SUNS AT RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES: Toronto’s 40-15 record after 55 games is the best in franchise history. The Raptors reached 40 wins prior to the All-Star break for the third consecutive year. Toronto has won at least 51 games each of the last four seasons (2015-19) after not reaching 50 wins in any of their first 20 seasons in the NBA.


PHX@TOR Phoenix Suns Ayton, Deandre Probable Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Soreness
Baynes, Aron Probable Injury/Illness – Left Hip; Soreness
Harper, Jared Out G League – Two-Way
Kaminsky, Frank Out Injury/Illness – Right Patella; Stress Fracture
Lecque, Jalen Out G League – On Assignment
Okobo, Elie Probable Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
Owens, Tariq Out G League – Two-Way
Saric, Dario Probable Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
Toronto Raptors Brissett, Oshae Available – Gasol, Marc Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Strain
Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain
McCaw, Patrick Doubtful Injury/Illness – Illness; Flu-like symptoms
Powell, Norman Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Fourth – metacarpal fracture
Watson, Paul Out G League – Two-Way


• The Toronto Raptors return from the NBA All-Star break Friday night when they host the Phoenix Suns at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto has swept back-to-back season-series against Phoenix. Serge Ibaka averaged 18.0 points in two games against the Suns last season, while Kyle Lowry averaged a double-double with 13.5 points and 10.0 assists. The Raptors had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss Feb. 12 at Brooklyn.

• Toronto begins the unofficial second half of the season with a four-game homestand (Feb. 21-28). The Raptors have won seven in a row at Scotiabank Arena, their second longest home winning streak of the season. Toronto opened the season with nine straight victories at Scotiabank Arena. Over the last seven home games, Toronto is averaging 125.9 points and is shooting .519 (326-628) form the field, including .423 (107-253) from three-point distance.

• With a victory Friday night over Phoenix, the Raptors would guarantee a winning record for the month of February. 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).

• Kyle Lowry recorded his 16th career triple-double, and 14th in a Raptors uniform, Feb. 12 at Brooklyn. He finished with 12 points and team highs of 12 assists and 11 rebounds against the Nets. Lowry’s 14 tripledoubles are more than all other Raptors combined (12). The last player to record a triple-double for Toronto other than Lowry was Jose Calderon on Dec. 16, 2012 vs. Houston.

• The Raptors have finished with fewer turnovers than their opponent in each of the last 16 games (Jan. 15 – Feb. 12) – the longest streak in franchise history. Toronto has a +79 (218-to-297) turnover differential during this stretch and leads the NBA in points per game off turnovers (22.5). The Raptors are 33-9 this season when recording fewer turnovers than their opponent in a game.

• Serge Ibaka scored a game-high 28 points in the loss to Brooklyn last Wednesday. Ibaka has now scored 20+ points in six of his last eight games played (Jan. 28 – Feb. 12). He is averaging a team-high 22.4 points during this span, while shooting 61 per cent (72-118) from the floor. Ibaka has now scored 20 or more 15 times this season, something he did 16 times in 74 games last season.

• Toronto’s 40-15 record after 55 games is the best in franchise history. The Raptors reached 40 wins prior to the All-Star break for the third consecutive year. Toronto has won at least 51 games each of the last four seasons (2015-19) after not reaching 50 wins in any of their first 20 seasons in the NBA.

• The Raptors outscored Brooklyn 22-11 on the fast-break last Wednesday. Toronto ranks second in the NBA in fast break points per game (18.7), behind only Milwaukee (19.0). Pascal Siakam ranks fifth among all players averaging 4.1 fast break points, while Fred VanVleet is 12th at 3.6 fast-break points per game.

• Kyle Lowry is two games shy of tying Morris Peterson (542) for second on the Raptors’ all-time games played list. DeMar DeRozan is the franchise leader with 675 appearances in a Raptors uniform.



MIN: 29.1 REB: 5.4 AST: 1.5 STL: 1.2 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 10.2

• Scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in 32 minutes Feb. 12 at Brooklyn. • Toronto is 21-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Averaging a career-high 10.2 points and shooting a career-best .499 from the field this season.


MIN: 35.0 REB: 7.5 AST: 3.5 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.4 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 23.5

• Totaled 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes Feb. 12 at Brooklyn. • Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (23.7); averaging 22.0 points (Feb. 5-12) over the last five games. • Has scored 30+ points 13 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.


MIN: 27.2 REB: 8.0 AST: 1.4 STL: 0.6 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 16.1

• Scored a game-high 28 points and collected nine rebounds in 35 minutes Feb. 12 at Brooklyn. • Averaging 19.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 32.0 minutes in 21 games as a starter this season. • First player in NBA history with 500+ three-point field goals and 1,500+ blocks.


MIN: 36.5 REB: 4.7 AST: 7.6 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.9 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 19.6

• Posted his second triple-double of the season with 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds Feb. 12 at Brooklyn. • Passed Vince Carter (9,420) for third on the franchise’s all-time scoring list Feb. 7 at Indiana. • Ranks eighth in the NBA in assists per game (7.6); has dished out 10+ assists 11 times


MIN: 36.0 REB: 3.7 AST: 6.8 STL: 1.9 TO: 2.3 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 18.0

• Finished with 22 points, two rebounds and one assist in 39 minutes Feb. 12 at Brooklyn. • Ranks fourth in the NBA in steals per game (1.91); has registered multiple steals in 22 games. • Has scored 20+ points in three of the last four games (Feb. 7-12); averaging 21.8 points during this stretch.

INJURY REPORT Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; tightness) – Out Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out Patrick McCaw (Flu-like symptoms) – Doubtful Norman Powell (Left hand; fourth metacarpal – fracture) – Doubtful.


Opponent: Phoenix Suns Date: Friday, February 21 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: TSN Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN



2-0 1-0 1-0 ALL-TIME 16-29 8-14 8-15

STREAKS Won 4 Won 2 Won 2

LAST WIN: January 17, 2019 (111-109)

LAST HOME WIN: January 17, 2019 (111-109)


LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -20, February 27, 2009


GAME 47 – JANUARY 17, 2019 TORONTO 111, PHOENIX 109

TORONTO – Pascal Siakam scored the winning basket just before time expired and the Toronto Raptors beat the Phoenix Suns 111-109 … Serge Ibaka put Toronto up 109-107 on a hook shot with 47 seconds left, but Mikal Bridges tied it with a pair of free throws with 13 seconds remaining … Toronto gave the ball to Siakam, whose driving shot bounced off the backboard and fell through the rim as time ran out … Siakam had 10 points and 12 rebounds, Ibaka scored 22 points and Kyle Lowry had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who have won eight straight at home and six of seven overall … Devin Booker scored 30 points, Deandre Ayton had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 18 for the Suns … Fred VanVleet had 15 points and C.J. Miles returned after missing three of the previous four games because of a sore right hip to score 13 as Toronto swept back-to-back season series against Phoenix for the first time … Kawhi Leonard (rest) sat as the Raptors played the second game of a back-to-back … Lowry was originally expected to rest, but told coach Nick Nurse he wanted to play as he works is way back into shape after missing time with a sore back … The Raptors are an NBAbest 8-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season … Lowry finished with eight assists, giving him 5,002 for his career.

1 2 3 4 TOT

PHOENIX 20 29 29 31 109

TORONTO 32 25 20 34 111

NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Indiana Pacers Date: Sunday, February 23 Tip-Off: 6 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet One Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto



2-1 1-0 1-1 ALL-TIME 42-49 28-18 14-31

STREAKS Won 2 Won 12 Won 1

LAST WIN: February 7, 2020 (115-106)

LAST HOME WIN: February 5, 2020 (119-118)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +25, March 19, 2017

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -29, April 8, 2009


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

GAME 55 – FEBRUARY 12, 2020 BROOKLYN 101 , TORONTO 91 BROOKLYN — The Toronto Raptors had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets … The Raptors couldn’t find the form that helped them average 121.2 points and shoot 50 per cent over the previous 15 games … This time, they hit only 37.8 per cent, with Kyle Lowry’s triple-double coming on a night when the point guard was just 4 for 13 … Serge Ibaka had 28 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors … Fred VanVleet scored 22 points and Lowry had 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds … Caris LeVert scored 20 points for the Nets, who ended a six-game losing streak against the Raptors … Harris added 19 points and Spencer Dinwiddie had 17 points and nine assists for the Nets, who head into the break 25-28 after having Kyrie Irving for just 20 games … The Nets extended a 10-point lead after three quarters to 80-65 … Ibaka made a three-pointer and VanVleet converted a three-point play to cut it to 91-82 with 4:13 remaining, but LeVert made consecutive baskets to quickly push the lead back into double figures … The Nets scored the first seven points of the second quarter to open a 3019 lead … The Raptors had the deficit down to six in the final minute of the period, but the Nets made it 52-40 at halftime … Toronto’s 15-game run was the longest winning streak ever snapped by the Nets.

1 2 3 4 TOT

TORONTO 19 21 25 26 91

BROOKLYN 23 29 23 26 101


TORONTO – OG Anunoby scored a career-high 25 points and matched his career best with 12 rebounds, Kyle Lowry had 27 points and 11 assists, and the Raptors extended their franchise-record winning streak to 15 by beating the Timberwolves 137-126 … Pascal Siakam scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had a seasonhigh 21 and Fred VanVleet added 16 as the Raptors won their 16th straight home meeting with Minnesota … D’Angelo Russell scored 22 points in his Minnesota debut and Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 10 rebounds, but the Timberwolves couldn’t build on Saturday’s surprise victory over the Clippers that snapped a 13-game losing streak … Jarrett Culver, Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez scored 15 apiece for the Timberwolves, who have lost five straight against Toronto … Minnesota trailed 106-94 through three quarters but former Raptor James Johnson made two 3-pointers as the Timberwolves opened the fourth with a 12-2 run, cutting it to 108-106 with 9:07 left … That was as close as Minnesota would get … Chris Boucher and Siakam scored to push Toronto’s lead back to six points, and VanVleet and Patrick McCaw hit 3-pointers on either side of Towns’ free throw to make it 120-109 with 5:28 remaining.

1 2 3 4 TOT

MINNESOTA 36 39 19 32 126

TORONTO 40 34 32 31 137


LAST GAME’S STARTERS (Record when using this starting lineup: 1-0)

F 3 KELLY OUBRE JR. 6-7 203

LAST GAME: Scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes in win vs. GSW LAST VS. TOR: Scored 18 points and had 9 rebounds off bench on 1/17 last season + Has scored 10+ in 22 straight, averaging 21.2 pts on 46.8 FG%, 40.7 3P% plus 7.7 reb… NBA Ranks: 1.25 spg (31st), 34.4 mpg (t-24th)

F 25 MIKAL BRIDGES 6-6 209

LAST GAME: Scored 14 points on 6-12 FG and 2-4 3P plus 3 steals and 1 block vs. GSW LAST VS. TOR: Scored 15 points with 5 rebounds and 4 assists on 1/17 last season + Averaging 10.9 points (50.9 FG%, 45.7 3P%), 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.5 3P in 14 starts this season… NBA Ranks: 1.47 spg (16th)

C 14 CHEICK DIALLO 6-8 219

LAST GAME: Made 2nd straight start, scoring 10 points on 5-6 FG plus 8 rebounds vs. GSW LAST VS. TOR: With NOP, posted DD with 16 points and 12 rebounds on 3/8 last season + Made first 2 starts of season over last 2, averaging 12.5 points on 12-15 FG (80.0%)… He had 1 career start prior to these last 2 games (3/26/2019 with New Orleans vs. ATL)

G 1 DEVIN BOOKER 6-5 206

LAST GAME: Led Suns with 27 points, also dishing out 8 assists in win vs. GSW LAST VS. TOR: Led Suns with 30 points and 8 assists in 2-point loss on 1/17 last season + Posting career highs this season in FG% and FT%… NBA Ranks: 26.4 ppg (10th), 6.3 apg (19th), 49.6 FG% (30th), 92.0 FT% (2nd), 35.9 mpg (7th)

G 11 RICKY RUBIO 6-3 190

LAST GAME: Led Suns with 9 assists, also recording 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals vs. GSW LAST VS. TOR: With UTA, had 14 points and 8 assists on 1/1 last season + His 8.6 assists per game are the most by a Suns player since Steve Nash averaged 10.7 in 2011-12… NBA Ranks: 8.6 apg (4th), 1.36 spg (21st)

Injury Report Statuses TBD Injury Report Statuses TBD Deandre Ayton (left ankle soreness) has missed last 2 games Dario Šarić (left ankle sprain) has missed last 7 games Aron Baynes (left hip soreness) has missed last 13 games Frank Kaminsky III (right patella stress fracture) has missed last 22 games Jared Harper (2W), Jalen Lecque (A), Tariq Owens (2W) are with G League LAST GAME INACTIVES: Baynes, Harper, Kaminsky, Šarić .

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