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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.