The Rockies will officially be represented in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Newest member and former Rockie Larry Walker announced the headshot for his plaque will feature a Rockies hat.Larry Walker Will Enter The Hall Of Fame As A Rockie — CBS Denver
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GAME #44 – TORONTO RAPTORS (29-14) vs. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (29-16) WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020 – 7 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENA TV: TSN / ESPN – RADIO: TSN RADIO 1050 TORONTO
• The Toronto Raptors welcome the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night to Scotiabank Arena. This is the third meeting between the two teams with the home team winning each of the first two games. Toronto has won 14 consecutive games at home against Philadelphia. Pascal Siakam is averaging 20.5 points and 7.0 rebounds against the Sixers this season. In the Dec. 8 loss at Wells Fargo Center, Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 26 points, while OG Anunoby finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
• The Raptors won their fourth consecutive game (Jan. 15-20), 122-117, Monday afternoon at Atlanta. Toronto is averaging 128.5 points and shooting .526 (189-359) from the field over the last four games.
• Norman Powell led the Raptors with 27 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, in 26 minutes off the bench Monday against Atlanta. Powell has now scored 20+ points in a career-high five straight games (Jan. 12-20) since returning from a left shoulder injury. He is averaging 23.6 points and is shooting .592 (42-71) from the floor and .529 (18-34) from three-point range during this stretch. Powell has posted 12 games of 20 or more points this season.
• Toronto forced 24 turnovers Monday at Atlanta which lead to 33 points for the Raptors. Toronto has now forced 20 or more turnovers in three of the last four games (Jan. 15-20). The Raptors have a +23 turnover differential (66-to-89) during this span.
• Kyle Lowry needs 20 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 (1,321) and steals (784). Lowry has recorded 10+ assists 112 times – second most in team history behind only Calderon (141).
• Pascal Siakam moved up to second among all Eastern Conference frontcourt 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 recorded 13 steals Monday afternoon vs. the Hawks. Toronto has totaled at least 13 steals in each of the last four games, averaging 14.0 steals during this stretch. On the season, the Raptors rank second in the NBA in steals per game (8.7) – trailing only Chicago (10.0).
• Fred VanVleet is averaging 24.5 points in two games (Jan. 18-20) since returning from a right hamstring injury. He is shooting .556 (15-27) from the field and .667 (8-12) from three-point range during this stretch. VanVleet has scored 20+ points 16 times this season, which includes two 30-point performances.
• Rookie Terence Davis ll currently leads all rookies in both plus-minus rating (+213) and real-plus minus (3.97). Davis is the only Raptor to appear in every game this season.
• Toronto finished the first half of the season with a 27–14 record, the sixth straight season in which the Raptors won 25 or more of its first 41 games. No other NBA team has done that in each of the last six seasons. The Raptors did not begin any season in that fashion before 2014–15. PROBABLE STARTERS
G – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 29.7 REB: 5.7 AST: 1.6 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.3 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 11.0
• Contributed four points and four rebounds in 21 minutes Jan. 20 at Atlanta. • Toronto is 18-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Shooting a career-best .496 (185-373) from the field, including .494 (40-81) in January (nine games).
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 35.2 REB: 7.4 AST: 3.5 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.6 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 23.7
• Finished with 18 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes Jan. 20 at Atlanta. • Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (23.7) and tied for 12th in minutes per game (35.2). • Has scored 30+ points 10 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.
C – MARC GASOL #33
MIN: 27.9 REB: 6.4 AST: 3.5 STL: 0.9 TO: 1.3 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 7.5
• Tallied 14 points, five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes Jan. 20 at Atlanta. • Averaging 13.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists in four games (Jan. 15-20) since returning to the lineup. • Missed 12 games (Dec. 20 – Jan. 12) due to a left hamstring strain.
G – KYLE LOWRY #7
MIN: 37.2 REB: 4.5 AST: 7.6 STL: 1.2 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 20.1
• Recorded 10 points, a team-high seven assists and four rebounds in 29 minutes Jan. 20 at Atlanta. • Tied for seventh in the NBA in assist per game (7.6); averaging 8.0 assists through nine games in January. • Has scored 20+ points 18 times in 32 games this season; scored 20+ points 15 times in 65 games last season.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 37.2 REB: 4.5 AST: 7.6 STL: 1.2 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 20.1
• Scored 20 points and set career highs in both free throws made and attempted (11-for-14) Jan. 20 at Atlanta. • Returned to the lineup Jan. 18 at Minnesota after sitting out five games (Jan. 7-17) with a right hamstring strain. • Tied for third in the NBA in steals per game (2.0); has registered multiple steals in 17 games.
SERIES RECAP VS. PHILADELPHIA
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2019-20 1-1 1-0 0-1
ALL-TIME 55-39 30-16 25-23
STREAKS Lost 1 Won 14 Lost 1
LAST WIN: November 25, 2019 (101-96)
LAST HOME WIN: November 25, 2019 (101-96)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +34, October 21, 2017
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -35, January 7, 2012
LAST TIME VS. PHILADELPHIA
GAME 22 – DECEMBER 8, 2019 PHILADELPHIA 110, TORONTO 104 PHILADELPHIA — Tobias Harris scored 26 points and rookie Matisse Thybulle had a career-high 20 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers a 110104 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night… Ben Simmons had 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists as the Sixers remained unbeaten at home this season… Kyle Lowry, scored 26 points, and OG Anunoby had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto… Joel Embiid finished with 10 points and eight rebounds… The Raptors, who trailed by as many as 20 points in the third quarter, got as close as five before Thybulle’s two free throws with 26.3 seconds left sealed the deal… Toronto got close late, but had dug too big of a hole in the third quarter… Philadelphia held Toronto to 36% shooting in the first half while taking a 57-42 lead at the break… The 76ers continued to clamp down on the Raptors offense after halftime and got a big lift from the bench during a decisive third-quarter run that saw their lead grow to as many as 20 points, 73-53, on Al Horford’s hook with 4:23 remaining in the period.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 22 20 26 36 104
PHILADELPHIA 27 30 29 24 110
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