• The Toronto Raptors (14-17) continue a four-game homestand (Dec. 28 – Jan. 4) Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers (18-17) at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have lost four in a row to the Clippers. Toronto is 5-4 in December after Philadelphia hung on to beat the Raptors 114-109 on Tuesday. Toronto
has had three games postponed this month: Dec. 16 vs. CHI, Dec. 20 vs. ORL and Dec. 22 at CHI.
Chris Boucher scored a season-high 28 points (10-14 FG, 5-7 3PT, 3-4 FT) and matched a career-best with 19 rebounds in 38 minutes Dec. 28 vs. Philadelphia. Boucher became just the second player in franchise history to record 25+ points and 15+ rebounds with five made threes, joining Donyell Marshall (Apr. 13, 2004 vs. Detroit).
• Chris Boucher has scored 10+ points in seven of the last eight games (Dec. 5-28), including 20+ in each of the last two (Dec. 26-28). He is averaging 15.6 points and shooting .529 (45-85) from the field during this stretch. Boucher scored in double figures four times in his first 21 games of the season.
• Gary Trent Jr. (108) and Fred VanVleet (103) currently rank second and third, respectively, in the NBA in total deflections. Trent Jr. also leads the league in steals (2.18) and has recorded multiple steals in 19 games, while VanVleet has led the NBA in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. The Raptors lead the NBA in deflections per game (18.9) and rank third in steals (9.2) this season.
• Rookie Scottie Barnes has scored in double figures in 12 straight games played (Nov. 21 – Dec. 18). Barnes is averaging 16.5 points and shooting .497 (76-153) from the floor, including .413 (19-46) from beyond the arc, during this streak. He has missed the last two games (Dec. 26-28) due to health and safety protocols. Barnes (15.6) is currently second among rookies in scoring behind Franz Wagner (15.8)
Fred VanVleet is one of just six players in the NBA averaging 20+ points, 6+ assists and 5+ rebounds this season, along with Luka Doncic, James Harden, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic and Ja Morant.
Yuta Watanabe has score in double digits in four of the last five games (Dec. 13-28) with two double-doubles. Watanabe set career highs with 26 points and 13 rebounds Dec. 26 at Cleveland. Over the last five games, Watanabe is averaging 13.0 points and shooting 51 percent (25-49) from the field.
• The Raptors have been without OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes and Fred VanVleet for the last two games (Dec. 26-28) due to health and safety protocols. The trio accounts 39% of Toronto’s scoring this season.
• Clippers forward-centre Serge Ibaka returns to Toronto for the first time since Feb. 25, 2020. Ibaka played three-plus season with the Raptors, averaging 14.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in 228 games. He also helped
Toronto win its first NBA championship in 2019.

MIN: 36.7 REB: 5.3 AST: 2.7 STL: 1.5 TO: 1.6 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 19.3
• Sat out the last two games (Dec. 26-28) due to health and safety protocols.
• Has missed 15 of the last 16 games after sitting out 13 in a row (Nov. 18 – Dec. 14) with a left hip pointer.
• Recorded seven points and three rebounds in 28 minutes in his lone game this month Dec. 18 vs. Golden State.

MIN: 36.0 REB: 8.3 AST: 3.4 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.9 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 15.6
• Missed the last two games (Dec. 26-28) due to health and safety protocols.
• Leads all rookies in rebounds (8.3) and minutes (36.0), ranks second in scoring (15.6) and third in FG% (.494).
• Has scored 20+ points in each of his last two games played (Dec. 14-18), averaging 22.0 points.

MIN: 34.9 REB: 7.5 AST: 3.9 STL: 0.7 TO: 2.2 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 19.6
• Recorded 28 points, six rebounds and a season-high eight assists in 42 minutes Dec. 28 vs. Philadelphia.
• Averaging 22.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists in seven games in December.
• Has scored 20+ points in six of his last eight games played (Nov. 30 – Dec. 28), averaging 22.0 points.

MIN: 34.8 REB: 3.0 AST: 2.2 STL: 2.2 TO: 1.0 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 16.9
• Contributed 19 points, a career-high seven assists and two steals in 41 minutes Dec. 28 vs. Philadelphia.
• Leads the NBA in steals per game (2.18); has recorded multiple steals in 19 games.
• Averaging 15.8 points and shooting .391 (25-64) from three-point range through eight games in December.

MIN: 37.9 REB: 5.1 AST: 6.7 STL: 1.6 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 20.1
• Missed the last two games (Dec. 26-28) due to health and safety protocols.
• Leads the NBA in minutes per game (37.9), has logged 40+ minutes seven times.
• Has scored in double digits in all 28 of his games played this season, including 20+ points 12 times.

Precious Achiuwa (Return To Competition Reconditioning) – Probable
Khem Birch (Return To Competition Reconditioning) – Probable
Isaac Bonga (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
Justin Champagnie (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out
David Johnson (Left Calf; Strain) – Out


• DYNAMIC DEFENSE: On 11/5 at Minnesota, the Clippers allowed just 27 points in the second quarter. It was tied for the fourth-least amount of points
allowed in a second half in franchise history. The last time the Clippers allowed 27 points-or-less in a second half was when they allowed 25 on 4/16/12 vs.
Oklahoma City. LAC ranks fourth in defensive rating (105.5), fifth in opponent points allowed (104.6) and tied for seventh in opponent FG% (44.1).
On 11/13 vs. Minnesota, with his 1,799th career three-pointer, Paul George passed Klay Thompson for sole possession of 20th place on the NBA’s all-time three-point field goal list. On 11/14 vs. Chicago, George made his 368th career three-pointer as a Clippers, which
passed Corey Maggette for sole possession of sixth place on the Clippers all-time three-point field goal list. On 12/20 vs. San Antonio, George made his
1,828th career three to pass Kobe Bryant for sole possession of 19th place on the NBA’s all-time three-point field goal list. On 12/22 at Sacramento, George
made his 1,831st career three to pass Chauncey Billups for sole possession of 18th place on the NBA’s all-time three-point field goal list.
• THE ROOK: On 12/8 vs. Boston, Brandon Boston Jr. scored 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field and 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Boston
Jr. joined Eric Bledsoe and Lamar Odom as the only players in franchise history to score at least 27 points at age 20 or younger.
• PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Paul George was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for week three (Nov. 1-7). During the week, George led
the Clippers to a 4-0 record and held averages of 26.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals. It’s George’s 10th player of the week recognition
and second as a member of the Clippers. During the month of November, George scored 406 points, with 114 rebounds and 89 assists. George joins Bob
Kaufman (Dec. 1970) as the only two players in franchise history with at least 400 points, 100 rebounds and 80 assists in a calendar month.
• WINNING STREAK: The Clippers were on a seven-game winning streak from 11/1 – 11/13. During the winning streak, the Clippers ranked second in the
NBA in plus/minus differential (12.6) and net rating (11.5), third in points (115.3) and rebounds (48.7) and fifth in 3P% (39.5).
• MOMENTUM SWING: On 11/5 at Minnesota, the Clippers became just the fourth team in the last 25 seasons to trail by 20 and then win the game by 20.
• FROM THREE: On 11/3 at Minnesota, the Clippers were 21-for-36 (58.3%) from three. It’s just the 13th time in NBA history that a team has shot better
than 58% from three (min. 35 attempts). In the third quarter alone the Clippers were 9-for-11 (81.8%) from three which was the highest 3P% (min. 10 attempts) in a single quarter in franchise history. Including the postseason, it was just the 13th time in franchise history that the Clippers have made at least 20
• PG: On 10/23 vs. Memphis, George had his 28th game as a Clipper with at least five three-pointers made, which tied J.J. Redick for the most such games
in franchise history. George also had his sixth career game with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds and became the first Clipper since Blake Griffin on
2/26/17 vs. Charlotte to post a stat line of at least 41 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. On 10/25 vs. Portland, George had a career-high eight steals.
He’s the first starter to have at least eight steals while playing 27 minutes or less since Michael Jordan on 4/20/93. On 10/29 at Portland, George had his
29th game as a Clipper with at least five three-pointers made, which surpassed J.J. Redick for the most such games in franchise history. Through the Clippers first seven games this season, George scored 202 points which is the fourth-most points scored through the first seven games in franchise history and
the most since World B. Free scored 243 points during the 1979-80 season.
• TURNOVERS: On 10/25 vs. Portland, the Clippers had 21 steals and forced 30 turnovers. Since 1983-84, it’s tied for the second-most steals in franchise
history and the most steals since the Clippers had 21 on 11/8/91 vs. Denver. It was just the eighth game since 1983-84 that the Clippers forced at least 30
turnovers, and it was the most opponent turnovers since the Clippers forced 32 on 11/8/96 vs. New York.
CONTINUING TO BUILD: LA at 517-302 (.631) have the NBA’s third-best regular season record since the start of the 2011-12 season. On 4/11 vs. Detroit, the Clippers extended a franchise record of securing a record above .500 to 10 consecutive seasons which is the longest active streak in the NBA. On
4/18 vs. Minnesota, the Clippers secured their 40th win of the season. It is the 10th-straight season that the Clippers have had at least 40 wins which is the
longest current streak in the NBA
BEST RECORD IN THE NBA (Since 2011-12)

  1. Golden State Warriors 525-287 (.647)
  2. San Antonio Spurs 526-290 (.645)
  3. LA Clippers 517-302 (.631)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder 488-330 (.597)
  5. Miami Heat 480-339 (.586)
    • KAWHI: Kawhi Leonard is the winningest player in NBA regular-season history with a 429-147 (.745) record.


TORONTO MARLIES (11-9-1-1 – 24 Points)
BELLEVILLE SENATORS (11-12-0-0 – 22 Points) vs.





Toronto: B. Seney (11) (Unassisted), J. Ho-Sang (10) PP (F. Kràl, A. Steeves), A. Suomela (1) (B. Seney, C. Dahlström), C. Douglas (4) (F. Kràl, C. Dahlström), K. Clifford (1) EN (A. Steeves, M. Hollowell)
Goaltender: J. Woll (45/47)

Belleville: S. Sabourin (4) (M. Del Zotto), R. Chartier (2) (M. Guenette, C. Pare)
Goaltender: T. Parks (24/28)


  • Brett Seney opened the scoring at 15:07 of the first period and later added the primary assist on Suomela’s third period goal. He has points (3-2-5) in his last four games with the Marlies.
  • Josh Ho-Sang scored 27 seconds into the second period on the power play. He has tied his career AHL season-high in goals (10).
  • Antti Suomela scored at 8:11 of the third period. This was his first goal with Toronto.
  • Curtis Douglas scored at 8:33 of the third period. He has 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 20 games this season.
  • Filip Kràl recorded the primary assists on Ho-Sang’s second period goal and Douglas’ third period goal. He has assists (4) in three consecutive games.
  • Alex Steeves had the secondary assist on Ho-Sang’s second period goal and the primary assist on Clifford’s empty net goal. He has 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in 14 games with the Marlies.
  • Carl Dahlström registered the secondary assists on Suomela and Douglas’ third period goals. This is his second multi-assist game of the season.
  • Mac Hollowell picked up the secondary assist on Clifford’s third period goal. He has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in nine games this season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 45 of 47 shots he faced. He is 10-3-2 when making 30 or more saves with the Marlies.


  • This is Toronto’s first game since December 15 due to league COVID-19 protocols.
  • Toronto went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 on the power play. Toronto is 7-5-1-0 when scoring on the power play and 7-4-0-0 when not allowing a goal on the power play.
  • Belleville had a 47-29 edge in shots in all situations. Kyle Clifford led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto is 8-6-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 6-6-1-1 against North Division opponents and 3-0-0-0 against the Belleville Senators. Toronto has outscored Belleville 15-6 this season. The club’s last game against the Senators was on Oct. 30 (5-2 W). 

Leading after 1                        
Leading after 2                        6-1-1-1
December                                2-4-0-0
Thursday                                 1-0-0-0
3 Goal Game                            4-1-0-0

Goals               11 
(B. Seney)
Assists            18 (J. Duszak)
Points              19 (J. Duszak)
PPG                 4 (J. Ho-Sang)
Shots               51 (B. Seney)
+/-                    +6 (B. Seney)
PIMS                50 (R. Clune)



On tonight’s game:
First, Joe Woll played phenomenal for us and gave us an opportunity to win this game. Heavily outshot in the first two periods and he shut the door. He looked very composed, in control the whole time. His ability to recover the pucks in and around the crease. In the third, we would found our game, we found our compete, our passion, our spirit for playing and doing the things that brought us success in wins prior to this Christmas break. The first period, there was compete there. I thought before the first TV timeout, it was good intention with how we were playing but then we started getting sloppy with our puck management, turning pucks over, made us spend a lot more time in our D zone. Their power play gave them a lot more momentum for them which kind of us put on our heels. Once we got through the second period and into the third, we finally found it and we found a way to find the back of the net. Good job by our guys to find a way.


On the challenge of returning after a long break:
It’s always challenging but we had a couple of good practices to get ready for the game. The first period was kind of hard to get used to it but after that, everyone was used to it and it was fine.

On the team’s third period:
We talked in the dressing room and talked through the first two periods and we didn’t play good. We knew we needed to be better. We just played our game in the last period.

On tonight’s game:

The first two periods, I don’t think we deserved to win but the third one was pretty good from us. We played good in the third. Obviously, it’s a good win for us to finish 2021 and be better in 2022.

*All times Eastern Standard Time

January 1 vs. Belleville – 3:00 p.m.
January 3 vs. Belleville – 3:00 p.m.
January 5 vs. Utica – 7:00 p.m.
January 7 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
January 8 at Laval – 3:00 p.m.