devonte’ Graham recorded 23 points, ten assists and zero turnovers. Graham is just the seventh player in franchise history to record 20-plus points and 10-plus assists while committing zero turnovers in a single game. He is the fifth player to record such a game in the NBA this season (James, Butler, Rubio, VanVleet).

JETS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Mitch Marner is averaging 1.24 points per game, 11th among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.26 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, tied for sixth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for 13th in primary assists (18). His 18 primary assists are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Second in takeaways (50).- 13th among forwards in shifts per game (25.1).

WINNIPEG JETS (23-16-4 – 50 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (24-15-5 – 53 Points)

JANUARY 8, 2020 ▪ 7:30 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus WINNIPEG

ALL-TIME RECORD:34-19-1-8 (62 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:17-9-1-3 (30 Games)
2019-20:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:4-1-0
LAST 10:6-3-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus WINNIPEG

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (49), Tyson Barrie (28), John Tavares (27)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (15), John Tavares (9), William Nylander (5)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (36), John Tavares (21), Tyson Barrie (12)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (51), John Tavares (30), Tyson Barrie (14)
PENALTY MINUTES:John Tavares (23), Jason Spezza (20), Tyson Barrie (13)

MAPLE LEAFS – JETS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOWINNIPEG
GOALS FOR (Rank):158 (t-2nd)131 (18th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       139 (t-19th)130 (13th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):29/119 [24.4%] (t-5th)26/128 [20.3%] (13th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):97/128 [75.7%] (26th)78/108 [72.2%] (31st)
SHOTS (Rank):1472 (4th)1342 (19th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2239 (3rd)1871 (21st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.6% (5th)47.9% (24th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.6% (3rd)50.4% (t-12th)

MAPLE LEAFS – JETS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:October 27, 1999 (Toronto 4, Atlanta 0)
ALL-TIME RECORD:34-19-1-8 (62 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:17-9-1-3 (30 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:17-10-0-5 (32 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:October 27, 2018 (Toronto 3, Winnipeg 2)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. JETS

Adam BrooksFirst NHL point (Assist) (January 2, 2020 at WPG)
Cody Ceci200th NHL game (March 30, 2016 (OTT) at WPG)
Michael HutchinsonFirst NHL game (April 7, 2014 (WPG) vs. MIN)
Appeared in 102 Games for WPG from 2014-18 with a record of 43-39-11
Mason MarchmentFirst NHL game (January 2, 2020 at WPG)
Martin Marincin100th NHL game (December 2, 2015 at WPG)
Jake Muzzin100th NHL assist (January 14, 2017 (LAK) vs. WPG)
William Nylander200th NHL point (Goal) (January 2, 2020 at WPG)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS29 (Matthews)
ASSISTS30 (Marner)
POINTS52 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS16 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS161 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.9% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.4% (Matthews)
BLOCKED SHOTS71 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS50 (Marner)
HITS87 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:19 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:02 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:02 (Ceci)


MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 9-4-4 at home this season with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.
– Has made 11 career appearances against the Jets and is 9-0-1 with a 2.84 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.- Leads the NHL in wins (21).- Second in the NHL in saves (977) and second in even-strength saves (825).- Eighth in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
Tyson Barrie– Has four multi-assist games, which is tied for 11th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (7)
– One of 19 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 100 shots on goal (117).- Tied for 15th among NHL defencemen (1-10-11) in scoring since December 1. 
Cody Ceci– 12th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (133:24).- Has played 62.0 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the 12th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Pierre Engvall– First among NHL rookies who have appeared in at least 20 games in goals per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (1.31).- Averages 4.4 shots on goal per 60 minutes of ice time while shorthanded.
Justin Holl– Has started 43.5 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 52.4 percent at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Has a 5-on-5 on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.3 percent, which is the third-highest percentage among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Appeared in 102 games for the Jets from 2014-18, posting a 43-39-11 record with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.4 percent, which is eighth among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 55.2 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for seventh among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.
– Averaging 15:19 per game in 5-on-5 ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.
Kasperi Kapanen– Tied for third among Maple Leafs in points (2-5-7; 6 GP) since the Christmas break.- Has scored 10 goals this season, which is tied for ninth most among NHLers with no power play goals.- Sixth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-13-21).
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (6). – Ninth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (6-8-14).- Only Toronto forward to have recorded at least 25 hits (34) and 25 blocked shots (26) this season.
Mitch Marner– Averaging 1.24 points per game, which is the 11th-highest average among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.26 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for sixth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for 13th in the NHL in primary assists (18). His 18 primary assists are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Second in the NHL in takeaways (50).- 13th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.1).
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (29).- First NHLer to score 20 even-strength goals this season. Currently leads the League with 21 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- Leads the NHL in multi-goal games (7).- Tied for 10th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (21-15-36).- Tied for fifth in the NHL with 161 shots on goal. 
William Nylander– Averages 1.22 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters and is tied for 23rd among NHL skaters.- One of nine NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:30) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.2 (1.22).- Has eight points (5-3-8) in five career games against the Jets.  
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 15th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-15-18).- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (14).- Tied for 13th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:19).- Tied for 11th among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.3).- Averaging 13.9 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks ninth among NHL defencemen who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Jason Spezza– Has eight points (3-5-8) in 14 games against Western Conference opponents.- Averaging 2.39 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the third-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 10 games.- Averaging 1.39 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks third among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 10 games.
John Tavares– Tied for 17th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (12).- Tied for 24th among NHLers in even-strength goals (13). His 13 even-strength goals are tied for fourth among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.6 percent, which is 18th among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 17.61 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 9.16 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which is 10th among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Pierre EngvallHas goals (3) and points (3-1-4) in three consecutive games.
Justin HollHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
Kasperi KapanenHas assists (4) and points (1-4-5) in three consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas assists (3) in two consecutive games and points (1-5-6) in five consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (5-4-9) in five consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Alex KerfootFour games from 200 NHL games
Jason SpezzaThree games from 1,100 NHL games

RECENT MILESTONES

Adam BrooksFirst NHL point (Assist) (Jan. 2 at WPG)
Mason MarchmentFirst NHL game (Jan. 2 at WPG)
Mason MarchmentFirst NHL point (Jan. 6 vs. EDM)
William Nylander200th NHL point (Goal) (Jan. 2 at WPG)

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Leg)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Concussion)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Foot)Is week-to-week with a broken foot sustained on December 27 at New Jersey.
 Man Games Lost: 100

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

January 4Loaned defenceman Teemu Kivihalme to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 1Recalled forward Mason Marchment from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
  
Information from Toronto Maple Leafs

JETS NOTES

The Winnipeg Jets make their lone trip to Scotiabank Arena this season tonight to face the Toronto Maple Leafs…The Jets are 1-0-1 during the trip after beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Monday night…Winnipeg finishes the trip tomorrow against the Boston Bruins in the Jets second game in as many nights. Last Game Jan. 6 at MTL – 3-2 W Jets Scorers: Morrissey (4), Ehlers (17), Copp (6) Canadiens Scorers: Chiarot (6, 7) Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (29 sv, 2 ga) Canadiens Goaltender: Carey Price (24 sv, 3 ga) Jets PP: 0-for-1 Jets PK: 2-for-2 Recap: Nikolaj Ehlers (1G, 1A) and Blake Wheeler (2A) each had two points to lead the Jets to a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night…Andrew Copp scored the game-winning goal for the Jets in the third period…Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 shots to earn the victory. Three Stars: 1. Ehlers 2. Chiarot 3. Kovalchuk

Next Five Games On the Road

Winnipeg is 13-7-2 on the road this season…The Jets are 2-0-1 in their past three road games…Winnipeg’s 28 points earned in road games is tied for fifth in the NHL…The Jets are in a stretch of seven of 10 games on the road…Winnipeg hasn’t lost consecutive games in regulation on the road this season…Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in scoring on the road with 26 points (9G, 17A) in 22 games, while Nikolaj Ehlers has a team best 12 goals.

So Busy

The Jets play three games in four nights this week…It’s the first of two times they play three games in four nights before the allstar/player break later this month…The Jets play 11 games in 21 days from Jan. 2-22 leading up to the eight-day all-star/player break. Back to Narrow Margins Monday’s win was Winnipeg’s 13th victory by one goal this season, which ranks third in the NHL…Winnipeg’s previous four wins were by three goals or more.

Back-2-Back The Jets have 10 back-to-back sets this season, the fifth of which is this week…The Jets are 3-1-0 in the first and 2-2-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season…Three of the five wins have come in overtime or a shootout…Winnipeg went 6-3-0 in the first game and 5-4-0 in the second game of back-to-backs last season.

Second Star

The NHL announced on Monday that Jets forward Mark Scheifele is the Second Star of the Week for the week ending Jan. 5/20…Scheifele opened the week with a four-point (1G, 3A) effort in Winnipeg’s 7-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday…On Thursday, the Jets assistant captain scored and added an assist in the Jets’ 6-3 setback to the Toronto Maple Leafs… Saturday, Scheifele recorded two points (1G, 1A) in Winnipeg’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild…The Kitchener, Ont. native shared the NHL lead with eight points (3G, 5A) this week.


Date Time (Local) Opponent Venue TV Radio
Jan. 9 7:00 p.m. At Boston TD Garden TSN3 TSN 1290
Jan. 12 1:00 p.m. Nashville Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290
Jan. 14 7:00 p.m. Vancouver Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290
Jan. 16 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290
Jan. 19 6:00 p.m. At Chicago United Center Sportsnet TSN 1290



Multi-Point Record

Blake Wheeler tallied two assists on Monday for his 156
th multi-point game with the Jets franchise, which moves him past Ilya Kovalchuk for the franchise record…Wheeler has 13 multi-point games this season, which has him tied for the team lead with Mark Scheifele…Wheeler has seven multi-point games in his past 13 games.

Winner, Winner

Andrew Copp scored his second game winning goal of the season on Monday, which matches the career high two game-winning goals he had last season…He’s the fourth member of the Jets to score multiple game-winning goals this season…Winnipeg’s past four game-winning goals have been scored by different players.

Information provided by the Winnipeg Jets

Hurricanes sign Justin Williams to 1-year contract — ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports

He will make a base salary of $700,000 this season and could earn an additional $1.3 million in bonuses based on individual and team play the rest of the regular season and during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Hurricanes sign Justin Williams to 1-year contract — ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports

NHL Rumors: Bruins Showing Interest In Veteran Winger Justin Williams — NESN.com

Could a Boston Bruins in-season addition for the wing actually come via free agency? After beginning the season quasi-retired, veteran winger Justin Williams reportedly is ready to return to the NHL. Most recently with the Hurricanes, Williams’ preference reportedly is to remain with Carolina, though that would take a little creativity from general manager Don…

NHL Rumors: Bruins Showing Interest In Veteran Winger Justin Williams — NESN.com

Anthony Davis bruises back as Lakers win rough one against Knicks — Press Telegram

Knicks forward Bobby Portis, right, fouls Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the first half Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. Portis was ejected from the game after the flagrant foul. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) New York Knicks forward Julius Randle, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, center, defends and forward Anthony Davis watches…

Anthony Davis bruises back as Lakers win rough one against Knicks — Press Telegram

TRAIL BLAZERS 101, RAPTORS 99 — WHAT THEY SAID: “It’s something that I will always embrace, embrace those moments and love those moments. Whenever you get a chance to have a moment like that, you have to take advantage of it. Throughout my career I’ve always been the guy that would take those shots and made a ton of them and missed a lot of them as well, but you just have to be willing and step up to take them.” — CARMELO ANTHONY.

(16-22) PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS, 101 VS. (24-13) TORONTO RAPTORS, 99 SCOTIABANK ARENA TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020 

TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES 

NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH) 

On Portland making some tough shots that were well defended … They made some deep ones and (Damian) Lillard is going to do that. I would say there was one (where) clearly I thought we made a mistake and didn’t press up on them enough. We were there, kind of, and he likes to lull you to sleep and we had done a good job … most of the night. There was one that was just clearly an offensive foul on (Hassan) Whiteside that wiped us out to tie the game and then (Carmelo Anthony) Melo hit a couple pretty good ones. We had a good chance to contest a couple of those a little harder in the corner, kind of two guys going at him and they both slowed because they almost were going to run into each other. Our own guys could have been a little better contesting and then the last shot he made a great move, he really did. He played on the catch and he got by OG (Anunoby) right away on that, so he was trailing from behind on that. But yeah, they made some good ones. Our guys played their guts out, they really played well. 

On the Patrick McCaw turnover in the corner being forced … I think he went between, he threw it down I think a little too low. I think Kyle (Lowry) was there, but I don’t think he was going to have a shot, but he was there on the air pass. I just think that he threw it too hard and too low. I didn’t see that one yet on tape, but live it looked like Kyle was going to come off and catch it. 

On considering going offence – defence in last few possessions … I did consider it, but I just felt like again what we would do is probably is leave Oshae (Brissett) for the perimeter shooting and take Rondae (Hollis-Jefferson) out, but we thought maybe Rondae would get an offensive rebound or something like that, a hustle play. It is six of one or the other or something, I don’t know and we wanted him out there for the defensive possessions. I think he is the one that got wiped out on that illegal screen. 

RONDAE HOLLIS-JEFFERSON (eight points, six rebounds) 

How did things get away at the end of the game? We kind of let their guys get hot, let them hit some shots, not being up on a couple screens, just was a step too late. 

Offensively what does the team have to do down the stretch to execute better? We have to make sure that we get the best shot possible at the end of the day. Make sure we run the set that we want to do, make sure we set screens, get people open and just get the best shot possible. 

OSHAE BRISSETT (12 points, six rebounds) 

On getting more time on the court with starters… Those guys make the game really easy. They draw so much attention from the defence and they know when to kick it and when to drive. Any decision that they make is just what I have to live with, so it doesn’t matter how, really how they play, I just have to feed off how they are going. 

KYLE LOWRY (24 points, 10 assists) 

On what went wrong down the stretch… Lack of concentration, they made some big threes. They made six threes in the fourth quarter. We missed some shots, they made big shots and I think we just let them get a little too loose in the fourth quarter. 

What is your view on what led to the Damian Lillard three that tied the game? A great screen and he shot it from really far. Serge (Ibaka) was trying to get up, but he didn’t get up there in time, but that’s what Dame does, he shoots the ball from far and they did a good job of executing. They stuck with their game plan and it worked out for them long term. 

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS QUOTES 

TERRY STOTTS (HEAD COACH) 

On tonight’s game… I was really proud the way our team competed tonight, particularly in the fourth quarter. We’ve had our struggles defensively in the fourth quarter throughout the season but tonight to hold them to 21 points and only give up one offensive rebound in the fourth quarter, and the way we competed being down 12 in the quarter, I was really proud the way we played. 

On the last play… The play was to get the ball to Dame (Damian Lillard) but they doubled Dame on the inbounds. CJ (McCollum) broke open, made a good read to Melo (Carmelo Anthony), and that was just playing basketball. But the inbounds play to get the ball to Dame but they took him out. 

On Damian Lillard’s fourth quarter… They did a good job with Dame, he only got three shots off in the first half. He kept moving back, he made some deep threes. Thankfully, he has the ability to make those threes, which opens up his drives and opens up some other things. I said it pregame about Dame, he’s competitive, and he has a strong desire to find a way to win games. 

CARMELO ANTHONY (28 points, seven rebounds, two steals) 

How big is this kind of road win for your team this season? As far as the season goes, I can only hope and pray that we could use this as a stepping stone, but as far as this road trip goes, it was very important for us to come back the way that we did on the road. The way that we just kind of buckled down in that second half, particularly that fourth quarter, the way we were able to make stops and get stops, and also make shots. So at the end of the day, this is a big confidence booster for us (and) big morale boost for us, especially going into the last game on this road trip where we have the opportunity to come out on the winning side. 

Do you still crave opportunities to get those shots? Yeah, of course. It’s something that I will always embrace, embrace those moments and love those moments. Whenever you get a chance to have a moment like that, you have to take advantage of it. Throughout my career I’ve always been the guy that would take those shots and made a ton of them and missed a lot of them as well, but you just have to be willing and step up to take them. 

Is there something special about hitting this shot? No, I don’t think it’s anything special. What’s special is that we came back and won this game. I think that’s the moment. That’s the special moment and that’s what I’ll take from this. 

DAMIAN LILLARD (20 points, nine assists, four rebounds,) 

How big is this road win for this team? It could be huge, especially against a really good team on the road. I think the way we did it, you know, we gave up 22 in the third, 31 in the fourth, we defended, we started to limit their second chances. I think they had one offensive rebound down the stretch. I think the way we did it is the style that we need to be able to win more games, so I think this could be one of those games that officially gets us going in the right direction. Hopefully it is.

 What do you talk about at halftime to get it going in the second half? We just talked about those things. We talked about how they were just outworking us on the offensive glass getting so many second and third opportunities, so we had to put bodies on guys, on the defensive end just get a little bit more aggressive so we didn’t have to play against a set half court. Defence, all game. In the second half we did a better job of that. I thought was obvious.

TRAIL BLAZERS 101, RAPTORS 99 POSTGAME NOTES: Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 24 points and dished out a game-high 10 assists in 38 minutes for his fifth double-double this season … Lowry has scored 20+ points in 10 of the last 12 games (Dec. 16 – Jan. 7); averaging 23.4 points during this stretch.

FINAL SCORE: PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 101, TORONTO RAPTORS 99

DATE: JANUARY 7, 2020 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)

FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS

Portland 101 16-22 Anthony – 28 Whiteside – 16 Lillard – 9

Toronto 99 24-13 Lowry – 24 Ibaka – 11 Lowry – 10

KEY RUN Trailing 95-88 with 3:57 to play, Portland ended the game the game on a 13-4 run … Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard combined for all 13 points during the run … After Damian Lillard made a 35-foot three-pointer to tie the game with 38.5 seconds left, Carmelo Anthony made the game-winning basket with just 4.1 seconds remaining … Kyle Lowry’s three-point attempt missed as time expired.

KEY STAT The Trail Blazers outscored Toronto 32-21 in the fourth quarter … Portland shot .632 (12-for-19) from the field and made six threes in the final period … The Raptors shot just .391 (9-for-23) in the fourth.

RAPTORS NOTES:

• With the loss, Toronto falls to 24-13 this season and 14-6 at home … The Raptors have dropped two of their last three games (Jan. 2-7) … Toronto plays the second game of a back-to-back set tomorrow night at Charlotte … The Raptors split the season-series with Portland for the second straight year. • Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 24 points and dished out a game-high 10 assists in 38 minutes for his fifth double-double of the season … Lowry has scored 20+ points in 10 of the last 12 games (Dec. 16 – Jan. 7); averaging 23.4 points during this stretch. • Serge Ibaka recorded his sixth straight double-double and 10th of the season with 17 points and a team-high 11 rebounds in 32 minutes … All 10 of Ibaka’s double-doubles have come in the last 15 games (Dec. 9 – Jan. 7). • Oshae Brissett scored a career-high 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3PT) in 23 minutes off the bench. • The Raptors had four players score double figures – Lowry (24), Ibaka (17), Brissett (12) and Chris Boucher (12) … Boucher scored in double digits for the ninth time this season. • Matt Thomas scored eight points (2-6 FG, 2-6 3PT, 2-2 FT) in 15 minutes off the bench … Thomas returned to the lineup after missing the previous 21 games with a left middle finger injury. TRAIL BLAZERS NOTES:

• With the win, Portland improves to 16-22 on the season and 8-13 on the road … The Trail Blazers have won two of their last three games and are now 2-2 on their five-game road trip (Jan. 1-9) … Portland finishes the road trip Thursday night at Minnesota. • The Trail Blazers led for just 18 seconds … After leading 4-3 early in the first quarter, Portland didn’t take the lead again until Anthony’s basket with 4.1 seconds remaining. • Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 28 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter … Portland improved to 5-3 this season when Anthony scores 20 or more. • Hassan Whiteside recorded his sixth straight double-double (Dec. 28 – Jan. 7) and 28th of the season with 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds in 37 minutes of action. • The Trail Blazers had five players score in double digits – Anthony (28), Damian Lillard (20), Whiteside (14), Anfernee Simons (12) and CJ McCollum (10).