Raptors-Heat pregame notes

• The Toronto Raptors continue a five-game homestand (Jan. 14-22) Wednesday night when they host the Miami Heat at Amalie Arena in Tampa. The Raptors have won three in a row. Toronto and Miami will also
play each other Friday as part of the NBA’s “series” model aimed to reduce travel this season. The Raptors swept their first “series” last week vs. Charlotte. Toronto is scheduled to play three more “series” in the first
half: Jan. 24-25 at Indiana, Feb. 16 & Feb. 18 at Milwaukee and Feb. 21 & Feb. 23 vs. Philadelphia.
Kyle Lowry needs 22 points to join DeMar DeRozan (13,296) and Chris Bosh (10,275) as the only players in franchise history to score 10,000 career points. Golden State’s Steph Curry (16,786) and Klay Thompson (11,995), Portland’s Damian Lillard (15,281), Washington’s Bradley Beal (11,774) and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (10,955) are the only active players with 10,000 points with their current team. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in three-pointer made (1,423), assists (4,024) and steals (840).
Fred VanVleet has made at least one three-pointer in a franchise record 45 consecutive games (Dec. 20, 2019 – Jan. 18, 2021), passing the previous record of 38 games set by C.J. Miles (Dec. 10, 2017 – Mar. 15, 2018). VanVleet and Kyle Lowry lead the Raptors with 44 and 36 three-point field goals, respectively, this season. The duo has combined to shoot .374 (80-for-214) from beyond the arc through 13 games.
• During Toronto’s win Monday night vs. Dallas, the Raptors held the Mavericks to zero fast-break points. It was the first time Toronto held an opponent without a fast-break point since Oct. 30, 2017 at Portland. The
Raptors currently rank sixth in the NBA holding opponents to 8.7 fast-break points per game. On the offensive end, Toronto leads the NBA averaging 17.1 fast-break points. Kyle Lowry is averaging a team-high 5.3 points on the fast-break this season.
• Toronto’s bench has contributed 52.7 points and 18.3 rebounds during the team’s current three-game winning streak, including 55 points each of the last two games (Jan. 16-18). Chris Boucher, Norman Powell and Stanley Johnson have combined to average 45.3 points over the last three contests, shooting .586 (44-75) from the field, .475 (19-40) from three-point range and .852 (29-34) at the free throw line. The trio has also combined for 47 rebounds and 11 blocks during this stretch.
Chris Boucher scored 21 points Monday vs. the Mavericks. Boucher has now tied the franchise record for consecutive 15-point games off the bench with six (Jan. 8-18). He’s just the fourth Raptor to accomplish this feat, joining Jalen Rose, Lou Williams (twice), and most recently, Norman Powell (Jan. 15-24, 2020). Boucher has scored 15+ points eight times overall, already surpassing last season’s total of seven games. He is averaging team highs of 20.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks over the last six games
(Jan. 8-18) with three double-doubles.
• The Raptors waived centre Alex Len on Tuesday. Len appeared in seven games this season

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