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RAPTORS AT SPURS PREGAME NOTES: Kyle Lowry needs 13 assists to tie Jose Calderon (3,770) as the Raptors’ all-time leader. Lowry is the franchise leader in 3-point field goals (1,324) and steals (788). Lowry has recorded 10+ assists 112 times – second most in team history behind Calderon (141).

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors finish a two-game road trip (Jan. 24-26) Sunday afternoon against the San Antonio
Spurs at AT&T Center. The Raptors are winless in their last 10 visits to San Antonio. Toronto’s last victory
in San Antonio was Dec. 28, 2007 (83-73). The Spurs rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Raptors 105-104 in their first meeting earlier this month. Toronto and San Antonio have split the season-series each of the last two seasons.
• The Raptors have won six in a row (Jan. 15-24), one shy of their season high. Toronto won seven straight games Nov. 18 – Dec. 1. The Raptors are averaging 123.2 points and shooting .513 (270-for-526) from the field, including .433 (93-for-215) from beyond the arc, over the last six games.
• Pascal Siakam was named a starter for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago. Siakam becomes the seventh player in franchise history to earn an All-Star selection, joining Chris Bosh (five times), Vince Carter (five times), Kyle Lowry (five times), DeMar DeRozan (four times), Antonio Davis and Kawhi Leonard. Siakam’s selection also extends a streak of six consecutive years that a Raptor has been voted into the starting five – Lowry (2015, 2016), DeRozan (2017, 2018) and Leonard (2019).
• Kyle Lowry needs 13 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 (1,324) and steals (788). Lowry has recorded 10+assists 112 times – second most in team history behind only Calderon (141).
• With Friday’s win at New York, the Raptors are guaranteed to end the month of January (8-3) with a winning record. Toronto has now finished with a winning record each of the past 21 calendar months (February 2017 – January 2020). The streak is the longest in franchise history and the longest current
streak in the NBA. The last month in which Toronto did not have a winning record was January 2017 (8–9).
• Since returning from a left shoulder injury, Norman Powell is averaging 21.7 points in seven games (one start). He is shooting .581 (54-for-93) from the field and 50 per cent (22-for-44) from three-point range during this stretch. Powell has led Toronto’s reserves in scoring in each of the last six games.
• Kyle Lowry paced the Raptors with 26 points in Friday’s victory over the Knicks. Lowry is one of two Eastern Conference players, along with Trae Young, averaging 20+ points and 7+ assists this season. Lowry is
currently averaging 20.1 points in 34 games; +5.9 ppg from last season (14.2 ppg in 2018-19).
• Toronto has won six straight games on the road (Jan. 4-24) – the third longest streak in team history. The franchise record is nine consecutive victories away from Scotiabank Arena (Feb. 11 – Mar. 20, 2018).
• Terence Davis ll currently leads all rookies in plus-minus rating (+233) and ranks third in 3-point shooting percentage (.399). Davis is the only Raptor to appear in every game this season.
• There are five former Raptors on San Antonio’s active roster: Marco Belinelli, DeMarre Carroll, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay and Jakob Poeltl. DeRozan was selected ninth overall by the Raptors in the 2009 NBA Draft and spent his first nine seasons in Toronto. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in points
(13,296), field goals made (4,716), free throws made (3,539), games played (675) and victories (353).


PROBABLE STARTERS


G – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 29.4 REB: 5.5 AST: 1.6 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.3 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 10.7


• Contributed seven points, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 26 minutes Jan. 24 at New York.
• Toronto is 18-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points.
• Shooting a career-best .491 (188-383) from the field, including .473 (43-91) through 11 games in January.


F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 35.1 REB: 7.6 AST: 3.5 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.6 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 23.5


• Finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes Jan. 24 at New York.
• Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (23.5) and 13th in minutes per game (35.1).
• 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: 6.5 AST: 3.5 STL: 0.9 TO: 1.3 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 7.7


• Totaled six points, a team-high nine rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes Jan. 24 at New York.
• Averaging 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in six games (Jan. 15-24) since returning to the lineup.
• Missed 12 games (Dec. 20 – Jan. 12) due to a left hamstring strain.


G – KYLE LOWRY #7

MIN: 37.0 REB: 4.5 AST: 7.4 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.8 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 20.1


• Recorded a game-high 26 points, six rebounds and a season-high four steals in 35 minutes Jan. 24 at New York.
• Ranks ninth in the NBA in assists per game (7.4); averaging 7.2 assists through 11 games in January.
• Has scored 20+ points 19 times this season; scored 20+ points 15 times in 65 games last season.


G – FRED VANVLEET #23

MIN: 36.0 REB: 3.8 AST: 6.8 STL: 1.9 TO: 2.3 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 18.4


• Contributed 16 points and a team-high nine assists in 39 minutes Jan. 24 at New York.
• Ranks fifth in the NBA in steals per game (1.94); has registered multiple steals in 17 games.
• Averaging 21.8 points and is shooting .654 (17-26) from three-point range over the last four games (Jan. 18-24).

INJURY REPORT
Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out
Patrick McCaw (Nose; fracture) – Out


TONIGHT’S GAME DETAILS
Opponent: San Antonio Spurs
Date: Sunday, January 26
Tip-Off: 4 p.m. (ET)
Venue: AT&T Center
Television: Sportsnet One
Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto


SERIES RECAP VS. SAN ANTONIO
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2019-20 0-1 0-1 0-0
ALL-TIME 13-34 9-15 4-19
STREAKS Lost 1 Lost 1 Lost 10
LAST WIN:
February 22, 2019 (120-117)
LAST ROAD WIN:
December 28, 2007 (83-73)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY:
+33, February 19, 1997
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT:
-28, January 3, 2017
LAST TIME VS. SAN ANTONIO
GAME 39 – JANUARY 12, 2020
SAN ANTONIO 105, TORONTO 104
TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Rudy Gay had 15 and
the San Antonio Spurs rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Toronto
Raptors 105-104 … San Antonio used a big fourth quarter to win for the
third time in four games … DeRozan also collected eight rebounds and
four assists while topping 20 points for the 11th straight game … San Antonio trailed 82-69 to begin the fourth but opened the quarter with a 19-5
run, taking an 88-87 lead on LaMarcus Aldridge’s layup with 6:34 to
play … The Spurs led 100-91 with 2:37 left, but Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka each made 3-pointers as Toronto tied it 100-100 on
Ibaka’s shot from distance with 1:17 left … Siakam broke the tie by making
the second of two free throws with 41 seconds left, but Marco Belinelli
replied with a 3 for the Spurs, making it 103-101 with 28 seconds remaining … After a Toronto timeout, Siakam missed a shot that would have tied
the game … San Antonio’s Lonnie Walker IV grabbed the rebound, Lowry
fouled DeRozan, and the former Raptors star pushed the lead to four
points by making a pair from the line … Lowry replied with a deep 3, cutting the deficit to one, and Aldridge missed a pair of free throws with four
seconds left, but Siakam’s long 3-pointer bounced off the backboard at the
buzzer … Ibaka had 21 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for the
Raptors, and Lowry finished with 16 points and a season-high 15 assists.
1 2 3 4 T
SAN ANTONIO 21 22 26 36 105
TORONTO 28 23 31 22 104


NEXT GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Atlanta Hawks
Date: Tuesday, January 28
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
Television: TSN
Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN


SERIES RECAP VS. ATLANTA
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2019-20 2-0 0-0 2-0
ALL-TIME 46-45 23-21 23-24
STREAKS Won 9 Won 3 Won 6
LAST WIN:
January 20, 2020 (122-117)
LAST HOME WIN:
January 8, 2019 (104-101)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY:
+44, December 3, 2016
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT:
-31, December 2, 2009
LAST TIME VS. ATLANTA
GAME 43 – JANUARY 20, 2020
TORONTO 122, ATLANTA 117
ATLANTA — Norman Powell scored 27 points, including 17 in the final
period, and the Raptors withstood Atlanta’s late charge to beat the Hawks
122-117 on Monday … Trae Young had 42 points and season-high 15
assists for Atlanta … Powell has scored 20 or more points in five straight
games, the longest stretch of his career… Toronto led 112-91 before surviving a late comeback by the Hawks, who pulled within two points at 117-
115 … Fred VanVleet, who had 20 points, sank three free throws with 14.2
seconds remaining after he was fouled by John Collins, pushing the lead
to five … Powell had only 10 points through three quarters before finding
his 3-point range in the final period to lead Toronto’s productive second
unit … The backups were on the floor when Toronto made its comeback in
the third quarter and remained in the game for most of the final period …
Young’s four-point play cut Toronto’s lead to 114-107 with 1:39 remaining
… Collins’ layup reduced the deficit to two points … Powell made three
straight 3s to lead the Raptors’ decisive surge early in the final period …
Powell made 6 of 9 3s … Pascal Siakam scored 18 points.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 36 21 26 39 122
ATLANTA 25 35 22 35 117


GAME 45 – JANUARY 24, 2020
TORONTO 118, NEW YORK 112
NEW YORK — Kyle Lowry scored 26 points, Pascal Siakam had 23 and
the Raptors beat the Knicks 118-112 for their sixth straight victory … A
night after being voted to start the NBA All-Star Game, Siakam had two
big baskets down the stretch … He drove for a dunk with 1:09 left and
Toronto leading by only one, then nailed a three-pointer with 21 seconds
remaining after the Knicks had closed within three … Fred VanVleet and
Norman Powell each finished with 16 points for the Raptors, who beat the
Knicks for the eighth straight time … Marcus Morris and Damyean Dotson
each scored 21 points for the Knicks … Julius Randle had 20 points and
11 rebounds … Toronto has won 16 of the last 18 meetings, including four
straight in New York … The Knicks jumped out to a 26-13 lead and were
up by 10 in the second quarter before the Raptors ran off 13 straight
points, with Lowry’s three-pointer making it 43-40 … Toronto led 56-53 at
halftime … Lowry and VanVleet made three-pointers to open the second
half and the lead grew to 67-55 when Siakam converted a three-point play
… The Knicks knocked half of it off by the end of the period and Toronto
took an 85-79 lead to the fourth.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 20 36 29 33 118
NEW YORK 28 25 26 33 112


GAME 44 – JANUARY 22, 2020
TORONTO 107, PHILADELPHIA 95
TORONTO — Fred VanVleet scored 22 points while Marc Gasol had 17
points on a perfect shooting night, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-95 for their fifth consecutive win … Six Raptors scored
in double figures … Pascal Siakam had 18 points and 15 rebounds, while
Norman Powell chipped in with 18 points … Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka
finished with 16 each for Toronto, which ended the Sixers’ four-game win
streak … Tobias Harris had 22 points to top the Sixers, who were missing
Joel Embiid … Playing his fifth game back since missing 12 with a hamstring injury, Gasol shot 7-for-7 from the field, and connected on his three
three-point attempts … The Sixers led by as many as 14 points early in
the game and were up by double digits in the third quarter … When Rondae Hollis-Jefferson chucked a rugby pass to VanVleet as he was falling
sideways, VanVleet’s three-pointer gave Toronto a two-point lead … Lowry’s driving layup on Toronto’s next possession capped a 20-6 Raptors run
and sent Toronto into the fourth quarter up 76-72 … Midway through the
fourth, Powell’s layup made it a nine-point Raptors lead … Back-to-back
Sixers baskets briefly sliced the gap to three, but consecutive VanVleet
three-pointers capped a 10-0 Raptors run to put Toronto up by 13 — their
biggest lead of the game — with 1:29 to play … The Raptors lost Patrick
McCaw to a facial contusion early in the second quarter.
1 2 3 4 TOT
PHILADELPHIA 35 15 22 23 95
TORONTO 26 24 26 31 107


LAST GAME’S SAN ANTONIO STARTERS


10 DEMAR DEROZAN G • 6-7 • 220 USC
GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3PG% FT% MPG
44/44 22.6 5.6 5.2 1.07 0.27 .536 .286 .843 34.3


2019-20: His 13 straight games with 20-plus points and 3-plus assists while shooting 50% or better from the field is the second longest streak in NBA history (Wilt Chamberlain, 19). Owns the longest streak with 20 points and 50% shooting by a guard in NBA history. Named Western Conference
Player of the Week for games played 1/6 – 1/12. Shooting a career-high 53.6% from the field. Has scored 20+ points in 15 of the last 16 games. Scored a season-high 36 points on 11/18 and 1/10.
Last Game: 30 PTS, 10-15 FG, 10-11 FT, 8 RBS, 4 AST, 1 STL


12 LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE F • 6-11 • 250 TEXAS
GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3PG% FT% MPG
42/42 19.3 7.4 2.4 0.62 1.76 .510 .427 .842 33.1


2019-20: Passed Larry Kenon for 8th on the Spurs all-time scoring list. Scored 32 points with a
season-high 14 rebounds for his 11th double-double this season on 1/22. Set a new career-high 5 3-pointers (1/10, 12/28). Shooting a career-high 42.7 3FG%, 14th in the NBA. Has hit a three in 16-straight games, longest streak of his career. Set his new single-season career record with 50 made 3s. Recorded his 8th career game with 40+ points on 12/23. BPG ranks 9th in the NBA.
Last Game: 16 PTS, 6-11 FG, 3-4 FT, 6 RBS, 3 AST, 1 STL, 2 BS


41 TREY LYLES F • 6-10 • 235 KENTUCKY
GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3PG% FT% MPG
44/34 4.7 5.8 1.2 0.30 0.34 .405 .330 .682 17.5


2019-20: Recorded a career-high 14 rebounds on 1/2 at Milwaukee and at Golden State on 11/1.
Scored a season-best 17 points and 3 three-pointers with 8 rebounds and 4 assists on 12/23. Matched a season high 3-of-5 3s and tallied 10 points on 11/9. Recorded a single-season career high with eight double-digit rebound games. Averaging a career-best 5.8 RPG.
Last Game: 3 PTS, 1-6 FG, 8 RBS


5 DEJOUNTE MURRAY G • 6-5 • 180 WASHINGTON
GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3PG% FT% MPG
40/32 10.1 5.8 4.0 1.65 0.25 .490485 .345 .773 24.0
2019-20: Posted his 11th career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds on 1/17.
Reached 1,000 career points on 12/14. Has made 19 threes this season, more than his first two seasons combined. Recorded the longest streak with 2+ steals (11) by a Spur since David Robinson (13) in 1992. Dished out a career-high 10 assists and scored 17 points vs. OKC on 11/7. SPG ranks 8th in the NBA. Ranks 15th in rebounds among league guards.
Last Game: 6 PTS, 3-9 FG, 5 RBS, 2 AST


11 BRYN FORBES G • 6-3 • 205 MICHIGAN STATE
GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3PG% FT% MPG
44/43 11.3 2.2 1.8 0.50 0.00 .403 .367 .820 25.7
2019-20: Registered the second most three-pointers in a game in franchise history with 8 on
1/20, including the record for most in a single half with 7. Third undrafted Spur to have multiple
seasons with 100+ threes. Second fastest Spur to make 350 career threes. Tied career-high seven
assists on 11/20. Has scored in double figures 25 times
Last Game: 7 PTS, 3-7 FG, 2 RBS, 2 AST 1 STL


2019-20 SPURS RECORDS
OVERALL HOME AWAY OT
EASTERN 9-10 6-3 3-7 0-1
WESTERN 11-14 6-8 5-6 4-0
OVERALL 20-24 12-11 8-13 4-1