NETS AT RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES: Serge Ibaka led the Raptors with 22 points and 10 rebounds for his team-high 15th double-double of the season Friday night. Ibaka has scored in double figures in nine straight games (Jan. 22 – Feb. 7). He is averaging 20.1 points (second on the team) and shooting .605 (75-for-124) from the field during this stretch. Ibaka is the first player in franchise history to make at least six shots from the field while making at least half of his field-goal attempts in nine consecutive contests.

GAME #53 – TORONTO RAPTORS (38-14) vs. BROOKLYN NETS (23-27) SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020 – 7:30 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENA TV: TSN – RADIO: TSN 1050 TORONTO

INJURY REPORT AT 1:30 P.M. SATURDAY

BKN@TOR

Brooklyn Nets Durant, Kevin Out Injury/Illness – Right Achilles; Rehab
Irving, Kyrie Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Sprain
Martin, Jeremiah Out G League – Two-Way
Pinson, Theo Out G League – On Assignment
Temple, Garrett Available Injury/Illness – Left Over Eye; Stitches
Toronto Raptors
Brissett, Oshae Out G League – Two-Way
Gasol, Marc Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Tightness
Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain
Lowry, Kyle Questionable Injury/Illness – Neck; Whiplash
Powell, Norman Out Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Fourth: fracture – metacarpal

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors host the Brooklyn Nets at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday night. This is the third of four meetings between the two teams this season, with Toronto winning the first two games. The Raptors
have won 17 of the last 18 matchups against the Nets, including nine straight games at home. Kyle Lowry is averaging 21.5 points and 5.5 assists in two games vs. Brooklyn this season. The Raptors play at Brooklyn on Wednesday to wrap-up play before the NBA All-Star break.
• The Raptors won their franchise record 13th straight game (Jan. 15 – Feb. 7) Friday night at Indiana. Over the last 13 games, the Raptors are averaging 120.2 points and shooting .501 (576-1149) from the field,
including .399 (188-471) from three point range. Toronto also has a +70 (178-to-248) turnover differential during this stretch and leads the NBA in points per game off turnovers (23.7). The Raptors’ win streak is the longest in Toronto sports history (NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and CFL).
• Rookie Terence Davis ll led the reserves in scoring for the third consecutive game (Feb. 2-7) with 17 points in 25 minutes Friday night against the Pacers. Davis has scored in double digits each of the last
three games, averaging 19.7 points (third on the team) during this span. He is the only Raptor to appear in every game this season and currently ranks second among all rookies with a .420 three-point percentage.
• Serge Ibaka led the Raptors with 22 points and 10 rebounds for his team-high 15th double-double of the season Friday night. Ibaka has scored in double figures in nine straight games (Jan. 22 – Feb. 7). He is averaging 20.1 points (second on the team) and shooting .605 (75-for-124) from the field during this
stretch. Ibaka is the first player in franchise history to make at least six shots from the field while making at least half of his field-goal attempts in nine consecutive contests.
• On Friday night, Kyle Lowry passed Vince Carter (9,420) for third on the Raptors’ all-time scoring list. DeMar DeRozan is the franchise’s all-time leader in points (13,296), followed by Chris Bosh (10,275).
• The Raptors have not lost games on consecutive days since Dec. 26–27, 2017 (at Dallas and Oklahoma City). Toronto has played 29 pairs of games on back-to-back days since then (not including the current
back-to-back set), sweeping both games 11 times and splitting 18 times.
• Nick Nurse and his staff will coach Team Giannis at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago. Nurse will become just the third active head coach to coach in the All-Star Game in their first or second year as an NBA head coach, joining Steve Kerr (first year) and Mike Budenholzer (second year) – both in 2015.
Kyle Lowry has been named a reserve for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. Lowry will participate in his sixth All-Star Game (2015-20), the most in franchise history. He is the first player in NBA history to be selected to at least six All-Star teams after not being picked in any of his first eight seasons. Lowry will join forward Pascal Siakam in Chicago, who was voted a starter. Siakam’s selection extends a streak of six consecutive years that a Raptor has been voted into the starting five – Lowry (2015, 2016), DeMar DeRozan (2017,
2018) and Kawhi Leonard (2019). It also marks the fifth straight year (2016-20) two players will represent Toronto in the All-Star Game.


POSSIBLE STARTERS


G – OG ANUNOBY #3


MIN: 29.0 REB: 5.3 AST: 1.5 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 10.2


• Totaled 16 points, three rebounds and a career high-tying five steals in 28 minutes Feb. 7 at Indiana.
• Toronto is 20-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points.
• Averaging a career-high 10.2 points and shooting a career-best .492 from the field this season.


F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 34.9 REB: 7.6 AST: 3.4 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.5 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 23.5
• Finished with 15 points, four rebounds and one block in 35 minutes Feb. 7 at Indiana.


• Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (23.5) and 12th in +/- rating (+305).
• Has scored 30+ points 12 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.


C – SERGE IBAKA #9

MIN: 26.9 REB: 8.0 AST: 1.4 STL: 0.6 TO: 2.0 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 16.0


• Recorded team highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds in 40 minutes Feb. 7 at Indiana.
• Averaging 19.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 31.8 minutes in 19 games as a starter this season.
• Is the only player in NBA history with 500+ three-point field goals and 1,500+ blocks.


G – KYLE LOWRY #7

MIN: 36.4 REB: 4.6 AST: 7.4 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.8 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 19.6


• Posted his ninth double-double with 16 points and a game-high 11 assists in 28 minutes Feb. 7 at Indiana before leaving game late in third quarter with whip lash. Listed as questionable at 1:30 p.m. Saturday..


• Passed Vince Carter (9,420) for third on the franchise’s all-time scoring against the Pacers.
• Tied for eighth in the NBA in assists per game (7.4); has dished out 10+ assists nine times.


G – FRED VANVLEET #23

MIN: 36.0 REB: 3.9 AST: 7.0 STL: 2.0 TO: 2.2 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 17.7


• Totaled 20 points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals in 41 minutes Feb. 7 at Indiana.
• Ranks fourth in the NBA in steals per game (1.95); has registered multiple steals in 21 games.
• Has totaled 43 assists, compared to 10 turnovers, over the last five games (Jan. 30 – Feb. 7).


INJURY REPORT
Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; tightness) – Out
Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out
Kyle Lowy (Neck: whiplash) – Questionable
Norman Powell (Left hand; fourth metacarpal – fracture) – Out

SERIES RECAP VS. BROOKLYN

OVERALL HOME ROAD

2019-20 2-0 1-0 1-0

ALL-TIME 55-40 32-15 23-25

STREAKS Won 5 Won 9 Won 2

LAST WIN: January 4, 2020 (121-102)

LAST HOME WIN: December 14, 2019 (110-102)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +37, November 2, 2007

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -25, January 15, 1996

LAST TIME VS. BROOKLYN

GAME 36 – JANUARY 4, 2020 TORONTO 121, BROOKLYN 102

BROOKLYN — Fred VanVleet had 29 points and 11 assists, Lowry scored 26 points and the Raptors beat the Nets 121-102 … Serge Ibaka finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds … Toronto started slow, but got back into it with a big finish to the first half before their guards — who both hit five three pointers — carried them in the second half for another win in what’s been a one-sided rivalry … Toronto made 13 three pointers and beat Brooklyn for the 17th time in 18 meetings … Spencer Dinwiddie scored 23 points for the Nets, who dropped their fifth straight … They had a 16-point lead in the second quarter, but gave almost all of it away by halftime … Caris LeVert returned after a 24-game absence following right thumb surgery and scored 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench … The Nets shot 61 per cent in the first quarter and were six of 10 from 3-point range to open a 33-24 lead … Toronto scored the final 12 points of the second to trim the Net’s lead to 52-48 … Brooklyn had 16 turnovers in the half, leading to 20 points … VanVleet then scored 14 in the third to keep Toronto ahead until it went into the fourth leading 83-80 … Lowry’s three pointer with 9:08 to play triggered a 15-5 spurt that turned a two-point lead into a 100-88 cushion midway through the period.

1 2 3 4 TOT

TORONTO 24 24 35 38 121

BROOKLYN 33 19 28 22 102

NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Minnesota Timberwolves Date: Monday, February 10 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto

SERIES RECAP VS. MINNESOTA

OVERALL HOME ROAD

2019-20 1-0 0-0 1-0

ALL-TIME 32-15 21-3 11-12

STREAKS Won 4 Won 15 Won 2

LAST WIN: January 18, 2020 (122-112)

LAST HOME WIN: October 24, 2018 (112-105)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +23, February 10, 2008

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -32, March 19, 2002

LAST TIME VS. MINNESOTA

GAME 42 – JANUARY 18, 2020 TORONTO 122, MINNESOTA 112

MINNEAPOLIS — Fred VanVleet led Toronto with 29 points as the Raptors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-112 on Saturday night … Kyle Lowry added 28 points and seven assists while Norman Powell scored 20 points off the bench for the Raptors, who have won three straight games … Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins recorded his first career triple-double … He had 18 points, a career-high 11 assists and 10 rebounds … Rookie Jarrett Culver had 26 points for the Timberwolves … VanVleet’s injury sidelined him for five games before Saturday … He was 11 of 16 from the field and 7 of 8 from 3-point range … VanVleet scored 10 points in the fourth quarter … Toronto took a five-point lead into the fourth quarter thanks in large part to Lowry’s efforts in the third … Lowry scored 17 points in the quarter to erase a four-point halftime deficit … The Raptors pushed the lead to as many as 22 in the fourth … Serge Ibaka and Powell each had six points off the bench during a 21-6 stretch to open the period … Minnesota got big first quarters from Wiggins and Culver … Wiggins had 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting and added five assists in the quarter … Culver led Minnesota with 14 points in the first, including 4 of 6 from deep.

1 2 3 4 TOT

TORONTO 32 26 31 33 122

MINNESOTA 39 23 22 28 112

FRIDAY’S GAME

GAME 52 – FEBRUARY 7, 2020 TORONTO 115, INDIANA 106

INDIANAPOLIS — Two days after rallying from a 19-point deficit to extend their franchise-record winning streak, the short-handed Raptors beat Indiana 115-106 for their 13th consecutive victory … Toronto has been winning without Marc Gasol and Norman Powell, two key players who are injured … Kyle Lowry missed the final 14 and a half minutes with a whiplash injury … The Raptors beat the Pacers for the second time in three days and head home with their 10th consecutive road victory … Serge Ibaka scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds … Fred VanVleet added 20 points and seven assists for Toronto, which hasn’t lost since Jan. 15 … Lowry finished with 16 points and 11 assists, his ninth double-double of the season … Domantas Sabonis finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Pacers, and Victor Oladipo added 15 points and four assists in his first home start since returning from an injured right knee … Indiana has lost a season-high four in a row … Toronto had a 12-3 run in the third quarter which contributed to an 87-78 lead … When Lowry left with 2:42 to go in the third, the Pacers closed out the quarter with five straight points, cutting the deficit to four … The Pacers got as close as 101-99 with 6:47 left before Terence Davis scored seven points in a 12-4 spurt that gave Toronto a 113-103 lead with 1:48 to go.

1 2 3 4 TOT

TORONTO 36 28 23 28 115

INDIANA 31 32 20 23 106


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