• The Toronto Raptors continue a three-game road trip (Feb. 16-19) with their second straight game against the Bucks in Milwaukee on Thursday night. The Raptors visit Minnesota on Friday. This is Toronto’s fourth ‘series’ of the season where a team scheduled to play twice in one market, has those games scheduled to be played consecutively. The Raptors are 5-2 in ‘series’ games, which includes a two-game sweep over Charlotte (H) and splits with both Miami (H) and Indiana (A). Toronto also swept back-to-back games with
Orlando, however it was a home-and-away set.
• The Raptors are 5-3 in the month of February. Toronto ranks fourth in the NBA averaging 121.8 points this month, and third shooting .420 (121-288) from beyond the arc. The Raptors have scored 120+ points six
times in February after reaching this mark just twice in their first 20 games of the season.
• Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 33 points and seven assists in Tuesday’s victory vs. Milwaukee. VanVleet has scored 30+ points in five games this season, something he did four times in his first four NBA seasons combined. Toronto is 4-1 this season when he scores at least 30 points.
• OG Anunoby returned to the lineup Tuesday at Milwaukee after missing the previous 10 games (Jan. 27 -Feb. 14) due to a strained left calf. Anunoby has scored 10+ points in a career-high 10 straight games played (Jan. 10 – Feb. 16). He is averaging 16.4 points, while shooting .518 (58-112) from the field
and .561 (32-57) from three-point range, during this streak.
• All five Toronto starters scored in double figures Tuesday night, combining for 98 points against the Bucks. It marked the first time since Jan. 27, also vs. Milwaukee, the Raptors had all five starters in double digits.
• Chris Boucher recorded five blocks Tuesday against the Bucks. Boucher has now blocked at least five shots in four games this season, including a career-high seven rejections Dec. 26 at San Antonio. Boucher
currently ranks fourth in the NBA averaging 2.11 blocks.
• Fred VanVleet (20.4) and Chris Boucher (13.6) rank second and fourth, respectively, in scoring among undrafted players this season. VanVleet’s franchise record 54 points Feb. 2 at Orlando was the most points scored by an undrafted player in NBA history, while Boucher leads all reserves in the NBA this season with seven double-doubles off the bench.
• Kyle Lowry passed Amir Johnson (2,836) for fourth and Antonio Davis (2,839) for third on the franchise’s career rebounds list Tuesday against the Bucks. Lowry already ranks first in Raptors history in assists (4,100) and third in scoring (10,192). Only three other 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).