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GAME #15 – TORONTO RAPTORS (10-4) vs. ATLANTA HAWKS (4-11) SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019 – 7:30 P.M. (ET) – STATE FARM ARENA TV: TSN – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
• The Toronto Raptors travel to Atlanta on Saturday to face the Hawks at State Farm Arena. Toronto has won seven in a row against the Hawks, including the past four meetings in Atlanta. The Raptors swept the season-series last year (3-0) for the second straight season and third time in franchise history. Pascal Siakam averaged 22.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in three games vs. Atlanta in 2018-19.
• The Raptors held Orlando to .385 (35-for-91) shooting from the field, including .281 (9-for-32) from 3-point range, on Wednesday night. It was the sixth time this season Toronto has held its opponent below 40 per cent shooting from the floor; something they did just five times during the regular season last year. The Raptors currently rank first in the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.406), seventh in opponent 3-point percentage (.330) and eighth in points allowed (105.4).
• Terence Davis II led the reserves in scoring for the second straight game with a career-high 19 points (710 FG, 3-5 3PT, 2-2 FT) Nov. 20 vs. Orlando. Davis added a career-best eight rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes against the Magic. Over the past six games (Nov. 10-20), Davis is averaging 11.7 points off the bench, and has scored in double figures four times. He currently ranks second among rookies in both 3 -point field goal percentage (.485) – behind only Matt Thomas (.565) – and +/- rating (+65).
• Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 24 points and seven assists in 35 minutes Wednesday night against the Magic. VanVleet has had at least four more assists than turnovers in each of the last 10 games (Oct. 30 – Nov. 20). During this span, he’s totaled 81 assists compared to just 22 turnovers.
• The Raptors currently lead the NBA in three-point shooting percentage (.401) and rank fifth in total 3-pointers made (201) – behind Houston (233), New Orleans (225), Milwaukee (212) and Portland (202). Toronto made a season-high 20 3-point field goals Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte – it marked just the fourth time in franchise history the Raptors made 20 or more threes in a single game.
• Pascal Siakam has scored 30+ points in five of the first 14 games this season. He had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season after not reaching the 30-point mark in either of his first two NBA seasons. Siakam recorded his sixth double-double on the year with 18 points, a team high-tying 11 rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes Nov. 20 vs. Orlando.
• Chris Boucher posted his second consecutive double-double, and third of his career, with 14 points and a season high-tying 11 rebounds Nov. 20 vs. Orlando. Boucher leads the Raptors with 26 offensive rebounds this season, including 13 offensive boards in the past two games.
• Toronto will play 11-of-16 games at home in the month of December after playing eight of 13 on the road in November. December is Toronto’s busiest month of the season and includes three back-to-back sets.
• The Raptors have opened the season with six straight victories at home – one win shy of the franchise record to start a year. Toronto began the 2018-19 campaign with seven consecutive wins at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors are one of just four teams in the NBA still without a loss at home this season, joining Boston (5-0), Miami (6-0) and Philadelphia (5-0).
F – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 29.4 REB: 5.4 AST: 1.5 STL: 1.0 TO: 1.1 BLK: 1.1 PTS: 12.2
• Totaled nine points, four rebounds and one block in 23 minutes Nov. 20 vs. Orlando.
• Has scored 10 or more points seven times, including two 20-point performances.
• Ranks second in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (.520); has made multiple 3s in seven games.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 36.7 REB: 8.8 AST: 4.1 STL: 0.8 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 25.1
• Finished with 18 points, a team high-tying 11 rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes Nov. 20 vs. Orlando.
• Has recorded five games of 30+ points; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.
• Ranks 12th in the NBA in scoring (25.1) and fourth in minutes per game (36.7).
C – MARC GASOL #33
MIN: 28.2 REB: 6.9 AST: 3.1 STL: 0.4 TO: 1.6 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 6.4
• Contributed five points, six rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes Nov. 20 vs. Orlando.
• Reached 12,000 career points in the NBA Nov. 16 at Dallas.
• Has collected 10+ rebounds three times, including a season-high 12 rebounds Nov. 2 at Milwaukee.
G – NORMAN POWELL #24
MIN: 27.1 REB: 4.0 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.7 TO: 1.4 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 11.4
• Recorded 15 points, one rebound and two assists in 38 minutes Nov. 20 vs. Orlando.
• Averaging 14.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 30.9 minutes in six games as a starter.
• Has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games (Nov. 8-20); averaging 15.3 points during this stretch.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 37.6 REB: 4.0 AST: 7.6 STL: 1.9 TO: 2.4 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 17.6
• Finished with team highs of 24 points and seven assists in 35 minutes Nov. 20 vs. Orlando.
• Has recorded at least five assists in all 14 games this season — the longest streak of his career.
• Tied for sixth in the NBA in assists (7.6) and ranks second in minutes per game (37.6).
Serge Ibaka (Right ankle sprain) – TBD
Stanley Johnson (Left groin stress reaction) – Out
Kyle Lowry (Distal phalanx fracture – left thumb) – Out
Patrick McCaw (Left knee surgery) – Out
TONIGHT’S GAME DETAILS Opponent: Atlanta Hawks Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: State Farm Arena Television: TSN Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
SERIES RECAP VS. ATLANTA
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2018-19 3-0 1-0 2-0
ALL-TIME 44-45 23-21 21-24
STREAKS Won 7 Won 3 Won 4
LAST WIN: Feb. 7, 2019 (119-101)
LAST ROAD WIN: Feb. 7, 2019 (119-101)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +44, Dec. 3, 2016
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -31, Dec. 2, 2009
LAST TIME VS. ATLANTA
GAME 56 – FEB. 7, 2019 TORONTO 119, ATLANTA 101
ATLANTA — Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 33 points, Fred VanVleet added a career-best 30 and the Raptors rallied after trailing by 17 points in the first half to beat the Atlanta Hawks 119-101 … The Raptors were short-handed after trading four players in two deals … Toronto used only nine players and relied heavily on Siakam, who also had 13 rebounds, and VanVleet with All-Star Kawhi Leonard out due to a sore left knee … Trae Young and Taurean Price each had 19 points for the Hawks … Atlanta led 66-49 in the second quarter … After their big deficit, the Raptors used an 11-0 run to launch their comeback … Danny Green, who had 12 points, sank three free throws to cap the run … Toronto kept the momentum in the third quarter and led 88-85 entering the final period … The Raptors opened the fourth quarter with a 13-3 run to extend the lead in their third straight win … The Hawks scored 68 points in the first half and only 33 after halftime … Kyle Lowry had 13 points while making only 3 of 13 shots from the field … He had 13 assists …. Siakam scored 17 points in the second quarter.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 22 38 28 31 119
ATLANTA 33 35 17 16 101
NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Philadelphia 76ers Date: Monday, November 25, 2019 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
2019-20 TORONTO RAPTORS ROSTER
NO. PLAYER POS HT WT BIRTHDATE PRIOR TO NBA/HOME COUNTRY NBA EXP.
3 OG Anunoby F 6-8 232 7/17/1997 Indiana / England 2
25 Chris Boucher F 6-10 200 1/11/1993 Oregon / Canada 2
12 Oshae Brissett* F 6-8 210 6/20/1998 Syracuse / Canada R
0 Terence Davis ll G 6-4 205 5/16/1997 Mississippi / USA R
33 Marc Gasol C 7-1 255 1/29/1985 Akasvayu Girona / Spain 11
20 Dewan Hernandez C 6-11 235 12/9/1996 Miami / USA R
4 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson F 6-7 217 1/3/1995 Arizona / USA 4
9 Serge Ibaka F-C 6-10 235 9/18/1989 Ricoh Manresa (Spain) / Republic of Congo 10
5 Stanley Johnson F 6-7 245 5/29/1996 Arizona / USA 4
7 Kyle Lowry G 6-1 196 3/25/1986 Villanova / USA 13
22 Patrick McCaw G 6-7 185 10/25/1995 UNLV / USA 3
13 Malcolm Miller G-F 6-7 210 3/6/1993 Holy Cross / USA 2
11 Shamorie Ponds* G 6-1 180 6/29/1998 St. John’s / USA R
24 Norman Powell G 6-4 215 5/25/1993 UCLA / USA 4
43 Pascal Siakam F 6-9 230 4/2/1994 New Mexico State / Cameroon 3
21 Matt Thomas G 6-4 190 8/4/1994 Iowa State / USA R
23 Fred VanVleet G 6-0 195 2/25/1994 Wichita State / USA 3
* Two-way player
HEAD COACH: Nick Nurse (Northern Iowa)
ASSISTANT COACHES: Adrian Griffin (Seton Hall), Sergio Scariolo (Italy), Nate Bjorkgren (Buena Vista), Patrick Mutombo (Metro State), Jim Sann (Colorado), Jon Goodwillie (Brock), Brittni Donaldson (Northern Iowa) ASSISTANT COACH/DIRECTOR OF SPORTS SCIENCE: Alex McKechnie (Leeds School of Physiotherapy) ATHLETIC TRAINER: Scott McCullough (Toronto)
NUMERICAL ROSTER: 0 Terence Davis ll 9 Serge Ibaka 20 Dewan Hernandez 24 Norman Powell 3 OG Anunoby 11 Shamorie Ponds 21 Matt Thomas 25 Chris Boucher 4 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 12 Oshae Brissett 22 Patrick McCaw 33 Marc Gaso 5 Stanley Johnson 13 Malcolm Miller 23 Fred VanVleet 43 Pascal Siakam 7 Kyle Lowry .
HAWKS POSSIBLE STARTERS (STATS NOT INCLUDING FRIDAY AT DETROIT.)
POS NO. PLAYER HT. WT. G GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG MPG FG% 3FG% FT%
F 12 DE’ANDRE HUNTER 6-7 225 14 14 11.1 4.5 1.5 0.8 0.2 30.0 .399 .364 .722
F 5 JABARI PARKER 6-8 245 14 9 17.0 6.1 1.6 1.4 0.6 27.7 .521 .291 .703
C 30 DAMIAN JONES 6-11 245 13 5 6.2 3.6 0.8 0.6 0.9 16.9 .660 .500 .643
G 22 CAM REDDISH 6-8 218 14 12 7.6 3.8 1.7 1.1 0.4 24.5 .298 .235 .786
G 11 TRAE YOUNG 6-1 180 13 13 26.8 3.8 8.6 1.7 0.1 33.7 .440 .361 .816
• Atlanta ranks fourth in the NBA in steals per game and has swiped at least 10 steals in six games this season, tied for the second-most in the league.
• Trae Young is the only NBA player to rank in the Top five in apg (3rd), Top 10 in ppg (7th) and Top 10 in spg (t7th) … Young leads the Eastern Conference in assists per game (8.6) and also has seven games with at least two steals and six games totaling 30+ points or more … He has scored at least 20 points in seven straight games, the second-longest streak of his career (eight games from (3/13/19-3/29/19)
• Jabari Parker has recorded at least two steals in four consecutive games, the longest streak of his career … Parker has recorded seven total games with multiple thefts this season and is averaging 18.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.89 steals on .511 FG% in nine starting assignments … He ranks t24th in the NBA in FG% (.521) and t30th in steals per game (1.36) … The first-year Hawk is 4th in the NBA in slam dunks, throwing down 39 jams through 14 games.
• On 11/20 vs. Milwaukee, Vince Carter led all Hawks reserves with 13 points … He tied a season-high with three 3FGM, adding two assists and one rebound.
• Allen Crabbe has scored in double-figures in back-to-back games, posting 11 points on 11/17 at LAL and scoring 10 points on 11/20 vs. Milwaukee … Crabbe is shooting .462 FG% (6-13), .500 3FG% (4-8) and .833 FT% (5-6) over the last two games.
• De’Andre Hunter recorded the first double-double of his career and posted career-highs in both points (27) and rebounds (11) on 11/20 vs. Mil … Hunter has scored in double figures in six straight games, averaging 15.0 points and knocking down at least one 3-pointer in each contest … Hunter is shooting .483 (14-29) from long distance during the stretch.
• Cam Reddish scored a career-high 17 points on 11/20 vs. Mil, giving him three consecutive contests with at least 10 points for the first time in his career … The rookie from Duke added three rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes of play … Reddish is tied for fifth in steals per game among qualifying first-year players.
INJURY REPORT Cam Reddish (left wrist sprain) is questionable John Collins (league suspension) is out Kevin Huerter (left rotator cuff strain) is out Brandon Goodwin
CAM AND TRAE’S MCDOUBLE: Trae Young and Cam Reddish shot their way to the top of the field in the McDonald’s All-American Three-Point Shootout in consecutive years (2017-18). Young took home the 2017 title in Chicago with a score of 19 and Reddish was named the 2018 co-champion in Atlanta, along with Immanuel Quickley, with a score of 17.
HAWKS NAB THREE DRAFTEES: For the second consecutive year, Atlanta entered the season with three rookies selected within the first 34 picks of the NBA Draft. The Hawks chose Cam Reddish from Duke University with the 10th overall pick on June 20; On July 7, Atlanta acquired the draft rights to the University of Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter, the fourth overall pick, and the draft rights to Bruno Fernando, selected 34th overall out of the University of Maryland. Hunter was originally selected by the Los Angeles Lakers, then traded to New Orleans on July 6. A day later, Atlanta acquired Hunter, along with Solomon Hill, a conditional 2023 second-round pick and the draft rights to Jordan Bone, from the Pelicans in exchange for the draft rights to Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Marcos Louzada Silva and a conditional 2020 first-round pick. The Hawks acquired Fernando’s rights from Philadelphia in exchange for the draft rights to Bone and two second-round draft picks.
WELCOME TO ATLANTA: During the offseason, Atlanta acquired two-time NBA Champion Damian Jones, two former No. 2 overall draft picks (2014’s Jabari Parker and 2010’s Evan Turner), six-year veteran Allen Crabbe and eight-year veteran Chandler Parsons. In 2018-19, Jones posted career-high averages in points (5.4), boards (3.1), assists (1.2), blocks (1.0) and minutes (17.1), earning 22 starting assignments in 24 appearances. Parker saw action in 64 games (17 starts) with Chicago and Washington last season, averaging 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 26.9 minutes (.493 FG%, .313 3FG%, .712 FT%). Parsons has played in 435 career regular season games (369 starts) in eight seasons with Houston, Dallas and Memphis, averaging 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 30.3 minutes. Last season with the Nets, Crabbe averaged 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 26.3 minutes over 43 games (20 starts). In nine seasons with Philadelphia, Indiana, Boston and Portland, Turner has averaged 9.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 27.2 minutes (.435 FG%, .781 FT%).
TERRAPIN TIMES THREE: Bruno Fernando, Kevin Huerter and Alex Len all played collegiately at The University of Maryland. Fernando spent two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19) at Maryland, earning Big Ten All-Freshman honors following his first season and being named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team and First Team All-Big Ten after his sophomore campaign. Huerter started all 33 games as a freshman in College Park in 2016-17 and increased his scoring output to 14.8 points during an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention performance in his sophomore year. Len also spent two years (2011-12 and 2012-13) as a Terp, averaging 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in his sophomore season before becoming the No. 5 overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft.
HIGH-SCORING ST. JOE’S BROS: DeAndre’ Bembry and Charlie Brown Jr. are no strangers to putting up big numbers in a Hawks uniform, having both played at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. The two swingmen are the only players in SJU history to lead the A-10 in scoring; Bembry posted 17.7 ppg in 2014-15 while Brown scored a conference-best 19.0 ppg in 2018-19. Bembry enjoyed a prolific career on Hawk Hill from 2013-16, winning A-10 Co-Rookie of the Year honors in 2013, being named to the A-10 AllConference First Team twice (2015 and 2016) and being named the A-10 Player of the Year in 2016. Brown started 30 of 31 games for the Hawks as a freshman and won the A-10 scoring as a redshirt sophomore last season.
THE CITY OF SOUTHERNLY LOVE Atlanta enters the 2019-20 season with multiple ties to the Philadelphia area: Head Coach Lloyd Pierce was a member of the Sixers’ coaching staff for five seasons prior to arriving in Atlanta; First-year Hawks guard/forward Evan Turner was selected No. 2 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by Philadelphia; Hawks guards DeAndre’ Bembry and Charlie Brown Jr. played their college ball at St. Joseph’s University; Rookie forward De’Andre Hunter is a Philly native; and first-year swingman Cam Reddish is a product of nearby Norristown, PA.
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FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 113, ORLANDO MAGIC 97
DATE: Nov. 20, 2019 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)
Tonight marked Toronto’s 243 rd consecutive sellout (including playoffs) dating to Nov. 11, 2014 – the longest streak in franchise history.
FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS
Orlando 97 6-8 Fournier – 21 Isaac – 13 Vucevic/Augustin – 5
Toronto 113 10-4 VanVleet – 24 Siakam/Boucher – 11 VanVleet – 7
KEY RUN Leading 89-79 with 7:26 left in the fourth quarter, Toronto put the game out of reach with an 11-2 run to extend the lead to 19 points with just under five minutes to play … The Raptors led by double digits the entire fourth quarter …
Pascal Siakam led all scorers with nine points in the final period. KEY STAT The Raptors shot .523 (45-for-86) from the field, while holding Orlando to .385 (35-for-91) shooting from the floor…
Toronto held its opponent below 40 per cent shooting for the sixth time this season.
• With the victory, Toronto improves to 10-4 this season and a perfect 6-0 at home … The Raptors are one of four teams in the NBA still without a loss at home this season.
• Toronto has now won eight of the past 10 regular-season meetings with Orlando, including the last three contests at Scotiabank Arena.
• The Raptors outscored Orlando 68-40 in the paint.
• Fred VanVleet finished with game highs of 24 points and seven assists in 35 minutes … VanVleet posted his fifth 20-point game of the season; something he did five times in 64 contests last season.
• Pascal Siakam registered his sixth double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds in 35 minutes.
• Terence Davis ll scored a career-high 19 points in 27 minutes off the bench … Davis has now scored in double figures in four of the last six games; averaging 11.7 points during this stretch. • The Raptors had five players score double figures – VanVleet (24), Davis ll (19), Siakam (18), Norman Powell (15) and Chris Boucher (14) … Boucher added 11 rebounds for his second double-double.
• With the loss, Orlando falls to 6-8 on the season and 0-5 on the road … The defeat ends the Magic’s three-game win streak … Orlando and Oklahoma City are the only two teams in the NBA without a victory on the road this season.
• Evan Fournier recorded his third straight 20-point game, and fifth this season, with a team-high 21 points in 28 minutes … Fournier is averaging 24.0 points over the last three games.
• Jonathan Isaac recorded 16 points and tied a career-high 13 rebounds in 34 minutes … Isaac posted his sixth career double-double and third this season.
• The Magic had five players score in double digits – Fournier (21), Isaac (16), Terrence Ross (14), Markelle Fultz (12) and Khem Birch (12) … Birch’s 12 points were one shy of a career high. • Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic both sustained right ankle sprains in the first half and did not play in the second half.
GAME #14 – TORONTO RAPTORS (9-4) vs. ORLANDO MAGIC (6-7) WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20, 2019 – 7:30 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENA TV: TSN – RADIO: TSN 1050 TORONTO
RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors look to extend their unbeaten streak at home Wednesday night when they welcome the Orlando Magic to Scotiabank Arena for the second time this season. The Raptors are one of four NBA teams to remain undefeated at home, joining Boston (5-0), Miami (5-0) and Philadelphia (4-0).
• Toronto has won seven of the last nine games vs. the Orlando, including the first meeting this season. Pascal Siakam scored 24 points and Marc Gasol recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the last game against the Magic on Oct. 28.
• The Raptors set a franchise record with 40 assists on 50 made field goals Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte. The previous record was 39 assists set Dec. 15, 1997 vs. Indiana. Marc Gasol led Toronto with a season-high nine assists Monday against the Hornets. Gasol has now registered five or more assists four times this season.
• Toronto outscored the Hornets 20-5 on the fast-break Monday night. Toronto is the only NBA team that has scored as many or more fast-break points than their opponent in every game they have played this season. The Raptors currently lead the NBA averaging 21.5 fast-break points through 13 games.
• The Raptors currently rank first in the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.407). Toronto has held its opponent below 40 per cent shooting from the floor five times this season.
• OG Anunoby recorded a career-high 24 points (10-13 FG, 4-7 3PT) and five rebounds Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte. Anunoby scored 20+ points for the sixth time in his career and second time this season. The Raptors are a perfect 6-0 all-time when Anunoby scores at least 20 points
. • The Raptors lead the NBA in three-point shooting percentage (.405) and rank third in total three-pointers made (192) – behind only Houston (221) and New Orleans (196). Toronto also rank second in the league – behind the Rockets (39.6%) – in percentage of points from three-point field goals (39.1%). The Raptors made a season-high 20 threes Monday against the Hornets – it marked just the fourth time in franchise history Toronto made 20+ three-pointers in a single game.
• Terence Davis II recorded career highs of 16 points and seven assists Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte. Davis has scored in double figures in three of the last five games (Nov. 10-18), averaging 10.2 points during this span. He ranks third among rookies in +/- rating (+43) and fourth in three-point shooting percentage (.464).
• Pascal Siakam has scored 30+ points in five of his 13 games this season. He had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season after not reaching the 30-point mark in either of his first two NBA seasons. Siakam finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte.
• Fred VanVleet has had at least four more assists than turnovers in each of the last nine games (Oct. 30 – Nov. 18). During this span, VanVleet has totaled 74 assists compared to just 19 turnovers.
• Matt Thomas scored six points (2-4 3PT) Monday vs. Charlotte. Thomas currently ranks second in the NBA with a .565 (13-for-23) three-point shooting percentage. Thomas has made multiple threes in five games this season, including three times in his last four outings (Nov. 11-18).
F – OG ANUNOBY #3 MIN: 29.9 REB: 5.5 AST: 1.7 STL: 1.2 TO: 1.1 BLK: 1.1 PTS: 12.4
• Record career-best 24 points (10-13 FG, 4-7 3PT) and five rebounds in 27 minutes Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte. • Has scored 10 or more points seven times, including two 20-point performances. • Ranks third in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.532); has made three or more threes four times.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43 MIN: 36.9 REB: 8.6 AST: 4.2 STL: 0.8 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 25.7
• Finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte. • Has recorded five games of 30+ points; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season. • Ranked 10th in the NBA in scoring (25.7) and fourth in minutes per game (36.9).
C – MARC GASOL #33 MIN: 28.1 REB: 6.9 AST: 3.0 STL: 0.3 TO: 1.7 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 6.5
• Contributed five points, eight rebounds and a team-high nine assists in 29 minutes Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte. • Reached 12,000 career points in the NBA Nov. 16 at Dallas. • Has collected 10+ rebounds three times, including a season-high 12 rebounds Nov. 2 at Milwaukee.
G – NORMAN POWELL #24
MIN: 26.3 REB: 4.2 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.8 TO: 1.4 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 11.1
• Recorded 17 points and a career–high six assists in 25 minutes Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte. • Averaging 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 29.6 minutes in five games as a starter. • Has scored in double figures in five of the last six games (Nov. 8-18); averaging 15.3 points during this stretch.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23 MIN: 37.9 REB: 4.2 AST: 7.6 STL: 1.8 TO: 2.4 BLK: 0.2 PTS: 17.2
• Recorded 11 points, eight assists, four rebounds and tied a career high with four steals Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte. • Has recorded at least five assists in all 13 games this season – the longest streak of his career. • Tied for seventh in the NBA in assists (7.6) and second in minutes per game (37.9).
INJURY REPORT Serge Ibaka (Right ankle sprain) – Out. Stanley Johnson (Left groin stress reaction) – Out. Kyle Lowry (Distal phalanx fracture – left thumb) – Out. Patrick McCaw (Left knee surgery) – Out .
LAST TIME VS. ORLANDO
GAME 4 – OCT., 2019 TORONTO 104, ORLANDO 95 TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Pascal Siakam added 24 and the Raptors withstood a late rally to beat the Magic 104-95 for their third win in four games to start the year … Marc Gasol had 10 points and 10 rebounds, Fred VanVleet scored 14 and OG Anunoby added 12 as the Raptors won for the 10th time in 15 regular-season meetings with Orlando … Jonathan Isaac scored a career-high 24 points, Evan Fournier had 18 and Markelle Fultz 13 for the Magic, who have lost two straight … Isaac and Fultz combined to shoot 13 for 21, but the rest of the Magic went 21 for 68 … Orlando center Nikola Vucevic finished 1 for 13 and scored five points in 25 minutes … He did not play in the fourth … The Magic trailed 81-67 after VanVleet’s three-point play to begin the final quarter, but Terrence Ross’ 3-pointer with 4:18 to play capped a 13-0 run that gave Orlando an 89-87 lead, its first since being up 9-7 … After a timeout, Siakam halted the run with a three-point play … Fultz replied with a reverse layup but Lowry hit a 3, then made a pair of free throws to put Toronto ahead 95-91 with 2:35 to go … Lowry was later fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three at the line.
Orlando Magic (6-7) vs. Toronto Raptors (9-4) Game #14 – Road Game #5 Scotiabank Arena – Toronto, Ontario, Canada Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. ET .
MAGIC PROBABLE STARTERS:
Position # Player Ht. Wt. Comments
Forward 1 Jonathan Isaac 6-10 210 2019-20: 12.1 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 1.6 apg., 2.82 blkpg., 1.27 stlpg.
Led (or tied) the team in scoring once…Scored in double figures eight times and 20+ points twice, including a career-high 24 points on Oct. 28 @ Toronto…Had two double-doubles.
Forward 00 Aaron Gordon 6-9 220 2019-20: 13.9 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 3.1 apg.
Led (or tied) the team in scoring twice, in rebounding once and in assists twice…Scored in double figures 11 times and 20+ points twice, including a season-high 23 points on Nov. 6 @ Dallas…Had two doubledoubles.
Center 9 Nikola Vučević 7-0 260 2019-20: 18.2 ppg., 12.1 rpg., 3.4 apg., 1.08 blkpg.
Led (or tied) the team in scoring six times, in rebounding 11 times and in assists three times…Scored in double figures 12 times, 20+ points six times and 30+ points once, including a season-high 30 points on Nov. 17 vs. Washington…Had teamhigh ten double-doubles.
Guard 10 Evan Fournier 6-7 205 2019-20: 16.8 ppg., 3.5 apg., 3.2 rpg.
Led (or tied) the team in scoring four times and in assists four times…Scored in double figures 11 times and 20+ points four times, including a season-high 26 points on Nov. 15 vs. San Antonio.
Guard 20 Markelle Fultz 6-4 209 2019-20: 10.5 ppg., 3.1 apg., 2.2 rpg., 1.31 stlpg.
Led (or tied) the team in assists four times…Scored in double figures seven times, including a career-high 19 points on Nov. 17 vs. Washington.
Nov. 20 @ Toronto: Orlando is 39-47 all-time vs. Toronto (21-19 at home, 18-26 on the road, 0-1 at London) during regular season action, including 0-1 this season (see recap below)…The teams split 2-2 last season…The Magic are 5-5 in postseason play against the Raptors (4-1 in 2008 First Round; 1-4 in 2019 First Round)…The Magic have lost10 of the last 15 regular season meetings with the Raptors and 20 of the last 26 overall…Orlando has lost ten of the last 13 meetings at home (including one at London) and 11 of the last 13 at Toronto…D.J. Augustin appeared in10 games with Toronto during the 2013-14 season…Khem Birch is a native of Montreal and is a member of the Canadian Men’s National Team…Terrence Ross was originally selected in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft by Toronto and spent his first four-plus NBA seasons (2012-17, 363 games) with the Raptors before being traded to Orlando on Feb. 14, 2017…President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman spent four seasons (2013-17) with Toronto, including his final season as General Manager in 2016-17…Assistant Coach Tyrone Corbin played in 15 games with the Raptors during his final NBA season in 2000-01…For last season’s stats vs. Toronto, see p. 312 of the media guide…
Oct. 28 @ Toronto – Raptors 104, Magic 95: Kyle Lowry led five Raptors in double figures with 26 points, as Toronto defeated Orlando, 104-95, at Scotiabank Arena. Pascal Siakam tallied 24 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, while Fred VanVleet added 14 points. Jonathan Isaac led the Magic with a career-high 24 points, while Evan Fournier netted 18 points. Both teams struggled shooting from the floor – Toronto shot 38.8 percent, while Orlando shot 38.2 percent. Toronto led 31-22 after the first quarter and by as many as 14 points. The Magic would not give up and fought back during the fourth quarter. Terrence Ross nailed a three-pointer with 4:18 left in the game, capping off a 13-0 run and giving Orlando an 89-87 lead. However, the Raptors would respond later with a 10-2 spurt and put the game out of reach. BEST ALL-TIME SCORING PERFORMANCE VS. RAPTORS: 39 pts., Dwight Howard (@ Toronto, 1-4-09) BEST ALL-TIME SCORING PERFORMANCE VS. MAGIC: 41 pts., Chris Bosh (@ Toronto, 2-7-07)
HOMELAND… Orlando is 6-3 this season at the Amway Center…The Magic were 25-16 last season at home (including two wins Dec. 13-15 in Mexico City)…The 25 home wins were the most in a season for Orlando since 2010-11, where they went 29-12…Orlando has gone 178-189 (.485) at the Amway Center since it opened in 2010-11…The Magic closed Amway Arena after 2009-10 with an all-time record of 535309 (.634) in that building.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN… Orlando is 0-4 this season away from home…The Magic were 17-24 last season on the road…The 17 road wins were the most since 2010-11 (23-18 record).
ROAD RULES During the 2019-20 season, the Orlando Magic will travel a total of 41,832 miles.
Last season, the Orlando Magic won four consecutive road games from Feb. 9-24, 2019…It marked the first time since Jan. 8-16, 2012 that the Magic had won four straight road games…The last time the Orlando Magic won five consecutive road games was Mar. 1-22, 2010.
OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOR… The Orlando Magic are averaging 102.2 ppg. (1,329 points) this season, recorded 100+ points six times (4-2 record), 110+ points four times (4-0 record), and 120+ points once (1-0 record), including a season-high 125 points on Nov. 17 vs. Washington…Last season, the Magic averaged 107.3 ppg. (8,800 points), scored 100+ points 57 times (38-19 record), 110+ points 36 times (25-11 record) and 120+ points 13 times (11-2 record).
The Orlando Magic are shooting .426 (487-1,143) from the floor this season…Last season, the Magic shot .454 (3,316-7,307) from the floor and shot 50 percent or better 19 times (14-5 record)…Since the 2008-09 campaign, Orlando is 140-41 (.773) when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
THREE’S COMPANY… The Orlando Magic have made at least one 3-point field goal in 997 consecutive games, dating all the way back to Mar. 17, 2007 (last game without a 3-pointer: Mar. 14, 2007 vs. Utah, 0-for-9)…It stands as the fifth-longest active streak in the NBA…The Phoenix Suns have connected on at least one 3-pointer in 1,234 games dating back from Mar. 29, 2004, the longest streak in NBA history…The last time an NBA team did not make a 3-pointer was Feb. 5, 2016, when Miami went 0-for-9 @ Charlotte.
The Orlando Magic are shooting .305 (124-407) from 3-point range this season and have made 10+ 3-pointers seven times (4-3 record), including a season-high 15 3-pointers on Nov. 10 vs. Indiana and Nov. 17 vs. Washington…Last season, the Magic shot .356 (937-2,633) from 3-point range, which ranked 11th in the NBA, and made 10+ 3-pointers 63 times (37-26 record).
Last season, the Magic broke the team records for most 3-pointers made and attempted in single season, which were both set in 2017-18, shooting 844-of-2,405.
MAGIC TRICKS – FROM WAY DOWNTOWN On Nov. 1 vs. Milwaukee, the Magic (37) and Bucks (47) combined for 84 3-point attempts, breaking the franchise record for most 3-point attempts by two teams combined in a single game…The old record was 72, set on Jan. 6, 2017 vs. Houston.
BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE… The Orlando Magic are shooting .799 (231-289) from the free throw line this season, which ranks seventh in the NBA (as of Nov. 19)…Last season, the Magic shot a team-record .782 (1,231-1,575) from the free throw line, which ranked 12th in the NBA…The previous team record for highest free throw percentage in a season was .777 (1,616-2,079), set during the 2002-03 campaign.
NOTHING’S FOR FREE On Nov. 10 vs. Indiana, the Magic (6) and Pacers (5) combined for 11 free throw attempts, breaking the NBA record for fewest free throw attempts by two teams combined in a single game…The old NBA record was 12, set on Mar. 28, 1980 by the L.A. Lakers (3) and San Diego (9).
QUARTERLY REPORT… The Orlando Magic scored 30+ points during a quarter 11 times this season, including a season-high 37 points during the fourth quarter on Nov. 17 vs. Washington…Last season, the Magic had 30+ points in a quarter 113 times…The most points ever scored in any quarter in franchise history is 49, set on Feb. 20, 1995 @ Milwaukee (third quarter).
BALANCING ACT… The Orlando Magic had five-or-more players score in double figures ten times this season (4-6 record), had six-plus players score in double figures five times (3-2 record) and a season-high seven players with 10+ points twice (2-0 record) on Nov. 13 vs. Philadelphia and Nov. 15 vs. San Antonio…Last season, the Magic had five-or-more players scored in double figures 48 times (29-19 record), had six-or-more players score in double figures 23 times (15-8 record) and a season-high seven players score 10+ six times (4-2 record)…Orlando has had a team-record eight players score 10+ points seven times in franchise history.
SPREADING IT OUT On both Nov. 13 vs. Philadelphia and Nov. 15 vs. San Antonio, Orlando had seven players score in double figures…The last time the Magic had seven-or-more players score in double figures in consecutive games was Jan. 31, 2018 vs. L.A. Lakers and Feb. 3, 2018 vs. Washington.
THIS SPACE IS RESERVED… The Orlando Magic reserves are averaging 31.6 ppg. (411 points) this season…Orlando’s bench has outscored (or tied) the opposition’s four times (2-2 record)…Last season, the Magic averaged 35.9 ppg. (2,940 points), scored 40+ points 31 times (20-11 record) and outscored (or tied) their opponent’s reserves 41 times (26-15 record)…The most points scored off the bench in team history is 85, done on Mar. 26, 1995 vs. Golden State.
DISHING IT OUT… The Orlando Magic are averaging 22.5 apg. (293 assists) this season and have dished out 20+ assists 11 times (6-5 record), including a season-high 27 assists on Nov. 10 vs. Indiana and Nov. 13 vs. Philadelphia…Last season, the Magic averaged 25.5 apg. (2,095 assists), which ranked 12th in the NBA, dished out 20+ assists 75 times (42-33 record) and 30+ assists 14 times (10-4 record).
HANDLE WITH CARE… The Orlando Magic are averaging 13.0 topg. (169 turnovers) this season, which ranks second in the NBA (as of Nov. 19)…Orlando is allowing 16.00 ppg. off its turnovers (208 points), which ranks fifth in the league…Last season, the Magic averaged 13.2 topg. (1,082 turnovers), which ranked fifth in the NBA, and allowed 14.71 ppg. off its turnovers (1,206 points), which ranked third in the league.
The Orlando Magic have an assists-to-turnover ratio of 1.73 (293/169) this season, which ranks eighth in the NBA…Last season, the Magic had an assists-to-turnover ratio of 1.94 (2,095/1,082), which ranked fifth in the NBA.
MUST GET DEFENSIVE… The Orlando Magic are allowing 101.5 ppg. (1,320 points) this season, which ranks third in the NBA (as of Nov. 19)…Orlando has held its opponent to under 100 points five times (4-1 record) and under 90 points three times (3-0 record), including a season-low 83 points on Oct. 30 vs. New York…Last season, the Magic allowed 106.6 ppg. (8,742 points), which ranked fifth in the NBA, and held their opponents to under 100 points 22 times (19-3 record).
The Orlando Magic are allowing opponents to shoot .441 (498-1,129) from the floor this season, which ranks tenth in the NBA (as of Nov. 19)…Orlando has held its opponents under 50 percent nine times (5-4 record) and under 40 percent five times (3-2 record), including a season-low .370 (27-73) on Nov. 2 vs. Denver…Last season, the Magic allowed the opposition to shoot .456 (3,274-7,185) from the floor, which ranked 11th in the NBA, held their opponents under 50 percent 63 times (36-27 record) and under 40 percent nine times (9-0 record).
The Magic are also holding the opposition to .344 (144-419) from three-point range, which ranks 12th in the NBA (as of Nov. 19)…Last season, the Magic held the opposition to .347 (858-2,475) from three-point range, which ranked tenth in the league.
Orlando is allowing 42.62 points in the paint per game (554 points), which ranks fourth in the NBA (as of Nov. 19), and 12.08 fast break points per game (157 points), which ranks sixth in the league…Last season, the Magic allowed 47.24 points in the paint per game (3,874 points), which ranked eighth in the NBA, and 12.71 fast break points per game (1,042 points), which ranked ninth in the league.
ON THE REBOUND… The Orlando Magic are averaging 47.5 rpg. (617 rebounds) this season, which is tied for fifth in the NBA (as of Nov. 19)…The Magic are averaging 11.15 orpg. (145 offensive rebounds), which is tied for seventh in the NBA, and 36.31 drpg. (472 defensive rebounds), which ranks tenth in the league…Last season, the Magic averaged 45.4 rpg. (3,724 rebounds).
Orlando currently has an offensive rebound percentage of .233 (145 off. rebounds/476 opponent def. rebounds/621 possible off. rebounds), which ranks 12th in the NBA (as of Nov. 19), a defensive rebound percentage of .810 (472 def. rebounds/111 opponent off. rebounds/583 total possible def. rebounds), which ranks third in the NBA, and a total rebound percentage of .522 (.233 off. rebound percentage + .810 def. rebound percentage / 2), which ranks fourth in the league…The Magic are also giving up 11.85 second chance points per game (154 second chance points), which ranks sixth in the NBA…Last season, the Magic had a defensive rebound percentage of .797, which ranked third in the league, a total rebound percentage of .508, which ranked eighth in the NBA, and gave up 10.99 second chance points per game (901 second chance points), which led the NBA.
BEEN CAUGHT STEALING… The Orlando Magic are averaging 7.77 stlpg. (101 steals) this season…The Magic have recorded 10+ steals three times (2-1 record), including a season-high 14 steals on Nov. 6 @ Dallas…Last season, the Magic averaged 6.62 stlpg. (543 steals).
Orlando also has a steals-to-turnover ratio of 0.60 (101/169), which ranks third in the league.
BLOCK PARTY… The Orlando Magic are averaging 6.31 blkpg. (82 blocked shots) this season, which ranks second in the NBA (as of Nov. 19)…The Magic have recorded 10+ blocked shots three times (1-2 record), including a season-high 12 blocks on Nov. 10 vs. Indiana…Last season, the Magic averaged 5.43 blkpg. (445 blocked shots), which ranked sixth in the NBA.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK …On both Nov. 6 @ Dallas and Nov. 8 vs. Indiana, the Orlando Magic had 10 blocked shots…The Magic then recorded a season-high 12 blocks on Nov. 10 vs. Indiana…It marks the first time in franchise history that the Magic have recorded 10+ blocked shots in three consecutive games…The last time an NBA team had four straight games with 10+ blocks was Milwaukee, Jan. 5-11, 2013…The NBA record is seven consecutive games, set by Washington, Jan. 5-14, 1986.
SELLING “STOCKS” (STEALS/BLOCKS) On Nov. 6 @ Dallas, the Orlando Magic tallied 14 steals and 10 blocked shots…The following game, Nov. 8 vs. Memphis, they recorded 10 steals and 10 blocks…It marks the first time in franchise history that the Magic have recorded 10+ steals and 10+ blocked shots in consecutive games.
DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK… On Nov. 15 vs. San Antonio, Orlando rallied from a 16-point deficit and defeated San Antonio, 111-109, marking their largest comeback victory of the season…The largest overall comeback ever in Orlando Magic history is 25 points, set back on Nov. 8, 1989 @ Cleveland…Here’s a look at the biggest comebacks in Orlando Magic history:
DATE/OPPONENT DEFICIT OVERCOME TO WIN Nov. 8, 1989 @ Cleveland 25 Mar. 3, 2011 @ Miami 24 Nov. 21, 2014 @ Charlotte 23 Apr. 21, 1996 @ Charlotte 23 Dec. 8, 2003 vs. Phoenix 22
VOOCH SEEING DOUBLE… Nikola Vučević has recorded a team-high ten double-doubles this season, which is tied for fourth in the NBA (as of Nov. 19), and now has 295 double-doubles during his NBA career…Last season, he had a team-high and career-high 60 double-doubles, which ranked third in the NBA…Vučević recorded his 200th career NBA double-double on Nov. 5, 2017 vs. Boston.
Nikola Vučević stands second in Orlando Magic history with 293 double-doubles…On Oct. 30, 2018 vs. Sacramento, he passed Shaquille O’Neal (226) for second all-time.
PLAYER DOUBLE-DOUBLES Dwight Howard 457 NIKOLA VUČEVIĆ 293 Shaquille O’Neal 226 Horace Grant/Scott Skiles 98
Nikola Vučević has recorded 25+ double-doubles for seven consecutive seasons…That is the longest active streak in the NBA.
MAGIC TRICKS – MORE DOUBLE-DOUBLES Nikola Vučević also stands second in Orlando Magic history with 315 games with 10+ rebounds (Howard, 486), including 11 games this season (61 last season).