– Jason Spezza opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 3:10 of the second period. Spezza has a goal and an assist over his last three games played. He has four points (3-1-4) in seven games against the Flames this season. He has recorded 12 points (4-8-12) in 18 games on the road in 2020-21.
– Auston Matthews scored the second Toronto goal of the game at 7:53 of the second period and later scored the fourth Toronto goal of the game on the power play at 10:50 of the third period. Matthews has goals (3) and points (3-1-4) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his seventh multi-goal game and his 14th multi-point game of the season. He has 20 points (11-9-20) in 17 games on the road this season. He has registered nine points (5-4-9) in eight games against Calgary in 2020-21. Matthews leads the NHL in goals (27) and game-winning goals (9), and is fifth among NHL skaters in points (27-19-46).
– Wayne Simmonds scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night at 7:13 of the third period. Simmonds has recorded three goals and an assist in six games against the Flames this season. He has seven points (6-1-7) in 21 games played this season.
– John Tavares registered the primary assist on Matthews’ third period goal and later scored the fifth Maple Leafs goal of the night at 12:10 of the third period. Tavares has goals (2), assists (2) and points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his ninth multi-point game of 2020-21. Tavares’ assist in the third period was his 800th career NHL point. He has recorded 19 points (6-13-19) in 19 games on the road this season.
– Alex Kerfoot registered the primary assist on Spezza’s second period goal. Kerfoot has a goal and an assist over his last four games. He has recorded eight points (4-4-8) in 19 games on the road this season. The Maple Leafs are 7-1-1 when Kerfoot records an assist this season.
– Travis Dermott had the secondary assist on Spezza’s second period goal. Dermott has a goal and an assist over his last three games played. He has two goals and two assists in 35 games this season and has registered both assists in seven games against the Flames.
– William Nylander recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ second period goal and later had the secondary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. Nylander has assists (4) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his fourth multi-assist and ninth multi-point game of 2020-21. He has six points (2-4-6) in eight games against Calgary in 2020-21. He has recorded seven primary assists at 5-on-5 this season, which is tied for third among Toronto skaters.
– TJ Brodie picked up the secondary assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Brodie’s assist is his first career point against Calgary after playing in 634 games for the Flames from 2010-20. He has recorded seven assists in 19 games on the road this season.
– Pierre Engvall had the lone assist on Simmonds’ third period goal. Engvall has recorded three goals and five assists in 30 games this season. He has recorded four of his five assists on the road this season. He has a pair of assists in eight games against Calgary in 2020-21.
– Zach Hyman notched the secondary assist on Matthews’ third period goal. Hyman has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has recorded five points (1-4-5) over his last five games played. He has recorded 16 points (9-7-16) in 19 games on the road this season. In seven games against the Flames in 2020-21, he has registered four points (1-3-4).
– Jake Muzzin registered the primary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. Muzzin has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has five points (1-4-5) in six games against the Flames this season. He has registered 11 assists at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks 11th among NHL defencemen.
– Jack Campbell stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced to improve his record to 9-0-0 this season. With the win, he has tied the franchise record for consecutive wins by a goaltender (Previous: Felix Potvin, 1993-94; Jacques Plante, 1970-71; John Ross Roach, 1924-25).
RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors play the first game of a back-to-back set Sunday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The Raptors visit the Rockets in Houston on Monday. Toronto swept the season-series (3-0) with Cleveland in 2019-20. Kyle Lowry averaged 22.3 points and 8.0 assists in three games against the Cavaliers last year. The Raptors are 9-14 on the road this season and tied with Detroit, Golden State, LA Clippers, Minnesota, New York and Utah for the most road games played in the NBA (23). Sunday is the first of three meetings with Cleveland during the 2020-21 campaign. • All five Toronto starters scored in double figures Friday vs. Utah. Norman Powell (17), OG Anunoby (15), Pascal Siakam (27), Kyle Lowry (14) and Fred VanVleet (17) combined for 90 points and shot .500 (28-for-56) from the field, including .469 (15-32) from three-point range, against the Jazz. Friday night was the first time the Raptors had all five in the lineup since Feb. 24 at Miami. • Norman Powell is tied for seventh in the NBA in scoring in March, averaging 28.4 points (min. 5 GP). Powell is shooting .552 (69-125) from the floor and .493 (33-67) from beyond the arc this month. He has scored 30+ points four times, including a career-high 43 points (14-18 FG, 8-12 3PT, 7-9 FT) Mar. 17 at Detroit. Powell became the 13th player in franchise history to score 40+ points against the Pistons. • Chris Boucher is averaging career highs of 14.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.98 blocks and 24.1 minutes, and is the only Raptor to appear in all 41 games this season. Boucher ranks fifth in the NBA in blocks per game and sixth among reserves in scoring. Boucher is the only player in the NBA with 60+ three-point field goals and 60+ blocks (68 3PT, 81 BLK). • Since returning from a sprained left thumb, Kyle Lowry is averaging 17.4 points and 10.4 assists, and has three double-doubles, in the last nine games (Feb. 24 – Mar. 19). Lowry has scored 20+ points four times during this stretch and tied a franchise-record with a career-high 19 assists Mar. 4 at Boston. • Following Monday’s game at Houston, the Raptors will play 14 of their next 19 games (Mar. 24 – Apr. 27) at home in Tampa. Toronto is 8-10 at Amalie Arena this season. The Raptors visit Cleveland again Apr. 10 before the Cavaliers make the trip to Tampa on Apr. 26. • The Raptors have lost seven straight games (Mar. 3-19) for the first time since dropping eight in a row Jan. 10-22, 2012. Toronto is seven games below .500 (17-24) for the first time this season, but still have a +10 scoring differential (4610-to-4600). The Raptors are one of seven teams in the Eastern Conference with a plus scoring differential. Opponents are averaging 120.7 points and shooting .493 (287-582) from the field, including .387 (105-271) from three-point range, over the last seven games. Toronto also has a -96 (258-to -354) rebounding differential during this streak.
RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors return home from three straight road games (Mar. 13-17) to host the Utah Jazz on Friday night at Amalie Arena. The Raptors have won 12 of their last 14 games against the Jazz and swept the season-series each of the last two seasons. Pascal Siakam has scored 27+ points in three straight games vs. Utah, averaging 30.0 points. Vinik Sports Group and the Raptors will welcome a limited number of fans, with a capacity of 3,800, back to Amalie Arena for games starting Friday. • Norman Powell scored a career-high 43 points (14-18 FG, 8-12 3PT, 7-9 FT) Wednesday at Detroit. Powell became the 13th player in franchise history to score 40+ points, and just the second to reach the 40-point mark without committing a turnover (Last: Chris Bosh – Dec. 22, 2007 at PHX). • Norman Powell has scored 30+ points six times in the last 11 games (Feb. 19 – Mar. 17). Powell is averaging 26.8 points and is shooting .543 (101-186) from the floor, inlcuding .469 (45-96) from three-point range, during this stretch. Through 38 games, Powell is averaging a career-high 19.7 points (+3.7 ppg from 2019-20) and ranks eighth in the NBA shooting a career-best .446 (108-242) from beyond the arc. • Chris Boucher is averaging career highs of 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.98 blocks and 24.2 minutes, and is the only Raptor to appear in all 40 games this season. Boucher ranks fifth in the NBA in blocks per game and is the only player in the league with 60+ three-point field goals and 60+ blocks (65 3PT, 79 BLK). • Kyle Lowry recorded 15 assists Wednesday against the Pistons. Lowry dished out 15+ assists for the third time this season and eighth time in a Raptors uniform; third most in team history behind Jose Calderon (21) and Damon Stoudamire (11). • Toronto used its 16th different starting lineup of the season March 17 at Detroit. The Raptors used 18 starting lineups in 72 games during the 2019-20 campaign. Toronto has had 12 different players start at least one game this season. Fred VanVleet leads the team with 35 starts. • Malachi Flynn, Patrick McCaw, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet all returned to the lineup Wednesday at Detroit. Flynn, McCaw and VanVleet missed the previous five games, while Siakam was out for the last six, because of Health of Safety Protocols. OG Anunoby missed his sixth straight game against the Pistons also because of Health and Safety Protocols. Anunoby is expected to return Friday vs. Utah. • The Raptors have lost six consecutive games (Mar. 3-17) for the first time since Dec. 3-12, 2012. Opponents are averaging 121.7 points and shooting .498 (253-508) from the field, including .397 (93-234) from three-point range, during this span. Toronto also has a -76 (277-to-353) rebounding differential over the last six contests. The last time the Raptors dropped seven in a row was Jan. 10-22, 2012 when they lost eight straight games. Toronto is six games below .500 (17-23) for the first time this season.
INJURY REPORT OG Anunoby (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out Malachi Flynn (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out Patrick McCaw (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out Pascal Siakam (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out Fred VanVleet (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors begin a three-game road trip (Mar. 13-17) Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center. It will mark the third and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Raptors won consecutive home games vs. Charlotte in January. Chris Boucher scored 20+ points in the pair of victories, averaging a team-high 22.5 points. With a win Saturday, Toronto would sweep the season series with the Hornets for the second time in the last four seasons. • Chris Boucher scored 29 points, one shy of his career high, Thursday vs. Atlanta. Boucher had a career-high 30 points (11-15 FG, 5-9 3PT, 3-4 FT) in in the final game before the All-Star break Mar. 4 at Boston. He is averaging 29.5 points and shooting 70 percent (21-30) from the field, including .538 (7-13) from beyond the arc, over the last two games. Boucher (63 3PT, 71 BLK) is the only player in the NBA with 60+three-point field goals and 60+ blocks this season. • Norman Powell has scored 30+ points four times in the last eight games (Feb. 19 – Mar. 11); something he did four times in his first 334 NBA games. Powell has started his last 21 games played (Jan. 22 – Mar. 11), averaging a team-high 23.6 points and shooting .465 (67-144) from beyond the arc during this stretch. • Toronto has dropped a season high-tying three straight games (Mar. 3-11). The Raptors have allowed 121+ points in all three losses, with opponents averaging 127.3 points and shooting .518 from the floor. • Stanley Johnson has scored in double figures in consecutive games (Mar. 4-11), including a season-high 14 points Mar. 4 at Boston. Johnson has scored 10+ points in back-to-back games for the first time since Mar. 20-24, 2019 when he was with New Orleans. • The Raptors will be without Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby, three of their top six scorers, and reserves Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw for the fourth straight game Saturday at Charlotte because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Siakam also missed Toronto’s game Feb. 26 against Houston. Siakam (20.1), VanVleet (20.1) and Anunoby (13.8) have combined to average 54.0 points this season. Head Coach Nick Nurse returned to the bench Thursday against the Hawks after also missing the previous three games because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. • Kyle Lowry passed Chris Bosh (10,275) for second on the Raptors’ all-time scoring list Thursday vs. Atlanta. DeMar DeRozan is the franchise leader with 13,296 career points. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in assists (4,155), steals (862), three-point field goals (1,473) and wins (361), ranks second in games played (585) and third in rebounds (2,873). • Vinik Sports Group and the Raptors have announced they will welcome a limited number of fans, with a capacity of 3,800, back to Amalie Arena for games starting on March 19 when Toronto hosts Utah.
FEARLESS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER: Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier has been stellar in the fourth quarter and in clutch moments for the Hornets as he had 12 points in the fourth quarter, which were 12 of the Hornets last 15 points with just over three and a half minutes left in regulation vs. Detroit on Mar. 11. Rozier is averaging 3.4 points per game in 14 games played in clutch situations and averaging 0.6 3s per game in those instances, which is tied for fourth among all player’s who have played in approximately 70% of their team’s qualified clutch games. Rozier’s offensive rating in crunch time situations is 156.0 points per 100 possessions, which is second in the NBA among qualified players. He had his second 20-point fourth quarter with 20 points vs. Golden State on Feb. 20, including seven in the final minute of the fourth. Rozier also had 21 points in the fourth quarter in the season opener at Cleveland on Dec. 23, which is tied for the fifth most in the fourth quarter in the NBA this season as he is the only player in the NBA this season with multiple 20-point fourth quarters. Rozier is one of seven players this season with 15+ points in three games or more in the fourth quarter this season as he is eighth in the NBA this season in total fourth quarter points with 209 and is second in the League in made 3s in the final quarter of regulation with 36. Rozier is just the second player in franchise history with multiple 20-point fourth quarters in a season along with Kemba Walker (4, 2018-19) as he’s one of three players this season with four or more made 3-point field goals in the fourth quarter in two games along with Damian Lillard and Jamal Murray. Last season, only three players (Trae Young: 4, Bradley Beal: 2, Zach Lavine: 2) had multiple games with a 20-point fourth quarter. A FIRST HALF TO REMEMBER: Hornets guard LaMelo Ball got off to a strong start in the first half of his rookie season, including some honors and historically great accomplishments, especially in the month of February. Below are some notes related to Ball’s first half performance. • For his play during the first half of the season, Ball was named to the 2021 U.S. Team Rising Stars Roster, selected by the other assistant coaches in the NBA. Accoding to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only player over the last 60 seasons to lead all rookies in total points, rebounds, assists and steals at the All-Star break. • Also according to ESB, Ball is just the sixth player in NBA history to lead all rookies in total points, rebounds and assists along with Alvan Adams (1975-76), Oscar Robertson (1960-61), Wil Chamberlain (1959-60), Elgin Baylor (1958-59) and Bob Pettit (1954-55). Each of those five players went on to when Rookie of the Year in their respective rookie season and four of the five went on to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. • Ball made 13 appearances in February, all starts, and averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game while shooting .452% from the field, .407% from 3-point range and .864% from the free throw line. For his performance, Ball earned Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for a second consecutive month to become the second Hornets rookie in franchise history to win back-to-back Rookie of the Month awards in the first two months it was awarded. • Ball was one of five players in February to appear in at least five games and average 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals or more per game along with Nikola Jokic, LeBron James, Jimmy Butler and Pascal Siakam; only him and Jokic shot .400% or better from beyond the arc. Over the last 20 seasons, Ball becomes just the fifth rookie to average 20-5-5 in February: Stephen Curry (’09-10), Luka Doncic (’18-19), Tyreke Evans (’09-10) and Russell Westbrook (’08-09) as him and Curry are the only ones to also average 1.5 steals per game. • According to ESPN Stats & Info, per Elias Sports Bureau, Ball became the third teenager to average 20-6-6 in a calendar month (min. 10 games), joining Doncic and James who each did it multiple times. • Ball scored 20 points in eight games during February, which most by a Hornets rookie, surpassing Alonzo Mourning’s seven 20-point games in February during the 1992-93 season. Ball had the most 20-point games in the second month of the year by a first-year player since Zion Williamson (9) during the 2019-20 season. LaMELO DOES IT AGAIN: Hornets first-year guard LaMelo Ball continues to impress as he recorded 30 points, eight assists, six rebounds and a career-high tying four steals at Portland on Mar. 1 for his first game with 30 points, five rebounds and five assists. Ball is the third youngest player in NBA history with 30-5-5 at 19 years and 191 days old, only behind LeBron James (Six times, youngest: 18 years, 334 days) and Kevin Durant (19 years, 190 days). Ball is the youngest player with 30-5-5 along with four steals and just the sixth rookie over the last 20 seasons with that stat line as well as just the third rookie since the 2009-10 season along with Luka Doncic (3/6/19) and Stephen Curry (3/13, 3/24/10). In franchise history, Ball is just the third rookie with 30 points, five rebounds and five assists along with Raymond Felton (3/22/06 at CLE) and Larry Johnson (1/22/92 vs. CHI, 3/19/92 @ PHI) as only Ball and Felton also tallied four-plus steals. The last Hornets player to total 30-5-5 was Malik Monk on Jan. 24, 2020 with 31 points, five rebounds and five dimes as Kemba Walker is the last player with such a performance along with four or more steals on Nov. 15, 2016; Walker had 30 points, five rebounds six assists and five steals at Minnesota. Ball is one of nine players this season with 30-5-5-4 and just one of two rookies along with Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey with 30-5-5 in a game. Ball has posted 20-5-5 in six games this season, tied with Felton for the second most games by a Hornets rookie only behind Johnson (16) as he is just one of four rookies in franchise history with multiple 30-point games (Alonzo Mourning, 8; Johnson, 3; Felton, 2). Ball is tied for the fourth most games with 20-5-5 by a rookie in their teens along with Kevin Durant. LaMELO’S GONE STREAKING: Hornets guard LaMelo Ball had 30 points and eight assists as he has now had four straight games with 20 points and five assists (24p/12a at SAC, 2/28; 20p/6a at GSW, 2/26; 20p/8a at PHX, 2/24). Ball’s four-game streak is the longest by a rookie in the NBA since Ja Morant had four straight games with at least 20 points and five assists from Mar. 7 to August 2, 2020. He the only Hornets rookie in franchise history with four straight 20-5 games as Larry Johnson had two three-game streaks with Ball also holding the franchise record for most 20-point, 10 assist games by a Hornets rookie with three, which is also tied for the second most by a Hornets player over the last three seasons and the most since Devonte’ Graham (6) during the 2019-20 season. Ball now has 12 games this season with 20+ points, tied for the fifth most by a Hornets rookie with Adam Morrison (2006-07). Ball has had 20+ points five straight games, just the third rookie in franchise history with such a streak along with Johnson and Alonzo Mourning as it is the longest since by a Hornets rookie since Mourning scored 20+ in 13 straight games from Mar. 24 to Apr. 17, 1993. Ball’s streak is the longest by a rookie in the NBA since Zion Williamson who had 13 straight 20-point outings from Jan. 31 to Mar. 4, 2020. Washington is the first Hornets player with two 20-point halves in the same game since Kemba Walker on Apr. 10, 2019 when Walker had a 22-point first half and 21-point second half. 40-POINT SCORERS: Hornets forward PJ Washington scored a career-high 42 points as he is the third Hornets player this season with 40+ points along with guard Terry Rozier (42, 12/23 at CLE; 41, 2/12 vs. MIN) and forward Gordon Hayward (44, 1/6 at ATL). Charlotte is one of two teams along with the Nets (Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving) to have three players with a 40-point game this season as the Hornets are tied for the fifth most 40-point games with Brooklyn and Golden State with four as Philadelphia leads the NBA with six games where a player has had 40+ points. This marks the first time in franchise history where the Hornets have had three players with at least one 40-point game in a season. ROZIER’S EXCELLENCE: Hornets guard Terry Rozier has been tremendous all season long, including a strong performance in February. Here are a few notes on Rozier’s performance this season and how it stacks up in franchise history as well as against other players in the NBA this season. • In his second season with Charlotte, Rozier is averaging 20.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting .488% from the field and .435% from 3-point range. Rozier is one of four qualified players this season (appeared in 70% of team’s games) along with Clippers forward Paul George, Bulls guard Zach Lavine and Bucks forward Khris Middleton, averaging at least 20.0 points and making .475% of their field goal attempts and .425% of their 3-point tries. • Rozier ranks tied for 10th in the NBA this season in total 3-point field goals made with 114 and is averaging 3.4 3-point field goals made per game, which ranks tied for ninth among league leaders. Rozier’s also tied for 17th in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage. • Rozier totaled 31 points at Minnesota on Mar. 3, including 18 points in the third quarter alone along with five made 3s, tying the franchise record for made 3-pointers in a quarter. Rozier has had three 40-point games and 12 30-point games in one and a half seasons with the Hornets compared to just two 30-point games in his first four NBA seasons. • Rozier has scored 15+ points in six quarters this season as he is one of 13 players in the NBA with six or more quarters with 15+ points. He is also just one of nine players with nine or more games with five-plus makes from beyond the arc. • He recorded 36 points vs. Golden State on Feb. 20, as he had four straight 30-point games from Feb. 10 to 20, after 33 points vs. SA on Feb. 14, 41 points vs. MIN on Feb. 12 and 34 points at MEM on Feb. 10. This was the first time Rozier’s had 30+ points in four consecutive games as he is one of eight players this season with 30 points or more in four consecutive games. • He is the first Hornets player with four straight 30-point performances since Kemba Walker (5, 2/2-2/11/19) and just the third player in franchise history with a 30-point streak of four games or longer along with Walker and Glen Rice who both completed the feat two times. • Rozier is one of 13 players this season with multiple 40-point performances as well as one of 13 players with 35+ points in four or more outings this season. • Over the four-game stretch, Rozier averaged 36.0 points (.600 FG%, .590 3pt%, 1.000 FT%), 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as he is one of nine players this season to average 36.0 points or more over a four-game span, according to Basketball Reference. He is just the third player in franchise history to average at least 36.0 points over a four-game period along with Rice (36.8 from 1/28-2/2/97; 36.3, 4/2-4/7/97) and Walker (36.0, 11/17-11/23/18). • Rozier totaled 20 points in the fourth quarter alone vs. Golden State and 28 in the second half has scored 25+ points in three halves this season, all in the second half, as he’s one of 10 players with three 25-point halves and one of six with three 25-point second halves. Rozier is one of five players this season with multiple 20-point quarters overall as he scored 10+ points in a quarter 10 times during the month of February, including seven 10-point quarters over the four-game stretch where he had at least 30 points each game. • He had 30+ points in four of the 10 games he appeared in February and 20+ points in six of his 10 games; he is just the sixth player in franchise history with four or more 30-point games in February. • In 11 games in February, Rozier averaged 23.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists while shooting .517% from the field, .447% from beyond the arc and .944% from the free throw line in February. Rozier was one of 10 players along to average at least 20.0 points and shoot .500% or better from the floor and .400% from 3-point distance (1 3PA/ Game) in five or more games in February. Among that group, he was just one of three players with Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Raptors guard Normal Powell to also shoot .900% or better from the line.
INJURY REPORT OG Anunoby (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out Terence Davis ll (Left Ankle; Sprain) – Questionable Malachi Flynn (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out Patrick McCaw (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out Pascal Siakam (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out Fred VanVleet (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors begin their second half schedule Thursday night when they host the Atlanta Hawks at Amalie Arena. The Raptors have won four in a row against the Hawks at home. Thursday will mark the second of three meetings with Atlanta this season. Trae Young had 28 points and 13 assists as the Hawks held off Toronto 132-121 in Atlanta on Feb. 6. The Hawks will also visit Tampa on Apr. 13. • Kyle Lowry needs just five points to pass Chris Bosh (10,275) for second on the Raptors’ all-time scoring list. DeMar DeRozan is the franchise leader with 13,296 career points. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in assists (4,143), steals (862), three-point field goals (1,470) and wins (361), ranks second in games played (584) and third in rebounds (2,867). • Kyle Lowry tied the franchise record with a career-high 19 assists March 4 at Boston. Lowry is the third Raptor to record 19 assists in a single game, joining Damon Stoudamire and Jose Calderon (twice). • Chris Boucher scored a career-high 30 points (11-15 FG, 5-9 3PT, 3-4 FT) in 35 minutes off the bench March 4 at Boston. Boucher is the first Raptors reserve since Terence Davis on Feb. 2, 2020 vs. Chicago to score 30+ points. Boucher (61 3PT, 69 BLK) is the only player in the NBA with 50+ three-point field goals and 50+ blocks this season. He is currently averaging career highs of 13.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 23.6 minutes and was the only Raptor to appear in all 36 games in the first half. • The Raptors will be without Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby, three of their top five scorers, and reserves Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw for the third straight game Thursday vs. Atlanta because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Siakam also missed Toronto’s game Feb. 26 against Houston due to health and safety protocols. Terence Davis is questionable after sustaining a left ankle sprain late in the fourth quarter Mar. 4 at Boston. • Head Coach Nick Nurse is expected to return to the bench against the Hawks after missing the previous three games because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Assistant coach Sergio Scariolo had been serving as the acting head coach. Scariolo rejoined the team Feb. 26 vs. Houston after coaching Spain in FIBA’s EuroBasket 2022 qualifiers in Poland. • The Raptors announced Wednesday they have signed forward-centre Henry Ellenson to a 10-day contract. Ellenson averaged a team-high 21.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 30.6 minutes in 15 games with Raptors 905 in the G League bubble. He scored 20+ points seven times and recorded five double-doubles. • Vinik Sports Group and the Raptors have announced they will welcome a limited number of fans, with a capacity of 3,800, back to Amalie Arena for games starting on March 19 when Toronto faces Utah.
TOR@MIA Miami Heat Bradley, Avery Out Injury/Illness – Right Calf; Strain Dragic, Goran Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain Herro, Tyler Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Hip; Contusion Leonard, Meyers Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Surgery Silva, Chris Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Hip Flexor; Strain Vincent, Gabe Probable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Soreness Toronto Raptors Harris, Jalen Out G League – Two-Way Lowry, Kyle Probable Injury/Illness – Left Thumb; Sprain
RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors play the second of a back-to-back set Wednesday night when they visit the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. This marks the third and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Raptors and the Heat split consecutive games in Tampa in January. Toronto is 1-4 on the second night of a back-to-back this season. This is the Raptors only home-road back-to-back in the first half. • Kyle Lowry missed his fourth straight game (Feb. 18-23), and seventh of the season, Tuesday vs. Philadelphia due to a left thumb sprain. Lowry injured the thumb in the first quarter Feb. 16 at Milwaukee. The Raptors are 6-1 this season without Lowry in the lineup and 18-3 dating back to the start of last season. • After a 7-9 (.438) record in January, Toronto has responded with an 8-4 (.667) record in the month of February, including a 4-1 mark against the top-3 teams in the East Conference; Philadelphia (1-1), Brooklyn (1 -0) and Milwaukee (2-0). After tonight, the Raptors will have already faced Miami, Milwaukee and Philadelphia three times and play their third and final game against Boston on March 4. This season Toronto will face Eastern Conference opponents three times and each opponent in the West twice. • The Raptors outscored the Sixers 54-30 in the paint last night. Miami (40.2) and Toronto (40.6) currently rank first and second, respectively, in the NBA in points in the paint allowed. In their two meetings last month (Jan. 20-22), the Heat had the scoring advantage in the paint 82-64. • Pascal Siakam tallied 22 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 42 minutes Feb. 23 vs. Philadelphia. Siakam has now recorded at least five assists in a career-high six straight games (Feb. 14-23). He is averaging 6.3 assists and has a 3.45 assists-per-turnover ratio (38-to-11) during this stretch. • Norman Powell is averaging a career-high 17.3 points and shooting a career-best .426 (72-169) from three-point range this season. In February, Powell is averaging 21.8 points and has scored 20+ points eight times, including a season-high 31 points Feb. 19 at Minnesota. • Aron Baynes led the reserves with 11 points in 30 minutes yesterday against the Sixers. Baynes has now come off the bench in each of the last five games (Feb. 16-23), averaging 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds. • Fred VanVleet recorded two steals and a career high-tying four blocks Feb. 23 vs. Philadelphia. VanVleet currently leads the NBA with 55 steals and has blocked 27 shots this season. He is one of just five players with 40+ steals and 25+ blocks, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo (40 stl, 41 blk), Robert Covington (45 stl, 31 blk), Matisse Thybulle (42 stl, 28 blk) and Andre Drummond (40 stl, 29 blk). • For the first time since the 2012-13 season the Raptors will not have at least one all-star. Toronto had at least player selected for seven straight seasons, with two Raptors going each of the last five years.
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).
• Kyle Lowry has 17 career triple-doubles, including 15 with Toronto. Lowry’s 15 triple-doubles are more than all other Raptors combined (13). With 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists Jan. 11 at Portland, Pascal Siakam became the first Raptor other than Lowry to record a triple-double since Jose Calderon (Dec. 16, 2012 vs. Houston).
MIL@TOR Toronto Raptors Anunoby, OG Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Strain McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery – rehabilitation Siakam, Pascal Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Swelling.
RAPTOR NOTES • The Toronto Raptors will host the Milwaukee Bucks at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Wednesday night. This is the first of three meetings between the Raptors and Bucks during the first half of the 2020-21 season. The two teams will meet again Feb. 16-18 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, which is also Toronto’s next mini-series. • Toronto defeated Milwaukee 114-106 on August 10 at the NBA Restart in Orlando but have lost the season-series to Milwaukee the past two seasons. Overall the Raptors are 17-7 (.708) against the Bucks since 2013-14 and defeated Milwaukee twice in the playoffs – first round (2017) and the Eastern Conference Finals (2019). • Toronto is tied for third in the Eastern Conference over the last 10 games (Jan. 8-25) with a 6-4 record. Boston (7-3) and Milwaukee (7-3) are the only teams ahead. Toronto played an equal five games at home and on the road during this stretch, including two sets of back-to-backs and a pair of mini-series. LAST 10 GAMES – EASTERN CONFERENCE Team W-L FG% 3FG% REB AST PTS OPP FG% OPP 3FG% OPP PTS Boston 7-3 .476 .389 46.3 23.6 114.9 .452 .370 109.3 Milwaukee 7-3 .492 .365 47.3 26.8 117.4 .454 .401 111.3 Toronto 6-4 .449 .400 43.4 25.8 112.7 .455 .356 107.8 Brooklyn 6-4 .499 .403 43.9 27.0 118.5 .476 .358 118.8 • Kyle Lowry needs two 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 and Klay Thompson, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Washington’s Bradley Beal and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo are the only active players with 10,000 points with their current team. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in three-pointer made (1,425), assists (4,032) and steals (842). • Norman Powell has scored 20+ points in three consecutive games (Jan. 22-25), including 24 points Jan. 25 at Indiana. Over the last three games, Powell is averaging a team-high 22.3 points, while shooting .455 (25-55) from the field, .318 (7-22) from three-point range and .769 (10-13) at the free throw line. The last time Powell had a streak of three or more games with 20+ points was Feb. 28- Mar. 8, 2020 during career-high streak of five games. • OG Anunoby has scored at least 10 points in a career-long nine consecutive games (Jan. 10-25). Anunoby scored a season-high 30 points during Toronto’s Jan. 24 win at Indiana and is averaging 16.8 points during this stretch. He is also shooting .515 (53-103) from the field, .577 (30-52) from three-point range and .833 (15-18) at the free throw line. • INJURY UPDATE: Pascal Siakam has missed two games (Jan. 24-25) with a swollen left knee. The injury occurred Jan. 22 vs. Miami, however, he remained in the game and finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Patrick McCaw has not played this season following surgery on his left during the summer. OG Anunoby is questionable with a left calf strain.
• The Bucks are beginning a three-game road trip tonight as they take on the Toronto Raptors in Tampa. After tonight’s game, Milwaukee will finish the road trip with a back-to-back against the Pelicans and Hornets on Friday and Saturday. • The Bucks got back in the win column, and improved to 10-6 on the season, with a 129-115 win over the Hawks at Fiserv Forum on Sunday, which marked Milwaukee’s eighth win of the season by 10 or more points. The Bucks are currently second in the NBA in points per game differential this season at 9.1 ppg. • In Sunday’s win, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 27 points, a season-high 14 rebounds and eight assists. Antetokounmpo also passed Bucks great Marques Johnson (10,980) for sixth on the Bucks all-time scoring list and became the sixth Buck to join the 11,000-point club (now at 11,007 career points). • Bobby Portis scored a season-high 21 points (9-16 FG) against the Hawks on Sunday, marking his second 20-point game of the season and his 11th game scoring in double figures. Portis, who is averaging 11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season, is also shooting a career-high 54% from the field and a career-high 42% from three. • Brook Lopez extended his season-long streak of scoring in double figures to four games after posting 12 points on Sunday vs. Atlanta. In this four-game stretch, Lopez is averaging 12.8 points per game (on 46% shooting) after averaging 9.2 points per game (on 42% shooting) in his first 12 games of the season. • In Sunday’s win, the Bucks shot 54.9% as a team, marking their NBA-high eighth game of the season shooting 50% or better. Milwaukee enters tonight’s game not only leading the league in FG% at 49%, but also in scoring (120.1 ppg) and offensive rating (117.9
Miami HeatBradley, Avery Out Health and Safety Protocols Butler, Jimmy Out Health and Safety Protocols Dragic, Goran Probable Injury/Illness – Right Foot; Contusion Herro, Tyler Questionable Injury/Illness – Neck; Spasms Leonard, Meyers Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Strain Silva, Chris Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Hip Flexor; Strain Vincent, Gabe Probable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Soreness Toronto Raptors Lowry, Kyle Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Foot; Soreness McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery; rehab .Siakam, Pascal Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Groin; Soreness
Update: Siakam will play, Lowry will not.
• The Toronto Raptors conclude a five-game homestand (Jan. 14-22) Friday night when they host the Miami Heat at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Following Friday’s contest, the Raptors will play 11 of their next 15 games on the road (Jan. 24 – Feb. 19). The stretch begins with a two-game “series” Sunday and Monday at Indiana – it’s the only series in the first half Toronto will play on back-to-back days. • Kyle Lowry needs 14 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 (16,812) 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 (1,424), assists (4,031) and steals (841). • Fred VanVleet has made at least one three-pointer in a franchise record 46 consecutive games (Dec. 20, 2019 – Jan. 20, 2021), passing the previous record of 38 games set by C.J. Miles (Dec. 10, 2017 – March 15, 2018). VanVleet and Kyle Lowry lead the Raptors with 47 and 37 three-point field goals, respectively, this season. The duo has combined to shoot .362 (84-for-232) from beyond the arc through 14 games. • OG Anunoby has matched a career high with six consecutive games (Jan. 10-20) of at least 10 points. He is averaging 15.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists during this stretch, which includes an 18-point performance Jan. 20 vs. Miami. Anunoby is shooting .478 (32-67) from the field, and leads the Raptors with 19 three-point field goals, over the last six games. The last time Anunoby had six straight double-figure scoring games was Feb. 25 – Mar. 8, 2020. • The Raptors rank second in the NBA, behind Philadelphia (16.8), averaging 16.6 fast-break points. Toronto has finished with double-digit fast-break points in 12-of-14 games, including four games with 20 or more. • Chris Boucher has scored 15+ points in eight games this season, something he did seven times in 62 contests in 2019-20. Boucher currently ranks fourth among reserves in the NBA (min. 10 games off bench) averaging 15.5 points – behind Jordan Clarkson (17.6), Shake Milton (16.2) and Terrence Ross (15.8). • Kyle Lowry collected a season-high 10 rebounds Wednesday against the Heat. Lowry has now grabbed 5+ rebounds in his last 11 games played (Dec. 29 – Jan. 20), one game shy of his career high. Lowry recorded at least five boards in 12 consecutive games Nov. 14 – Dec. 10, 2017. Over his last 11 games, Lowry is averaging a team-high 7.6 rebounds and led the Raptors on the glass three times. • The start time for Sunday’s game at Indiana is now 1 p.m. not 3:30 p.m. Sportsnet will still broadcast the game and it will remain televised on NBA TV in the U.S. TSN 1050 Toronto will carry the game on radio. • The Raptors waived centre Alex Len on Tuesday. Len appeared in seven games (two starts) this season, averaging 2.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 10.8 minutes.
TEAM 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