Nuggets players who scored 50 or more points in a regular-season game — The Denver Post

Here’s a look at every single 50-plus-point performance by a Nuggets player during a regular-season game.

Nuggets players who scored 50 or more points in a regular-season game — The Denver Post

Spring training: Giants sell out of tickets for Cactus League games at Scottsdale Stadium — East Bay Times

Fans hoping to attend a Giants home game during spring training won’t find any tickets available at Scottsdale Stadium or on the team’s website. A team spokesperson told the Bay Area News Group the Giants offered tickets to spring training season-ticket holders last week and then placed a small number of remaining tickets for home…

Spring training: Giants sell out of tickets for Cactus League games at Scottsdale Stadium — East Bay Times

Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez impresses in first live BP of spring — Boston Herald

Eduardo Rodriguez threw to live hitters for the first time this spring on Tuesday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, a significant step for the Red Sox left-hander after missing the 2020 season due to myocarditis. Red Sox manager Alex Cora was impressed with how Rodriguez looked during his live session, saying he saw much…

Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez impresses in first live BP of spring — Boston Herald

76ers at Raptors pregame notes

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors play the second of consecutive games against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet each had 23 points as the Raptors beat Philadelphia 110-103 on Sunday for their season-high fourth straight victory. After starting the 2020-21 season with one win in seven games, the Raptors are above .500 for the first time.
• The Raptors have won 16 straight games at home against the Sixers. Since 2013-14, Toronto is 25-5 vs. Philadelphia during the regular season.
• This is Toronto’s fifth and final ‘series’ in the first half where a team scheduled to play twice in one market, has those games scheduled to be played consecutively. The Raptors are 7-2 in ‘series’ games, which
includes sweeps over Charlotte (H) and Milwaukee (A) and splits with Miami (H) and Indiana (A). Toronto also swept consecutive games with Orlando, however it was a home-and-away set.
Fred VanVleet is averaging career highs of 20.1 points, 6.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds this season. He leads the NBA in total steals (53) and deflections (117), and is tied for second with 39 loose balls recovered. VanVleet could become the first undrafted all-star since Ben Wallace in 2006. Toronto has had at
least one all-star selected for seven straight seasons, with two Raptors going each of the last five years.
• The Raptors (8-3) have the best record in Eastern Conference in February. Toronto is averaging 116.4 points and shooting .473 (452-956) from the field, including .401 (159-397) from three-point range this month. The trio of Fred VanVleet (22.5), Pascal Siakam (22.0) and Norman Powell (21.5) lead the Raptors on the offensive end, combining to average 66.1 points in February. Two of Toronto’s three losses this month have come on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Pascal Siakam recorded 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists Feb. 21 vs. Philadelphia. Siakam has now recorded five or more assists in a career-high five straight games (Feb. 14-21). He is averaging 6.2 assists and has a 3.10 assists-per-turnover ratio (31-to-10) during this stretch. Siakam has dished out
double-digit assists twice this season, including a career-high 12 Jan. 8 at Sacramento.
Kyle Lowry missed his third straight game (Feb. 18-21), and sixth of the season, Sunday vs. Philadelphia due to a left thumb sprain. Lowry injured the thumb in the first quarter Feb. 16 at Milwaukee. The Raptors
are 6-0 this season without Lowry in the lineup and 18-2 dating back to the start of last season.
Chris Boucher led the reserves with 17 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, in Sunday’s victory over the Sixers. He also matched a career high with five three-point field goals. Boucher has scored 15+ points
12 times this season and leads the NBA with seven double-doubles off the bench.

76ERS-RAPTORS: Philadelphia is 20-11 this season and in first place in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 16-15 on the season, sitting fifth
in the East. It’s the third of three meetings between the two teams during the First Half of the 2020-21 season. The season series is tied 1-1.
 Dec. 29, 2020: Philadelphia defeated Toronto, 100-93, at home.
o JOEL EMBIID led the 76ers with a stat-stuffing night, including 29 points (14-16 FT), 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals and
two blocks. TOBIAS HARRIS also tallied 20-plus points with 26 (11-20 FG), adding 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and
two blocks.
 Feb. 21, 2021: Philadelphia fell to Toronto, 110-103, on the road.
o BEN SIMMONS led the 76ers with 28 points (9-11 FG, 10-14 FT) and added nine rebounds and five assists in the loss.
Toronto’s CHRIS BOUCHER tied a career high with five three-pointers as he scored a bench-high 17 points, while FRED
VANVLEET and PASCAL SIAKAM tied for the team high with 23 points each.
RAPTORS TAKE FIRST OF TWO: The 76ers fell to the Raptors, 110-103, in the first of consecutive meetings at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
Toronto won the second half, 58-48, en route to the seven-point victory.
 BEN’S BACK: Ben Simmons returned to the lineup, following a two-game absence, and led the team in scoring with 28 points (9-11 FG,
10-14 FT). He also added nine rebounds and five assists in his 39 minutes of action.
o It was Simmons’ fifth 20-point game of the season, and his second consecutive game leading the team in scoring. Each of his
20-point games have come since Jan. 23 at Detroit. In 12 games over that span, he’s averaging 19.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and
7.6 assists, while shooting .623 from the field and .711 from the free-throw line (NBA.com/stats).
o For the season, Simmons is one of five players (two in the East), averaging 15-8-7 in points, rebounds and assists. The only
other Eastern Conference player with such averages is Washington’s RUSSELL WESTBROOK, and the others are Western
Conference All-Star starters LUKA DONČIĆ, LEBRON JAMES and NIKOLA JOKIĆ (NBA.com/stats).
o Simmons’ .572 mark from the field for the season ranks 11th in the NBA, while his .671 mark from the free-throw line
represents a career high (NBA.com/stats).
 25… AGAIN: Joel Embiid turned in his 17th double-double of the season with 25 points (12-14 FT) and a season-high-tying 17 rebounds
(now done three times). He also added a pair of blocks shots in his 36 minutes. Embiid is tied with Miami’s BAM ADEBAYO and
Phoenix’s DEANDRE AYTON for 10th in the NBA with 17 double-doubles, while his average of 11.3 rebounds per game ranks eighth in
the league (NBA.com/stats).
o Embiid has now scored 25-or-more points in 14 consecutive games, dating back to Jan. 20 vs. Boston. The only 76er ever with
a longer such streak is Hall of Famer ALLEN IVERSON, who had three streaks of 15 such games and a franchise-best 27-
gamer (Elias Sports Bureau).
o During the streak, Embiid is averaging 34.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks over 14 contests. He’s
the only player in the league posting 30-10-3 per game over that span (NBA.com/stats).
o Embiid has tallied 34 rebounds over the last two games, posting a season-high 17 in each outing. It’s the eighth time in his
career he’s collected 17-or-more rebounds in consecutive games. The only other 76ers to do so since the 1990-91 season are
SAMUEL DALEMBERT (one streak), CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON (once), ARMEN GILLIAM (once) and Hall of Famers
DIKEMBE MUTOMBO (once) and CHARLES BARKLEY (once) (Stathead).
o He connected on 12 of his 14 free-throw attempts, giving him 249 for the season, which is second in the NBA only to Atlanta’s
TRAE YOUNG (254). Embiid leads the NBA in both free throws made (10.0) and attempted (11.7) per game
(NBA.com/stats).
 Embiid’s average of 10.0 free throws made per game is currently the seventh-best mark in NBA history, per
Stathead. No 76er have ever averaged more than 10 free throws per game for a full season.
 DANNY SWIPES: DANNY GREEN totaled a game-high five steals, adding nine points via three three-pointers against the Raptors. The
five steals matched a career high for Green, the fourth time he’s tallied five takeaways in a game. The three other occasions all came
while with San Antonio (Dec. 28, 2014, Nov. 25, 2013 and March 16, 2012), per Stathead. Green leads the team with 70 threes and is third with 36 steals. He’s one of nine players in the league with at least 70 threes
and 35 steals, joining New Orleans’ LONZO BALL, Indiana’s MALCOLM BROGDON and JUSTIN HOLIDAY, Utah’s MIKE CONLEY, Golden State’s STEPHEN CURRY, Milwaukee’s KHRIS MIDDLETON, Charlotte’s TERRY ROZIER and Toronto’s FRED VANVLEET (Stathead).

Pau Gasol says he’s going home, signing again with Barcelona — FOX40

BARCELONA (AP) — Pau Gasol is going home, announcing Tuesday that he will sign to play with FC Barcelona again and rejoin the franchise with which he started his professional basketball career more than 20 years ago. The Spaniard has previously said he wants to play in his fifth Olympic Games but that he needs […]

Pau Gasol says he’s going home, signing again with Barcelona — FOX40

Red Sox’ J.D. Martinez: ‘Chip on my shoulder’ after struggles in 2020 — Boston Herald

When J.D. Martinez was released by the Astros in 2014, the designated hitter used it as fuel to make himself into a three-time All-Star, World Series champion and one of the best hitters in the game. Seven years later, Martinez has a new reason to prove himself. After the worst season of his big-league career…

Red Sox’ J.D. Martinez: ‘Chip on my shoulder’ after struggles in 2020 — Boston Herald

MORROW RE-SIGNS WITH TFC

JUSTIN MORROW RE-SIGNS WITH TORONTO FC

Toronto FC announced today that defender Justin Morrow has been re-signed to a new contract through the 2021 season.

“Justin has been a fixture with TFC and it’s great to have him signed,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “His versatility on the field, veteran presence in the locker room and overall leadership on and off the field have been critical for the club for a long time and we’re thrilled that will continue.”

Morrow, 33, is entering his eighth season with Toronto FC and 12th in Major League Soccer (MLS). Morrow has made 229 combined appearances, scoring 17 goals and 19 assists for Toronto FC. Morrow currently ranks second in all-time club appearances and is one of three players to have made 200 appearances or more for the club (Jonathan Osorio and Michael Bradley). Morrow was part of the Reds 2017 Treble winning season (MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield, Canadian Championship), and has been part of two additional Canadian Championship winning teams (2016, 2018) with TFC. In 2017, Morrow was named to the MLS Best XI, where he scored a career-high eight goals in league play that season, including the first hat-trick of his career on September 30 in a 4-2 win over the New York Red Bulls at BMO Field. For his career, Morrow has made 275 combined appearances (MLS regular season and MLS Cup playoffs) scoring 19 goals and 27 assists with Toronto FC and the San Jose Earthquakes. Morrow was originally acquired in a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes on December 16, 2013.

Morrow was named executive director of Black Players for Change (BPC) following the organization’s launch on June 19, 2020. BPC were named the 2020 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year award winners in December.

TRANSACTION: Toronto FC re-sign defender Justin Morrow to a new contract.

-TORONTO FOOTBALL CLUB-

FLAMES 3, MAPLE LEAFS 0 POSTGAME NOTES

CALGARY FLAMES (9-9-1 – 19 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (14-4-2 – 30 Points)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2021

 123OTFINAL
CALGARY1113
TORONTO0000

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • The Maple Leafs were shut out for the first time in 2020-21.
  • Michael Hutchinson stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced in the loss.

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
CALGARY14 (11)12 (6)7 (3)33 (20)
TORONTO9 (6)17 (9)8 (8)34 (23)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
CALGARY20 (17)18 (8)12 (6)50 (31)
TORONTO26 (14)29 (17)20 (16)75 (47)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home8-3-1 (12 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Calgary  63-61-12-5 (141 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Calgary at Home36-20-7-3 (66 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots(Lehtonen)
Shot Attempts11 (Tavares)
Faceoff Wins(Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage67% (Engvall – 2 won, 1 lost)
Hits(Petan, Vesey)
Blocked Shots(Brodie)
Takeaways(Matthews)
TOI27:33 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI10:03 (Marner)
Shorthanded TOI6:13 (Brodie, Holl)
Shifts23 (Kerfoot)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage81.3% (Kerfoot – 13 for, 3 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first4-2-1
Trail after 12-2-1
Trail after 20-3-0
Do not score a power play goal3-3-0
Allow multiple power play goals2-1-0
Outshooting opponent5-2-1
Monday2-1-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 3-for-5 on the penalty kill and 0-for-7 on the power play tonight.
  • With a 14-4-2 record, the Maple Leafs have amassed the club’s third-highest point total through the first 20 games of a season, trailing only the 1933-34 (14-3-3, 31 Points) and 1934-35 (15-4-1, 31 Points) Maple Leafs.
  • Zach Bogosian and Mikko Lehtonen were on the ice for a team-high 20 shot attempts for at 5-on-5. Bogosian finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 71.4% (20 for, 8 against), while Lehtonen finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 80% (20 for, 5 against).
  • Justin Holl started 25% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. vs. Calgary Flames (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, February 27, 7:00 p.m. at Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Monday, March 1, 10:00 p.m. at Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
  • Wednesday, March 3, 8:00 p.m. at Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Thursday, March 4, 10:00 p.m. at Vancouver Canucks (TSN4, FAN 590)

Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution. Please consult official NHL game sheets (links above) to confirm no statistical changes were made.