RAPTORS-CELTICS PREGAME NOTES

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors finish a six-game road trip (Feb. 2-11), their longest in the first half, with the second game of a back-to-back set Thursday night when they visit the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. The Raptors have won five of their last six games and are 4-1 on their current road trip. After starting the 2020-21 campaign with one win in seven games, Toronto has an opportunity against the Celtics to get back to .500 (12-13) for the first time this season. The Raptors play 10-of-15 games on the road in February.
• The Raptors announced today that they will finish the 2020-21 season in Tampa, Florida. Because of ongoing border restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and mindful of public safety measures in Canada, the team has decided they will continue to play their home games at Amalie Arena.
Norman Powell scored nine of his game-high 28 points in the first quarter last night at Washington. Powell has now scored 20+ points in eight of his last nine games played (Jan. 22 – Feb. 10). He is averaging a team-high 23.4 points, while shooting .507 (74-146) from the field, .475 (29-61) from beyond the arc
and .872 (34-39) at the free throw line during this stretch. Since Jan. 22, Powell ranks sixth in the NBA averaging 9.1 points in the first quarter.
• The Raptors have tied a franchise record with 120+ points in five straight games (Feb. 2-10). Toronto is averaging 126.4 points and shooting .494 (221-447) from the floor, inlcuding .462 (85-184) from three-point
range, over the last five. The Raptors have three players averaging 20+ points during the current streak – Fred VanVleet (27.2), Pascal Siakam (23.6) and Norman Powell (23.6). The last time Toronto scored 120+ points in five consecutive games was Nov. 21-29, 2018.
Chris Boucher posted his career-high third straight double-double (Feb. 6-10), and team high-tying seventh of the season, last night at Washington. Boucher finished with 17 points and a career-best 16 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench against the Wizards. Over the last three games, he is averaging 19.3
points and 12.0 rebounds. Boucher is just the second player in franchise history to record three consecutive double-doubles as a reserve, joining Donyell Marshall (March 9-13, 2005).
Kyle Lowry needs six rebounds to pass Amir Johnson (2,836) for fourth on the franchise’s career rebounds list and is nine away from passing Antonio Davis (2,839) for third. Lowry ranks first in Raptors history in assists (4,084) and third in scoring (10,126). Only three active players are inside the top-three all-time for a team in scoring, rebounds and assists, but none of those players are currently with that team; LeBron James (Cleveland), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) and Marc Gasol (Memphis).
Fred VanVleet (20.4) and Chris Boucher (13.9) rank second and third, respectively, in scoring among undrafted players this season – behind only Christian Wood (22.0). VanVleet’s franchise record 54 points Feb. 2 at Orlando was the most points scored by an undrafted player in NBA history.

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