RAPTORS AT TIMBERWOLVES PREGAME NOTES: The Raptors finished the first half of their season with a 27–14 record, the sixth straight season in which Toronto won 25 or more of its first 41 games. No other NBA team has done that in each of the past six seasons. The Raptors did not begin any season in that fashion before 2014–15.

INJURY REPORTS AT 5:30 P.M. SATURDAY

Minnesota Timberwolves Crabbe, Allen Questionable Injury/Illness – Illness; Illness
Layman, Jake Out Injury/Illness – Left Toe; Sprain
Martin, Kelan Out G League – Two-Way
Nowell, Jaylen Out G League – On Assignment
Towns, Karl-Anthony Available Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Sprain
Toronto Raptors Brissett, Oshae Out G League – Two-Way
Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain
VanVleet, Fred Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Hamstring; Strain
Watson, Paul Out G League – Two-Way

RAPTOR NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors play the second game of a back-to-back set Saturday night when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Toronto has won three straight meetings against the Timberwolves. The Raptors finished the first half of their season with a 27–14 record, the sixth straight season in which Toronto won 25 or more of its first 41 games. No other NBA team has done that in each of the past six seasons. The Raptors did not begin any season in that fashion before 2014–15.
• The Raptors beat the Wizards 140-111 on Friday, matching the franchise record for points in a game. Toronto also scored 140 points in a double-overtime win at Washington on Jan. 13, 2019. Friday was the
most points the Raptors have ever scored in regulation.
• Toronto made a franchise record 22 3-point field goals Friday vs. Washington. Toronto made 22-of-43 attempts (.512) from beyond the arc. Marc Gasol scored a season-high 20 and matched his career high with six 3-pointers against the Wizards, while Norman Powell added 28 points and made four 3s.
• Kyle Lowry needs just 29 assists to tie Jose Calderon (3,770) as the Raptors’ all-time leader in assists.
Lowry is already the franchise leader in three-point field goals (1,316) and steals (782). Lowry has recorded 10+ assists 112 times – second most in team history behind only Calderon (141).
• Kyle Lowry has dished out five or more assists in each of his 30 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 30 straight
games within a season for the Raptors are Damon Stoudamire (40-game streak in 1995–96) and Jose
Calderon (44-game streak in 2010–11).
• Pascal Siakam moved up to second among all Eastern Conference front-court players in the third fan returns of NBA All-Star voting. Siakam is looking to become the seventh player in franchise history to earn an
All-Star selection, joining Vince Carter (5X), Chris Bosh (5X), Kyle Lowry (5X), DeMar DeRozan (4X), Kawhi Leonard and Antonio Davis. The Raptors have had one player selected as a starter for the All-Star
Game each of the past five seasons; Leonard – 2019, DeRozan – 2018, 2017 and Lowry – 2016, 2015.
• The Raptors matched their season-high with 16 steals Friday night vs. Washington. Toronto forced the Wizards into an opponent season-high 28 turnovers which led to 30 points. The Raptors have 29 steals over the past two games (Jan. 15-17) and currently rank fifth in the NBA in steals per game (8.5).
• Toronto outscored Washington 34-19 in fast-break points Friday, including 16-2 in the first quarter. The Raptors are averaging 17.9 fast break points this season, third-best in the NBA.
• Norman Powell has three consecutive 20-point performances (Jan. 12-17) since returning from a left shoulder injury. Powell is averaging 23.7 points and is shooting .643 (27-42) from the floor and .550 (11-20) from three-point range during this stretch.
• Rookie Terence Davis ll tied a career high with 23 points in 24 minutes off the bench Jan. 17 vs. Washington. Davis is shooting .403 (54-134) from beyond the arc this season, which ranks fifth among NBA rookies. Davis II currently leads all rookies in +/- rating (+219).


PROBABLE STARTERS


F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 35.8 REB: 7.6 AST: 3.6 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.6 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 24.2


• Tallied 12 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals in 25 minutes Jan. 17 vs. Washington.
• Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (24.2) and sixth in minutes per game (35.8).
• Has scored 30+ points 10 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.


F – SERGE IBAKA #9

MIN: 26.6 REB: 8.5 AST: 1.2 STL: 0.4 TO: 2.1 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 15.1


• Contributed 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds in 26 minutes Jan. 17 vs. Washington.
• Averaging 17.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 31.7 minutes in 14 games as a starter.
• Shooting .544 (56-103) from the field and .471 (8-17) from three-point range through seven games in January.


C – MARC GASOL #33

MIN: 28.4 REB: 6.6 AST: 3.6 STL: 0.9 TO: 1.3 BLK: 1.1 PTS: 7.3


• Scored a season-high 20 points and tied a career high with six made threes Jan. 17 vs. Washington.
• Averaging 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 30.3 minutes in two games (Jan. 15-17) since returning to the lineup.
• Missed 12 games (Dec. 20 – Jan. 12) due to a left hamstring strain injury sustained Dec. 18 at Detroit.


G – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 30.1 REB: 5.8 AST: 1.7 STL: 1.2 TO: 1.3 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 11.4


• Finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four steals in 26 minutes Jan. 17 vs. Washington.


• Toronto is 18-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points.
• Shooting a career-best .504 (183-363) from the field, including .535 (38-71) through seven games in January.


G – KYLE LOWRY #7

MIN: 37.7 REB: 4.5 AST: 7.8 STL: 1.2 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 20.2


• Recorded 11 points, a team-high eight assists and three rebounds in 22 minutes Jan. 17 vs. Washington.
• Ranks sixth in the NBA in assist per game (7.8); averaging 10.0 assists over the last five games (Jan. 7-17).
• Has made at least two three-pointers in 17 straight games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 17); totaled 56 threes during this span.


INJURY REPORT
Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out
Fred VanVleet (Right hamstring; strain) – Questionable

Timberwolves Last Game Starters:
Pos. No. Player Ht. Wt. 2019-20 Averages
F – 22 Andrew Wiggins 6-8 194 22.7 pts (43.9%), 4.9 reb, 3.3 ast
F – 33 Robert Covington 6-8 211 13.2 pts (43.6%), 5.9 reb, 1.2 ast
C – 32 Karl-Anthony Towns 7-0 248 26.5 pts (50.9%), 11.4 reb, 4.3 ast
G – 23 Jarrett Culver 6-7 195 9.5 pts (39.4%), 3.7 reb, 2.0 ast
G – 13 Shabazz Napier 6-1 175 9.5 pts (38.7%), 2.5 reb, 4.5 ast
Status Report:
Guard Allen Crabbe: Is listed as questionable with an illness.
Forward Jake Layman: Has missed the last 27 games with a left toe sprain. He is listed as out for
tonight’s game against the Raptors.
Recent Transactions:
Jan 16: Acquired guard Allen Crabbe from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for guards Treveon
Graham and Jeff Teague.
Jan. 3: Assigned guard Jaylen Nowell to Iowa (G League).
Jan. 1: Recalled guard Jaylen Nowell from Iowa (G League).
Dec. 30: Recalled center Naz Reid from Iowa (G League).
Dec. 27: Assigned guard Jaylen Nowell and center Naz Reid to Iowa (G League).
Dec. 23: Recalled center Naz Reid and transferred two-way players Kelan Martin and Jordan
McLaughlin from Iowa (G League).
Dec. 20: Recalled guard Jaylen Nowell from Iowa (G League).
Dec. 17: Assigned guard Jaylen Nowell and center Naz Reid and transferred two-way player
Kelan Martin to Iowa (G League).
Dec. 16: Recalled guard Jaylen Nowell and center Naz Reid and transferred two-way player
Kelan Martin from Iowa (G League).
Dec. 12: Assigned center Naz Reid to Iowa (G League)

BLACKHAWKS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: John Tavares played 26:23 on Jan. 16 vs. Calgary, which is his second-highest single-game ice time in his career (April 11, 2010 – NYI vs. PIT: 26:46)- Tied for 17th in the NHL in multi-point games (13).- Tied for 18th in even-strength goals (15). His 15 even-strength goals rank second-most among NHLers who have appeared in 45 or fewer games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.8 percent, tied for 18th among centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 17.52 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (22-20-6 – 50 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (25-16-7 – 57 Points)

JANUARY 18, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ▪

RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus CHICAGO

ALL-TIME RECORD:289-264-96-3 (652 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:167-101-54-2 (324 Games)
2019-20:0-1-0
LAST FIVE:3-2-0
LAST 10:3-5-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus CHICAGO

GAMES PLAYED:Tyson Barrie (30), Jason Spezza (25), Jake Muzzin (20)
GOALS:John Tavares (8), Tyson Barrie (7), Auston Matthews (5), William Nylander (5)
ASSISTS:Tyson Barrie (19), Jason Spezza (14), Auston Matthews (9)
POINTS:Tyson Barrie (26), Jason Spezza (18), John Tavares (16)
PENALTY MINUTES:John Tavares (18), Tyson Barrie (12), Jake Muzzin (10)

MAPLE LEAFS – BLACKHAWKS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOCHICAGO
GOALS FOR (Rank):173 (t-1st)139 (20th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       155 (26th)149 (t-16th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):32/133 [24.1%] (6th)23/147 [15.7%] (27th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):105/138 [76.1%] (25th)117/141 [83.0%] (t-7th)
SHOTS (Rank):1617 (4th)1479 (18th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2431 (3rd)2171 (13th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.7% (6th)48.3% (23rd)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.8% (3rd)50.0% (t-16th)

MAPLE LEAFS – BLACKHAWKS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:Nov. 17, 1926 at Chicago (Blackhawks 4, Maple Leafs 1)
ALL-TIME RECORD:289-264-96-3 (652 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:167-101-54-2 (324 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:122-163-42-1 (328 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:Oct. 9, 2017 (Toronto 4, Chicago 3 OT)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. BLACKHAWKS

Tyson BarrieFirst career NHL game (Feb. 7, 2012 (COL) vs. CHI)
200th career NHL point (Oct. 28, 2017 (COL) vs. CHI)
Justin HollSelected by Chicago in the second round (54th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
Michael HutchinsonFirst career NHL shutout (Nov. 2, 2014 (WPG) at CHI)
Auston Matthews200th career NHL game (Mar. 13, 2019 vs. CHI)
Jake Muzzin400th career NHL game (Dec. 3, 2017 (LAK) at CHI)
William Nylander100th career NHL game (Mar. 13, 2019 vs. CHI)
Morgan Rielly300th career NHL game (Mar. 18, 2017 vs. CHI)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS34 (Matthews)
ASSISTS33 (Marner)
POINTS57 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS17 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS188 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.4% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.6% (Matthews)
BLOCKED SHOTS72 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS52 (Matthews)
HITS87 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:12 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:57 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 10-4-6 at home this season with a 3.03 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.
– Has made nine career appearances against the Blackhawks and is 3-2-3 with a 3.03 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage.- Tied for second in the NHL in wins (22).- Third in the NHL in total saves (1,066) and second in even-strength saves (902).
Tyson Barrie– Has four multi-assist games, which is tied for 13th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (7)
– One of 18 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 115 shots on goal. Is tied for ninth among defencemen in shots (126).- Has 26 points (7 goals, 19 assists) in 30 career games against Chicago, which is his highest point total against a single opponent.
Cody Ceci– Tied for 13th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (141:29).- Has played 61.3 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is the 15th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Pierre Engvall– Second among NHL rookies who have appeared in at least 20 games in goals per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (1.08).- Fifth among NHL rookie forwards in shorthanded time on ice (31:26).
Justin Holl– Has started 45.1 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 52.7 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 53.7 percent, which is the highest percentage among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Has a 2-1-1 record with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage on home ice this season. 
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.9 percent, which is fourth among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 57.7 percent at 5-on-5, which is third highest among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.
– Averaging 15:17 per game in 5-on-5 ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.
Kasperi Kapanen– Fifth among Maple Leafs in points (2-7-9; 10 GP) since the Christmas break.- Has scored 10 goals this season, which is tied for 12th-most among NHLers with no power play goals.- Fifth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-15-23).
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (6). – 10th among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (6-9-15).- Only Toronto forward to have recorded at least 25 hits (36) and 25 blocked shots (29) this season.
Mitch Marner– Has nine multi-assist games, which is tied for the seventh-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.24 points per game, which is the 11th-highest average among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.38 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fourth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- 12th in the NHL in primary assists (21). His 21 primary assists are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- 15th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (24.9).
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (34).- First NHLer to score 20 even-strength goals this season. Currently leads the League with 25 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (21) and is the only player in the NHL with at least 20 goals at 5-on-5.- Leads the NHL in multi-goal games (9).- Tied for ninth among NHL skaters in even-strength points (25-15-40).- Fifth in the NHL with 188 shots on goal. – Established a new career-high for assists in a game (4) on November 10 at Chicago.
William Nylander– Averages 1.21 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters and is tied for 16th among NHL skaters who have appeared in 40 games.- One of eight NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:28) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.21).- Had a pair of goals against Chicago on November 10.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.14 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the sixth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Averaging 1.25 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 20 games.
John Tavares– Played 26:23 on January 16 vs. Calgary, which is his second-highest single-game ice time in his career (April 11, 2010 – NYI vs. PIT: 26:46)- Tied for 17th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (13).- Tied for 18th among NHLers in even-strength goals (15). His 15 even-strength goals rank second-most among NHLers who have appeared in 45 or fewer games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.8 percent, which is tied for 18th among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 17.52 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 9.22 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which is ninth among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

William NylanderHas goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games.
John TavaresHas assists (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-3-5) in three consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Jason SpezzaFive assists from 600 assists

RECENT MILESTONES

Alex Kerfoot200th NHL game (January 16 vs. Calgary)
Jason Spezza1,100th NHL game (January 14 vs. New Jersey)

INJURY REPORT

Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Concussion)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Foot)On injured reserve.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 115

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

January 17Assigned forward Trevor Moore to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on a conditioning loan.
January 14Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Loaned forward Mason Marchment to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 13Recalled defenceman Rasmus Sandin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Placed defenceman Morgan Rielly on injured reserve.
January 12Activated forward Andreas Johnsson from injured reserve. Placed defenceman Jake Muzzin on injured reserve.
  

BLACKHAWKS NOTES

THE DOM-INATOR: Dominik Kubalik scored a goal (7G) in five consecutive games from Jan. 5-14, becoming the first Blackhawks rookie to score in five consecutive games since Jeremy Roenick (Jan. 27-Feb. 10, 1990) … Five straight contests with a goal shares the second-longest rookie goal scoring streak in franchise history … He also recorded a career-long point streak of six games (7G, 3A) from Jan. 2-14 … Kubalik is the 17th different NHL rookie in league history born outside of North America to record a goal streak of five or more games … Kubalik recorded back-to-back multiple goal outings for the first time in his career on Jan. 11 and 14 … Artemi Panarin was the last Blackhawks rookie to score multiple goals in two consecutive games (2015-16) … Brock Boeser was the last NHL rookie to score multiple goals in back-to-back games (Nov 21-22, 2017) … His 18 markers are the most goals recorded by an NHL rookie this season … The last Blackhawks rookie to lead all NHL rookies in goals was Panarin during the 2015-2016 season.

CAPTAIN CLUTCH: Jonathan Toews scored his team-leading third overtime goal of the season on Tuesday … His 12 overtime markers are the most in the league since the NHL introduced the 3-on-3 overtime format ahead of the 2015-16 season … He added two assists in the Blackhawks win over Ottawa … Toews registered an assist against the Canadiens on Wednesday to extend his point streak (2G, 6A) to four games … He recorded three multi-point games in a row (Jan. 9-14) for the first time since Dec. 31-Jan. 5 during the 2017-18 campaign.

KANE YOU DIG IT: Patrick Kane is in the midst of an eight-game point streak (4G, 9A) and is now two points away from 1,000 career points … The Buffalo, NY native will become the 90th NHL player to reach 1,000 points and the fourth Blackhawks player to reach the mark … He will be the seventh active player to tally 1,000 points and the 55th player in NHL history to record 1,000 points before his 1,000th game … The forward ranks in the top 10 in the NHL in points (60, 9th), goals (24, T-9th) and assists (36, T-8th) … Kane has totaled 24 points (10G, 14A) over his last 16 games.

ROAD WARRIORS: With their victory in Montreal on Jan. 15, Chicago has won six of their last seven games away from the United Center … Since Nov. 8, the Blackhawks share the National Hockey League lead with 10 victories and 22 points on the road.

SHORTHANDED SUCCESS: The Blackhawks killed off all three MTL power plays on Wednesday and have killed off their last 14 PK chances, including killing off two five-on-three power plays against the Flames on Jan. 7, the first time Chicago has killed off two fiveon-three disadvantages in a single game since Oct. 21, 2017 at Arizona … Since Dec. 5, the Blackhawks rank second in the National Hockey League in PK% (87.7), trailing TBL (89.7%) … For the season, Chicago shares seventh (83.0%) in the league in PK%, which would be their highest PK% since the 2014-15 season (83.4%).

UPCOMING MILESTONES – Kane needs 2 points for 1,000 career – Keith needs 1 goal for 100 career, 1 point to tie for 10th in franchise history, 4 assists for 500 career and 5 points for 600 career – Smith needs 2 goals for 100 career – Strome needs 3 points for 100 career – Toews needs 6 points for 800 career

RAPTORS 140, WIZARDS 111 — WHAT BOTH TEAMS SAID: “I think even the bigger maybe number is creating 28 turnovers. I thought we were out guarding right from the start and disrupting their rhythm, jarring the ball loose. Our hands have been pretty good lately and getting us out running. I think the pace certainly helps us and obviously the passing and the shooting were good too.”–NICK NURSE.

(13-28) WASHINGTON WIZARDS, 111 VS. (27-14) TORONTO RAPTORS, 140 SCOTIABANK ARENA FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2020

TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES

NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH)

On it being fun to watch a game with 35 assists and 140 points… Yeah, most of it was and I think even the bigger maybe number is creating 28 turnovers. I thought we were out guarding right from the start and disrupting their rhythm, jarring the ball loose. Our hands have been pretty good lately and getting us out running. I think the pace certainly helps us and obviously the passing and the shooting were good too.

On it being easier to get threes when the ball is moving like tonight… Well it is good when we play that way. I think that it is good to look down and see a number of guys in double figures and we had a bunch of guys shooting some high percentages. You know ebbs and flows; we have certainly had our one-for-nines and two-for-12s and it’s nice to get a couple six-for-sevens and five-for-sevens in there.

On OG Anunoby being back in a simplified role… I think there is always a couple of ways to look at this and I think different players react differently. When sometimes you look over there and you know that you are going to not come out, I have had those discussions with Norm (Powell) a few times, Norm would be like two-for-eight and I would be like, Norm I can’t take you out so could you make a couple here in the fourth quarter and he would or whatever. Some guys, maybe when they know that they have got to play well or there is going to be somebody else over that is healthy to come in and play, some guys react to that a little better. I can’t explain it, what I do like is he has had to guard smaller guys here the last couple of nights and he has really got out there and worked on his man, but his hands have been great. He is really been in the lane off his man tipping a bunch away to get us going and he has been out on the front of the break a little bit.

NORMAN POWELL (28 points, five rebounds)

On having time off and having fresh legs… I think it was good to be able to work with the injury. I was able to be on the court fairly quickly. They cleared me to be able to just start shooting and things like that. Working a lot with Pat Mutombo and we were trying to simulate game situations, game speed, a lot of conditioning, a lot of running just to keep myself adjusted to the pace of the game, and I think that really helped.

What has clicked offensively for the team the past couple of games? I think we are trusting one another, we are moving the ball. We are letting the offence work for us and I think the defence is really feeding the offence, able to get out there in transition and create easy looks, having the defence scrambling to get back and catch up and being able to kick out and continues to have them rotate.

Thoughts on the first half of the season… I think it has been really good. In a NBA season you never really know what’s going to happen, there are a lot of variables, but I think this team has done a great job of taking it on the chin, adjusting to it with the injuries and things like that and taking advantage of the opportunity. Playing together, playing hard and trusting the coaches, trusting one another and I think that’s what you need as a team going through an 82 game season. A lot of things are going to happen, but as long as we trust in one another, we figure it out along the way we will be good and I think we’ve done that really well.

MARC GASOL (20 points, six rebounds, five assists)

On the time off being a benefit in many ways… You always think positively on whatever happens to you. Obviously sitting for a few weeks kind of makes you itch a little bit and makes you want to really play and get back and help your team win.

What has clicked for the team offence the past couple of games? I think defensively that’s what has clicked. Defensively we create a lot of turnovers that allows us to run and create easy buckets and that kind of creates that momentum for us where it’s communicating, being unselfish, moving the ball. I think it starts defensively for us and that consistency and that trust allows us to run and you are not afraid of getting the ball go through your hands because you are going to get it back.

KYLE LOWRY (11 points, assists)

On teams offence the past few games… Just getting a rhythm, getting guys back. Marc (Gasol) helps tremendously, honestly. Pascal (Siakim) helps and putting guys back in their right spots and just being able to take advantage more of the mismatches,and being able to play through Marc a lot more.

On the team’s performance at the halfway mark of the season… All this stuff doesn’t matter. We wait until we get to the part of April, May, June. That’s what we play for, but right now we are just going to continue to get better and work.

(13-28) WASHINGTON WIZARDS, 111 VS. (27-14) TORONTO RAPTORS, 140 SCOTIABANK ARENA FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2020

WASHINGTON WIZARDS QUOTES

SCOTT BROOKS (HEAD COACH)

On the 28 turnovers… That’s a physical ball team. That’s a team that has a lot of length, a lot of strength and they got into us. We started the game off with turnovers and a lot of them were uncharacteristic ones, but some of them were because they are a good defensive team. They’re an experienced team, they are long, they are tough and they were clicking. We played a championship team tonight that was clicking on all cylinders and when that happens everything seems to fall. I thought they made a couple of tough threes that went their way. Like I said, that’s a good team. We didn’t play well, we turned the ball over.

On the Raptors disrupting the offensive flow… They took us out of our offence. We’ve been really good at moving the ball and flying around, moving our bodies and they were physical. They were physical right from the start. A simple exchange, a simple movement they were touching us up. We’ve got to be able to fight through that and we didn’t do a good job with that tonight. Like I said, give them credit. That’s what they do and they did it at a high, high level tonight.

On Isaac Bonga’s career night… It’s good to see his growth. He continues to just get a little better every day and that’s what we want all of our guys to do. Tonight was his night to grow up a little bit and I thought he did, on both ends of the court, he was competing and he made plays. The growth chart sometimes is not as fast as we want but I like it to always move it the right direction, and with Bonga it definitely has from the moment we got him, he’s gotten much better.

TROY BROWN JR. (22 points, eight rebounds, three steals)

What do you think led Toronto to score a season high tonight? A lot of things; transition points, turnovers, they were hitting a lot of threes. It was just a mix of stuff and we didn’t do a good job of coming out and executing the game plan and just … the effort today was low. Like I said, I didn’t feel like we came out and did a good job.

At the midway point of the season, where would you say this team is? We’re still developing. We’re still trying to get some stuff together and just figure out roles and stuff. I think the biggest thing right now is just guys are coming back from injuries, and so we’re just trying to figure back out where everybody fits. You know, we have to make adjustments based off of people being out, so when you’re winning games like that it’s just hard to implement guys into the system and kind of get them back where they were going. We’re trying to figure it out and just trying to go out and play as hard as we can, and today I didn’t feel like we had a great effort.

On the 22-point performance… For me personally, just kind of seeing (Isaac) Bonga go out there and be aggressive, and go out there and rebound the basketball, stuff like that. For me personally, it made me want to go out there and play hard and be aggressive and be assertive. You know, especially because we both probably, I feel like, kind of play in the same position and kind of get the same touches and so for him to come out as aggressive as he was … that was good to see him go out there and do that. I just wanted to kind of follow his lead.

BRADLEY BEAL (14 points, three assists)

From your perspective, what led to the 28 turnovers? Just weren’t strong with it. A lot of careless ones. I had a couple myself. Just being strong with it, being more precise with our decisionmaking and making firmer passes, good passes. A lot of them were throwing lob passes. They’re a long athletic team. I think the last three teams we’ve played have been like that, so we just have to be better at getting open and making ourselves available and just making the simple pass.

How did the defence get away from you with Toronto’s three-point shooting tonight? They made us work. They made us scramble. They did a good job of putting good lineups out there. (They have) numerous guys who can shoot and numerous guys they can put on the floor. So you know, they just did a good job scheme wise. We just have to be better knowing personnel, knowing that once one guy hits it we kind of have to treat him like he’s hot and kind of get him off the line, but we didn’t do that tonight. We turned the ball over and when you give up threes you’re not going to win.

RAPTORS 140, WIZARDS 111 POSTGAME NOTES: The Raptors tied the franchise record for most points in a game with 140 … Toronto scored 140 points in 2OT also against the Wizards on Jan. 13, 2019.

FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 140, WASHINGTON WIZARDS 111


DATE: JANUARY 15, 2020 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)


FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS
Washington 111 13-28 Brown Jr. – 22 Bonga – 10 Smith – 8


Toronto 140 27-14 Powell – 28 Ibaka – 8 Lowry – 8
KEY RUN
Leading 77-68 with 7:38 left in the third quarter, Toronto scored eight straight points to extend the lead to 17
with 5:59 left … The Raptors led 100-76 after three quarters.
KEY STAT
The Raptors tied the franchise record for most points i n a game with 140 … Toronto scored 140 points in 2OT also against the Wizards on Jan. 13, 2019.


RAPTORS NOTES:
• With the win, Toronto improves to 27-14 this season and 15-7 at home … The Raptors have won
three of their last four games (Jan. 8-17) and are now 4-3 in the month of January … Toronto plays the
second game of a back-to-back set tomorrow night in Minnesota.
• The Raptors have won seven in a row vs. Washington, including five straight games at home …
• Toronto made a franchise record 22 three-point field goals … The Raptors shot .512 (22-for-43) from
beyond the arc.
• The Raptors tied a season best with 16 steals … Toronto forced 28 turnovers which led to 30 points.
• Toronto outscored Washington 58-40 in the paint and 34-19 on the fast-break.
• The Raptors finished with 34 assists, their fourth straight game with at least 30 assists.
• Norman Powell led all scorers with 28 points in 30 minutes off the bench … Powell has scored 20 or
more points in all three games since returning from a left shoulder injury, averaging 23.7 points.
• Terence Davis ll tied a career high with 23 points in 24 minutes as a reserve.
• Marc Gasol scored a season-high 20 points … Gasol tied a career high with six three-point field goals
… He added six rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes.
• The Raptors had seven players score double figures – Powell (28), Davis ll (23), Gasol (20), OG
Anunoby (18), Serge Ibaka (15), Pascal Siakam (12) and Kyle Lowry (11).


WIZARDS NOTES:
• With the loss, Washington falls to 13-28 on the season and 5-17 on the road … The Wizards have
dropped three in a row (Jan. 12-17) and are now 3-6 in January … Washington’s next game is Monday afternoon when they host Detroit.
• Troy Brown Jr. paced the Wizards in scoring for the second time this season with 22 points in 26
minutes off the bench … Brown reached the 20-point plateau for the fourth time this season.
• Isaac Bonga recorded his first career double-double with career highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds in
29 minutes … Bonga scored 10 or more for the third time this season.
• The Wizards had six players score in double digits – Brown Jr. (22), Bonga (17), Bradley Beal (14), Davis Bertans (12), Ish Smith (12) and Anzejs Pasecniks (11).