RAPTORS AT CAVALIERS PREGAME NOTES: The Raptors have won a season-high eight straight games (Jan. 15-28). Toronto is averaging 122.4 points and shooting .497 (359-722) from the field, including .396 (122-308) from beyond the arc over the eight games. Pascal Siakam is averaging a team-high 20.6 points during this stretch. The Raptors’ longest winning streak in franchise history is 11 games (2X: Feb. 26 – Mar. 16, 2018 and Jan. 1 – 30, 2016).

GAME #48 – TORONTO RAPTORS (33-14) vs. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (13-35) THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020 – 7 P.M. (ET) – ROCKET MORTGAGE FIELDHOUSE TV: SPORTSET ONE – RADIO: TSN 1050 TORONTO

RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors play the first game of a back-to-back set Thursday night when they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is the third and final meeting between the two teams this season, with Toronto taking the first two games – both played at Scotiabank Arena. Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 24 points and recorded eights assists in the Raptors’ 117-97 victory New Year’s Eve. Lowry is averaging 22.0 points and 9.5 assists against the Cavaliers this season. With a win Thursday, the Raptors would sweep the season series with Cleveland for the first time since 2000-01.

• The Raptors have won a season-high eight straight games (Jan. 15-28). Toronto is averaging 122.4 points and shooting .497 (359-722) from the field, including .396 (122-308) from beyond the arc over the last eight games. Pascal Siakam is averaging a team-high 20.6 points during this stretch. The Raptors’ longest winning streak in franchise history is 11 games (2X: Feb. 26 – Mar. 16, 2018 and Jan. 1 – 30, 2016).

• Kyle Lowry needs 84 points to tie Vince Carter (9,420) for third on the Raptors’ all-time points list (top-five on page three). On Tuesday night, Lowry surpassed Jose Calderon (3,770) as Toronto’s all-time leader in assists, finishing the night with 11 assists. Lowry was already the franchise leader in 3-point field goals and steals. The only NBA players who are their current franchise’s all-time leader in assists are Houston’s James Harden and Washington’s John Wall.

• Toronto has won seven straight games on the road (Jan. 4-26) – tied for the second longest streak in team history. The Raptors won a franchise record nine in a row on the road Feb. 11 – Mar. 20, 2018.

• The Raptors continue a stretch on seven consecutive games (Jan. 26 – Feb. 8) vs. Eastern Conference opponents Thursday night. Toronto is 23-7 (.767) against the East this season – the third best winning percentage in the NBA behind Milwaukee (.897) and LA Clippers (.778). Toronto has won nine of their last 10 games against Eastern Conference foes. During this stretch, Toronto is averaging 115.6 points and shooting .466 (417-895) from the field.

• 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). • With Tuesday’s win vs. Atlanta, the Raptors improved to 10-3 in the month of January. Toronto has 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).

• All-Star forward Pascal Siakam was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Jan. 20-26. He earned the honour for the third time in his career and the second time this season. Siakam averaged team highs of 23.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in four wins last week.


PROBABLE STARTERS

G – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 29.2 REB: 5.5 AST: 1.7 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 10.5

• Finished with four points, six rebounds and three blocks in 27 minutes Jan. 28 vs. Atlanta. • Toronto is 19-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Shooting a career-best .490 (193-394) from the field, including .471 (48-102) through 13 games in January.

F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 35.0 REB: 7.7 AST: 3.4 STL: 0.9 TO: 2.5 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 23.8

• Totaled a team high-tying 24 points, nine rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes Jan. 28 vs. Atlanta. • Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (23.8); averaging 27.3 points over the last three games (Jan. 24-28). • Has scored 30+ points 11 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.

C – SERGE IBAKA #9


MIN: 26.2 REB: 8.2 AST: 1.3 STL: 0.6 TO: 1.8 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 15.0

• Scored a team-high trying 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench Jan. 28 vs. Atlanta. • Averaging 17.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 31.7 minutes in 14 games as a starter this season. • Has scored in double figures each of the last four games (Jan. 22-28); averaging 16.5 points during this span.

G – KYLE LOWRY #7

MIN: 36.9 REB: 4.6 AST: 7.4 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.8 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 19.8

• Recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 assists Jan. 28 vs. Atlanta. • Tied for eighth in the NBA in assists per game (7.4); averaging 7.2 assists through 13 games in January. • Has scored 20+ points in 19 games this season; scored 20+ points 15 times in 65 games last season.

G – FRED VANVLEET #23


MIN: 26.2 REB: 8.2 AST: 1.3 STL: 0.6 TO: 1.8 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 15.0

• Finished with 19 points, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes Jan. 28 vs. Atlanta. • Tied for fourth in the NBA in steals per game (1.97); has registered multiple steals in 18 games. • Averaging 19.8 points and is shooting .535 (23-43) from three-point range over the last six games (Jan. 18-28).


INJURY REPORT Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; tightness) – Out Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Right ankle sprain) – Out Patrick McCaw (Nose; fracture) – Questionable.

CLEVELAND’S LAST GAME STARTERS


POS NO. PLAYER HT. WT. G GS PPG RPG APG FG% MPG

F 16 CEDI OSMAN 6-7 230 19-20: 48 48 11.0 3.4 2.3 .447 29.1

F 0 KEVIN LOVE 6-8 247 19-20: 41 41 17.4 9.9 2.8 .450 31.1

C 13 TRISTAN THOMPSON 6-9 254 19-20: 46 46 12.2 10.3 2.1 .515 31.2

G 1 DANTÉ EXUM 6-5 214 19-20: 26 1 4.3 1.7 1.1 .465 13.5

G 2 COLLIN SEXTON 6-1 192 19-20: 48 48 19.5 3.3 2.5 .458 32.0

CAVALIERS INJURY REPORT

Brandon Knight (Left Knee; Soreness) – OUT

Dylan Windler (Left Lower Leg; Stress Reaction) – OUT

Ante Zizic (Illness) – OUT

2019-20 GAME RECAPS (Raptors Lead Series 2-0)

CAVALIERS 97, RAPTORS 117 – SCOTIABANK ARENA – TORONTO, ON (12/31/19) – REGULAR SEASON GAME #33

KEY PERFORMERS: Collin Sexton recorded a team-high 22 points on 8-15 (.533) shooting from the field and one steal in 32 minutes…Tristan Thompson notched his 17th double-double of the season with 14 points on 5-6 (.833) shooting and a game-high tying 11 rebounds in 32 minutes of work…Kevin Love also registered a double-double, his 14th of the season, with 10 points, a game-high tying 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 30 minutes…Cedi Osman shot 4-8 (.500) from three-point range and finished with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and one block in 25 minutes…Darius Garland had 12 points, four assists and one steal in 34 minutes…Kevin Porter Jr. added 13 points, four rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes…For Toronto, Kyle Lowry had game highs of 24 points and eight assists in 36 minutes…Serge Ibaka recorded a double-double with 20 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in 33 minutes.

TURNING POINT: The Raptors closed out the second half on a 20-8 run to go up 59-43 and led by double-digits the rest of the way. CAVS HIGHLIGHTS: Six players scored in double figures for Cleveland…The Cavs knocked down 10 three-pointers, shot 13-16 (.812) from the charity stripe and had 19 second chance points.
DECEMBER 31, 2019 SCORE HI SCORER HI REBOUND HI ASSISTS FG% FT% REB (O-D-T)

CAVALIERS 97-117 SEXTON – 22 LOVE/THOMPSON – 11 OSMAN/PORTER JR. – 4 37-87 (.425) 13-16 (.812) 8-33-41

at Raptors Lowry – 24 Ibaka – 10 Lowry – 8 40-84 (.476) 20-25 (.800) 10-35-45

CAVALIERS 113, RAPTORS 133 – SCOTIABANK ARENA – TORONTO, ON (12/16/19) – REGULAR SEASON GAME #27

KEY PERFORMERS: Collin Sexton posted a team-high 25 points on 10-16 (.625) shooting from the field, five rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes…Darius Garland finished with 20 points on 7-14 (.500) shooting, including 4-8 (.500) from long range, two rebounds, a team-high tying five assists and two steals in 38 minutes…Tristan Thompson tallied 18 points on 9-14 (.643) shooting, a teamhigh eight rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes…Cedi Osman shot 3-6 (.500) from deep and finished with 12 points, two rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes…For Toronto, Pascal Siakam had a game-high 33 points on 13-24 (.542) shooting, including 5-8 (.625) from three-point range, in 36 minutes…Normal Powell tallied 26 points on 11-15 (.733) shooting, including 4-6 (.667) from beyond the arc, six rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes…Kyle Lowry recorded a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 11 assists in 37 minutes.

TURNING POINT: With Toronto leading 16-11 midway through the first quarter, the Raptors increased their lead 35-17 after a 19-6 run and led by seven points or more the rest of the way. CAVS HIGHLIGHTS: The Cavs handed out 30 assists to 11 turnovers and scored 56 points in the paint…Cleveland also knocked down 12 three-pointers.


DECEMBER 16, 2019 SCORE HI SCORER HI REBOUND HI ASSISTS FG% FT% REB (O-D-T)

CAVALIERS 113-133 SEXTON – 25 THOMPSON – 8 GARLAND/HENSON – 5 44-90 (.489) 13-17 (.765) 9-30-39

Raptors Siakam – 33 Anunoby – 9 Lowry – 11 52-89 (.584) 13-17 (.765) 6-35-4

MAPLE LEAFS 5, STARS 3–WHAT THEY SAID: “We’ve definitely been starting strong on the road these past couple games. It’s important. When you start a period you want to start ahead. Usually when you score the first goal more often than not you win the game, so the first goal is big.” –ZACH HYMAN.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On the team improving to 20-1-2 when leading after two periods tonight:

I thought we had a real good period there, a good process. Obviously, wouldn’t like to give them a goal back like we did but I thought we started really well, we generated a number of really good scoring chances ourselves and maybe we could have had even more goals, especially early there. And then I just liked how we battled. Getting wins like this on the road, late penalty kill, goalie’s out for a long period of time there like this. Those are tough, tough sequences. You’re relying on a small number of guys to get that done. The guys just found a way.

On the team improving at defending late leads with more experience doing it:

Well, I think that’s part of it, for sure. We’d rather not be in that position. We had a two-goal lead and that’s where we would rather be. You score the first goal in the third period and that puts you in an even better spot. But certainly, if you give it back, then you’ve got to just battle and find a way and limit what you give up on the inside and know that they’re going to have a push, but try to keep it from stuff on the outside that you can block or Freddie can see.

On what he has seen from Matthews of late:

I don’t need to tell you that Auston is a very talented player. He puts himself in good spots. Obviously, today Mitch gave him a puck in a great spot and that’s a world class finish. We’ve become accustomed to seeing that and that’s what he’s capable of doing. When he’s really playing and really skating and when he’s engaged in the game he’s hard to stop.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (31 SAVES)

On how it feels to put two wins together coming out of the All-Star break:

It’s nice. It’s always fun to win. I think we’ve been doing a lot of good things. We’ll look to continue to build on that and keep working at it and, like I said, build off of it.

On what exactly the team has done well these past two games:

Just playing as a group and playing smarter hockey. I think we’ve been good at not giving up too much and controlling the play a lot, going to the net hard and getting some good goals there at big times.

ZACH HYMAN (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On tonight’s game and the importance of each remaining game:

It was good. We knew we need to start getting on the right side of games. Especially coming off of the break, this was a hard-fought win. We really had to earn this one so it’s big. 

On their success getting the first goal of the game on the road:

I think it just happens sometimes like that. We’ve definitely been starting strong on the road these past couple games. It’s important when you start a period you want to start ahead. Usually when you score the first goal more often than not you win the game, so the first goal is big.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On picking up an important two points:

All these games matter. It doesn’t really matter if it’s Western Conference, our conference or our division, all these points matter. They all add up, so we’ve got to make sure we’re taking advantage of these games.

On what he attributes his consistent scoring to:

My linemates. I think we’re just trying to stay consistent each night, just compete out there. We work off each other, make plays and obviously play as much offense as we can. We just want to continue that.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)

On the team’s staying aggressive on offence against a tough defensive team:

Yeah, for sure. We need to keep doing it. We’re chasing in the standings here so we kind of have a playoff push right now. We’ve got to be sharp every game.

On how they generated five goals against the team with the fewest goals against:

I think we play that kind of game where we’re kind of unpredictable. We were able to create a lot of good, solid quality scoring chances, which eventually lead to goals.

On the play that led to Hyman’s goal:

Yeah, that was just a beautiful hockey goal. We were just smiling on the bench when we saw that goal, it was beautiful.

MAPLE LEAFS 5, STARS 3 POSTGAME NOTES: William Nylander scored the fourth Toronto goal at 3:28 of the third period. Nylander has goals (5) in five consecutive games and points (5-3-8) in six consecutive games. He has 14 points (9 goals, 5 assists) in 12 games against Central Division teams this season. He has registered 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 26 road games.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (27-17-7 – 61 Points) vs.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS (22-19-7 – 51 Points)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020

 123OTFINAL
TORONTO1225
DALLAS1113

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Auston Matthews opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 12:18 of the first period and later collected the secondary assist on Zach Hyman’s second period goal. Matthews has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 20th multi-point performance of 2019-20, which is tied for the fifth-most multi-point games among NHL skaters. He has 17 points (9 goals, 8 assists) in 12 games against Central Division opponents.
  • Zach Hyman scored Toronto’s second goal of the night at 4:40 of the second period. Hyman has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games. He has six goals in nine games against Central Division opposition this season. In 10 games during the month of January, he has registered nine points (5-4-9).
  • Tyson Barrie picked up the secondary assist on Matthews’ first period goal before scoring the third Maple Leafs goal of the game at 11:58 of the second period. Barrie has assists (5) and points (1-5-6) in four consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his ninth multi-point performance of the season, which ranks sixth among defencemen. In 26 games against the Stars, Barrie has registered 23 points (6 goals, 17 assists).
  • William Nylander scored the fourth Toronto goal of the night at 3:28 of the third period. Nylander has goals (5) in five consecutive games and points (5-3-8) in six consecutive games. He has 14 points (9 goals, 5 assists) in 12 games against Central Division teams this season. He has registered 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 26 road games.
  • Andreas Johnsson had the secondary assist on Barrie’s second period goal before scoring the fifth Maple Leafs goal of the game into an empty net at 19:57 of the third period. Tonight’s game is Johnsson’s fourth multi-point performance of the season. He has registered six points (3-3-6) in eight games against Central Division teams in 2019-20.
  • Mitch Marner recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ first period goal before picking up the primary assist on Hyman’s second period goal. Marner has assists (4) in three consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 10th multi-assist game of 2019-20, which is tied for the fifth-most among NHL skaters. He has 25 primary assists this season, which ranks seventh among NHL skaters.
  • Kasperi Kapanen registered the primary assist on Barrie’s second period goal. Kapanen has registered 20 (8 goals, 12 assists) of his 29 points on the road this season. He has recorded seven assists in 10 games during the month of January
  • Jake Muzzin recorded the primary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Muzzin’s assist is his first point since returning to the lineup from injury on January 27. He has 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists) in 40 games this season.
  • Alex Kerfoot collected the secondary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Kerfoot has assists (2) in two consecutive games and points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. He has six points (1-5-6) in 10 games during the month of January.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 31 shots to earn his 24th win of 2019-20.

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO12 (12)8 (7)14 (10)34 (29)
DALLAS10 (10)15 (13)9 (6)34 (29)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO21 (21)15 (12)18 (14)54 (47)
DALLAS22 (22)28 (24)21 (14)71 (60)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road15-11-0 (26 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Dallas97-91-28-1 (217 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Dallas on the Road42-53-11-1 (107 Games)
Record vs. Western Conference13-7-2 (22 Games)
Record vs. Central Division7-4-1 (12 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots5 (Muzzin)
Shot Attempts(Holl)
Faceoff Wins11 (Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage67% (Tavares – 8 won, 4 lost)
Hits5 (Hyman)
Blocked Shots(Muzzin, Sandin)
Takeaways(Five players tied)
TOI22:18 (Muzzin)
Power Play TOI1:29 (Barrie)
Shorthanded TOI3:16 (Muzzin)
Shifts28 (Muzzin)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage57.1% (Muzzin – 20 for, 15 against;
Spezza – 4 for, 3 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first19-3-1
Tied after 110-5-3
Lead after 220-1-2
Do not score a power play goal11-11-3
Do not allow a power play goal14-6-3
Even shots with opponent2-1-1
Wednesday3-3-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play tonight.
  • The Maple Leafs scored at least four goals in their eighth consecutive road game, marking the first time in franchise history they’ve done so. They are the first team since Chicago (2016-17) to score at least four goals in eight straight on the road, per NHL Stats.
  • Justin Holl was on the ice for a team-high 23 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Holl had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 51.1 percent (23 for, 22 against).
  • John Tavares won 80 percent (4 won, 1 lost) of his faceoffs when matched up with Dallas centre Tyler Seguin and was 4-for-6 (67%) on the draw in the offensive zone.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Saturday, February 1, 7:00 p.m. vs. Ottawa Senators (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Monday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. vs. Florida Panthers (TSN4, FAN 590)
  • Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m. at New York Rangers (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. vs. Anaheim Ducks (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Saturday, February 8, 7:00 p.m. at Montreal Canadiens (Sportsnet, FAN 590)