GAME #44 – TORONTO RAPTORS (22-21) vs. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (19-26) SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, 2022 – 6 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENA TV: SPORTSNET – RADIO: TSN 1050 TORONTO
• The Toronto Raptors play the first of consecutive home games (Jan. 23-25) Sunday night against the Portland Trail Blazers at Scotiabank Arena. Fred VanVleet hit a tiebreaking three-pointer with 59 seconds to lay, and the Raptors hung on to beat the Wizards, 109-105, in Washington on Friday. Scottie Barnes scored a career-high 27 points, VanVleet had 21 and had 12 assists and Pascal Siakam also scored 21 points in the win for Toronto, which finished its recent five-game road trip with a 2-3 record (Jan. 14-21). The Raptors are now 7-4 in the month of January. • Rookie Scottie Barnes scored a career-high 27 points (12-19 FG, 3-4 FT), including 10 in the third quarter, and grabbed eight rebounds in 40 minutes Jan. 21 at Washington. Barnes ranks second among rookies in rebounds (7.9), and fourth in both scoring (14.8) and assists (3.4). He also leads all rookies with eight games of 20+ points and 5+ rebounds this season. • Pascal Siakam is currently averaging 21.0 points, and career highs of 8.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists. He is one of just six players in the NBA averaging 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists this season, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, James Harden, and Nikola Jokic. • Fred VanVleet posted his second straight double-double, and eighth double-double of the season, with 21 points and 12 assists Jan. 21 at Washington. VanVleet recorded five double-doubles in 52 games last season. VanVleet is averaging career highs of 21.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists this year. The Raptors are 5-3 this season when he records a double-double. • Fred VanVleet (3.8) and Gary Trent Jr. (3.5) currently rank second and fourth, respectively, in the NBA in deflections per game. VanVleet has led the NBA in deflections per game each of the past two seasons, while Trent Jr. also ranks fourth in the league in steals (1.88). The Raptors lead the NBA in deflections per game (18.1) this season and rank third in steals (9.2). • Scottie Barnes leads the Raptors, and all rookies, with 101 offensive rebounds in 36 games this season. Barnes is the fastest rookie to reach 100 offensive rebounds in franchise history. Chris Bosh holds the Raptors rookie record with 191 offensive boards during the 2003-04 campaign. The Raptors lead the NBA in offensive rebounds per game (13.5) and rank second (16.8) in second-chance points. Through 11 games in January, Toronto has outrebounded opponents 167-to-109 (+58) on the offensive end. • Friday night marked the 11th time this season Toronto had at least six players score 10+ points. The Raptors are 8-3 this season, including 4-0 in the month of January, when six or more players score in double figures. Reserve Chris Boucher finished with 10 points against the Wizards and has now scored 10+ points in six consecutive games (Jan. 11-21), averaging 14.3 points and 9.7 rebounds during this stretch. PROBABLE STARTERS F – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 36.5 REB: 5.3 AST: 2.3 STL: 1.6 TO: 1.8 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 18.9 • Tallied 12 points, and team highs of nine rebounds and four steals, in 41 minutes Jan. 21 at Washington. • Has scored in double figures in 12 straight games (Dec. 28 – Jan. 21), averaging 18.3 points during this stretch. • Scored 20+ points in 13-of-28 games this season, something he did 13 times in 43 contests last year. F – SCOTTIE BARNES #4
MIN: 35.5 REB: 7.9 AST: 3.4 STL: 1.0 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 14.8 • Scored a career-high 27 points Jan. 21 at Washington; added eight rebounds in 40 minutes • Ranks second among rookies in rebounds (7.9), and fourth in both scoring (14.8) and assists (3.4). • Has scored 20+ points eight times, the most by Raptors rookie since Charlie Villanueva (12 times) in 2005-06. C – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 36.7 REB: 8.3 AST: 4.9 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.6 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 21.0 • Finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, and four assists in 41 minutes Jan. 21 at Washington. • Has scored 20+ points in six of the last seven games (Jan. 9-21), averaging 23.3 points during this span. • Averaging 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 6.2 assists through 11 games in the month of January. G – GARY TRENT JR. #33
MIN: 33.9 REB: 2.8 AST: 2.1 STL: 1.9 TO: 0.9 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 16.3 • Contributed 13 points, one rebound, one assist, and one steal in 29 minutes Jan. 21 at Washington. • Returned to the lineup against the Wizards after missing the previous six games with left ankle swelling. • Ranks fourth in the NBA in steals (1.88); has recorded multiple steals in 20-of-34 games. G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 38.1 REB: 4.7 AST: 6.9 STL: 1.7 TO: 2.6 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 21.8 • Recorded his eighth double-double with 21 points and 12 assists in 39 minutes Jan. 21 at Washington. • Has made six or more three-point field goals in a single-season franchise record nine games. • Has tallied 10+ assists in consecutive games (Jan. 19-21) for the second time in his career; totalling 24 assists.
INJURY REPORT Khem Birch (Nose; Fracture) – Out Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out David Johnson (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out UPDATED: Jan. 23, 2022 NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Charlotte Hornets Date: Tuesday, January 25 Tip-Off: 7 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN SERIES RECAP VS. CHARLOTTE OVERALL HOME ROAD 2020-21 2-1 2-0 0-1 ALL-TIME 40-46 26-19 14-27 STREAKS Lost 1 Won 2 Lost 1 LAST WIN: Jan. 16, 2021 (116-113) LAST HOME WIN: Jan. 16, 2021 (116-113) LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +36 (Nov. 18, 2019) LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -36 (Nov. 20, 2000) LAST TIME VS. CHARLOTTE GAME 38 – MARCH 13, 2021 CHARLOTTE 114, TORONTO 104 CHARLOTTE — LaMelo Ball had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Charlotte defeated the short-handed Toronto Raptors 114-104 in the Hornets’ first game with the general public allowed to attend … Devonte Graham and Terry Rozier each added 17 points for the Hornets, who seemed to feed off having fans — about 3,000 of them … Charlotte jumped out to a 25-4 lead and set a franchise record with 11 3-pointers in the first quarter in building a 44-24 lead … Ball finished 6 of 9 from 3-point range … Kyle Lowry finished with 19 points and eight assists to lead the Raptors, who lost their fourth straight game without Pascal Siakam, Fred Van Vleet, Patrick McCaw, OG Anunoby and Malachi Flynn due to health and safety protocols … Ball, Rozier and Graham each had three 3s in the opening quarter and combined for 15 in the game … Malik Monk added 16 points for the Hornets … Charlotte led by 25 entering the fourth quarter and the only question at that point was if they would set a franchise record for 3- pointers … But the Hornets, who played their reserves most of the fourth quarter, made just one 3 in the fourth quarter and finished the game 21 of 49 from beyond the arc … Chris Boucher needed three stitches in his lip after taking a shot during the second half … Charlotte committed a season-high 28 turnovers and had 30 assists. 1 2 3 4 TOT TORONTO 24 28 21 31 104 CHARLOTTE 44 23 31 16 114 GAME 43 – JANUARY 21, 2022 TORONTO 109, WASHINGTON 105 WASHINGTON — Fred VanVleet hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 59 seconds to play, and the Toronto Raptors hung on after blowing an 18-point fourth-quarter lead to beat the Washington Wizards 109-105 … Rookie Scottie Barnes scored a career-high 27 points, VanVleet scored 21 and had 12 assists, Pascal Siakam also scored 21 points for Toronto, which went 2-3 on a five-game trip … Bradley Beal led Washington with 25 points … He also had eight assists, but committed nine turnovers, equaling his career high … The Wizards, who began the season 10-3, are 13- 20 since … Beal scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, and the Wizards tied the game at 102 on five straight points from Montrezl Harrell, who converted a three-point play and then dunked … OG Anunoby scored on a layup and Siakam hit two free throws to seal the game … Toronto took control with a 22-6 run that gave it a 91-77 lead after three quarters … Barnes scored 10 points in the third … The Raptors were up 95-77 early in the fourth quarter … Toronto’s Yuta Watanabe, who didn’t play in the last two games, returned and matched up with Washington’s Rui Hachimura, the second time in NBA history two Japanese players faced each other … Hachimura had 11 points, and Watanabe didn’t score in six minutes … Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. returned after missing six games with a left ankle injury, he scored 13 points. 1 2 3 4 TOT TORONTO 20 35 36 18 109 WASHINGTON 30 24 23 28 105
PORTLAND’S PREVIOUS GAME STARTERS Forward 9 Nassir Little 6-5 230 9.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 apg Forward 33 Robert Covington. 6-7 225 7.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.1 apg Center 27 Jusuf Nurkic 7-0 285 14.3 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.8 apg Guard 3 CJ McCollum 6-3 200 20.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.3 apg Guard 1 Anfernee Simons 6-3 195 15.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.4 apg
NEWS AND NOTES LEADING THE WAY: The Trail Blazers hired Chauncey Billups as the 15th head coach in franchise history on June 27, 2021. Billups is making his debut as a head coach in the 2021-22 season. He spent the 2020-21 season as an assistant coach for the LA Clippers, helping lead the team to a 47-25 record and a trip to the Western Conference Finals. NURK IN THE NEW YEAR: Jusuf Nurkic continued his hot start to 2022 with his fourth consecutive game with 18-plus points and 14-plus rebounds on Jan. 19 at Boston, making him the only player in the NBA with such a streak this season. His final stat line – 29 points, 17 rebounds and six assists marks his sixth career 25/15/5 performance, the most of any Trail Blazer in the last 40 years (LaMarcus Aldridge – 3). His 13.6 rebounds per game in January rank 2nd in the NBA while his 4.0 assists and 17.8 points rank 7th and 9th among centers. RESPECT THE HUSTLE: Robert Covington is the only player in the NBA this season with 60-plus steals and 50-plus blocks. He ranks in the Top-30 in both categories, averaging 1.4 steals per game and 1.3 blocks per game. Covington has seven games this season with at least two blocks and two steals, 3rd-most in the league. NURK 20-20: Jusuf Nurkic turned in a monster performance at Orlando on Jan. 17, registering a double-double in the first half for the second straight game and fifth time this season. He finished the night with 21 points (10-21 FG, 0-3 3-PT, 1-2 FT), 22 rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks. It marked his third career 20-20 game and the ninth such performance in the NBA this season. He is the 11th player in team history to record at least four career games with 20-plus rebounds. ONLY NURK: Jusuf Nurkic recorded 20-plus rebounds and 4-plus steals on Jan. 17 vs. Orlando, making him the only player in the NBA to record that stat line this season. He is also the only player in franchise history to finish a game with 21 points, 22 rebounds and four steals, which he has done twice (1/1/19 at Sac.) SIMONS CAN’T BE STOPPED: Anfernee Simons knocked down seven three-pointers in the first half at Washington on Jan. 15, becoming the sixth player in NBA history to record five games with seven-plus three-pointers before turning 23. He finished the half with 26 points and six assists, just the fifth player to record that stat line in one half this season. Simons followed it up with 20 points in the first half at Miami on Jan. 19, giving him four 20-plus point halves in his last eight games. STARTING FIVE: The starting lineup of Nassir Little, Robert Covington, Jusuf Nurkic, Ben McLemore and Anfernee Si- mons became the first Portland unit this season to all score in double figures on Jan. 10 vs. Brooklyn. The unit repeated the effort on Jan. 15 at Washington. RED HOT ANT: Anfernee Simons is off to a scorching start to 2022, he has set career-highs in points (43) and assists (11) while turning in 20-plus point performances in five of six games. His 23 point (10-24 FG, 2-11 3-PT, 1-2 FT), 11 assist and six rebound performance against Brooklyn on Jan. 10 marked his first double-double of the season, a repeat performance of 31 points and 11 assists on Jan. 15 marked his second. In 2022, Simons is averaging 25.7 points, 7.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 49.4% from the field, 43.3% from deep and 87.9% at the line. DOUBLE-FIGURE STREAK: Nassir Little and Ben McLemore have each recorded five consecutive games scoring in double figures between Jan. 9 and Jan. 17, for Little it represented a career-long streak. BACK-TO-BACK: Anfernee Simons scored 28 points against Miami on Jan. 5, which included a 20-point third quarter in which he shot 7-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from the threepoint-line. It marks the first time in his career that Simons scored 20-plus points in consecutive games. ROCO IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Robert Covington became the first player in franchise history, and 23rd in NBA history, to fin- ish a game with at least five three-pointers, three steals and three blocks when he did so against Brooklyn on Jan. 10. He finished the game with 21 points (6-9 FG, 5-8 3-PT, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, three steals, three blocks and one assist. ANT’S CAREER NIGHT: Anfernee Simons scored a career-high 43 points (13-21 FG, 9-16 3-PT, 8-8 FT) to go with three rebounds and seven assists against Atlanta on Jan. 3. At 22 years and 209 days old, Simons became the youngest player in franchise history to score 40-plus points in a game (Petrie, 22 years and 259 days). Simons is also the first player in NBA history to have two games with nine or more three-pointers before turning 23. MORE FLORIDIAN YOUTH: Nassir Little recorded 22 points (8- 14 FG, 4-5 3-PT, 2-3 FT) to go with nine rebounds, two assists and one steal against the Hawks on Jan. 3. Little is the sixth player in team history to record two or more games of at least 20 points and nine rebounds before turning 22, joining Lloyd Neal, Greg Oden, Bill Walton, LaMarcus Aldridge and Zach Randolph. MAXIMUM NORM: Norman Powell scored 26 points (9-13 FG, 2-5 3-PT, 6-7 FT) to go with six rebounds, four assists and four steals against the Hawks on Jan. 3. Powell is one of seven players in the NBA that is averaging at least 18.0 points while shooting better than 45.0% from the field and 39.0% from three. BEN BUCKETS: Ben McLemore matched his season high with 28 points (9-22 FG, 6-14 3-PT, 4-4 FT) at the Lakers on Dec. 31.
He scored 16 of his points in nine first quarter minutes on 6-of-9 shooting (4-6 3-PT). He was the first bench player in the NBA to score at least 16 points in the first quarter this season. NANCE DOING IT ALL: Larry Nance Jr. recorded 14 points (6-13 FG, 1-3 3-PT, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, nine assists and three steals against Utah on Dec. 29. His nine assists marked a career high. Nance scored in double figures in four straight games from Dec. 21-31, marking his longest such streak of the season. NAS DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Nassir Little logged his third career double-double on Dec. 27 against Dallas, finishing with a season-high 20 points (7-14 FG, 2-7 3-PT, 4-7 FT), 10 re- bounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks. At 21 years and 319 days old, Little is the youngest player in franchise history to do so. THE LITTLE THINGS: Nassir Little recorded career highs of six assists and three blocks against Charlotte on Dec. 17. Against Memphis on Dec. 19, Little had 12 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Among players that are 6’7″ or shorter, Little ranks fifth in offensive rebounds (55) and fourth in blocks (35) for the season. STAY READY: Ben McLemore scored 28 points (10-16 FG, 8-13 3-PT) to go with two rebounds and two steals against Charlotte on Dec. 17. He scored 20 points (7-9 FG, 6-8 3-PT) in the second quarter. McLemore’s six three-pointers in the second quarter were one shy of the franchise record for three-pointers in a quarter (McCollum, 7). His eight threes tied his career high and were one shy of the franchise record for three-pointers made off the bench (Simons/Batum, 9). HAVE A HALF: The Trail Blazers scored 81 points and made a franchise-record 16 three-pointers (of 25, 64.0%) in the first half against the Hornets on Dec. 17. It was the 16th time in franchise history that Portland scored at least 80 points in a half, and the first time since Nov. 12, 2014. 40/40 CLUB: Damian Lillard scored a season-high 43 points (12-19 FG, 6-11 3-PT, 13-14 FT) against Charlotte on Dec. 17.
It was his 40th career game with 40-plus points, making him one of 25 players in league history to score at least 40 points 40 times. Most 40-Point Games In Trail Blazers History
Damian Lillard 40
Clyde Drexler 17
Geoff Petrie 13
CJ McCollum 8 Most 40-Point Games Since 2012-13
James Harden 100
Stephen Curry 53
Russell Westbrook 47
Damian Lillard 40 HE’S HERE, HE’S THERE, HE’S EVERYWHERE: Robert Covington had season highs of five steals and four blocks against the Timberwolves on Dec. 12. It was the seventh time in team his- tory that a player had at least five steals and four blocks and just the third time it has happened off the bench. BENCH BUCKETS: Anfernee Simons led the Trail Blazers bench with 22 points (7-16 FG, 4-6 3-PT, 4-4 FT) against the Grizzlies on Dec. 15. From opening night through the end of December, Simons ranked 10th in the NBA in total bench points (328) and is 11th in three-pointers made off the bench (57). RESERVE SNIPERS: Anfernee Simons (26 points, 6-12 3-PT) and Ben McLemore (15 points, 5-6 3-PT) combined to make 11 three-pointers off the bench against Minnesota on Dec. 12. They became the first pair of Portland teammates to each make at least five three-pointers off the bench in the same game in franchise history. BIG HALF FOR LITTLE: In the first half at Golden State on Dec. 8, Nassir Little scored 18 points (5-5 FG, 2-2 3-PT, 6-10 FT) to go with six rebounds, one assist and one block in 22 minutes. He left the game three minutes into the second half with a left calf cramp. His 18 points for the game marked the second-highest scoring output of his career. NURKIC SEASON HIGH: Jusuf Nurkic scored a season-high 31 points (12-19 FG, 1-2 3-PT, 6-10 FT) to go with five rebounds, one assist and one block against the Clippers on Dec. 6. It was his fourth career game with 30-plus points. THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Trail Blazers won 10 straight games at Moda Center from Oct. 23 – Nov. 30, marking the team’s longest home winning streak since Jan. 24 – March 9, 2009 (12 games). BEN THERE, DONE THAT: Ben McLemore scored 17 points (5-10 FG, 4-9 3-PT, 3-3 FT) to go with two rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes against Detroit on Nov. 30. It was just the 15th time in the last 10 seasons that a Portland player scored at least 17 points off the bench in 20 minutes or fewer. BEAST ON THE BOARDS: Jusuf Nurkic matched his season high with 17 rebounds at Sacramento on Nov. 24. He has led the Trail Blazers in rebounds in 33 games so far this season. Nurkic ranks 9th in the NBA in rebounds (10.8). CJ SCORING: CJ McCollum scored the 10,000th point of his career on Oct. 20 against the Kings. He is the eighth player in team history with 10,000 points. With a three-pointer at the 5:52 mark of the second quarter against Detroit on Nov. 30, McCollum passed Clifford Robinson for fifth on the Trail Blazers all-time scoring list.
Terry Porter – 11,330 points
CJ McCollum – 10,529 points THE BOSNIAN BEAST: Jusuf Nurkic had a double-double in the first quarter at Sacramento on Nov. 24, logging 14 points (7-9 FG) and 10 rebounds in the period. He was the first Portland player with a double-double in the first quarter since LaMarcus Aldridge did so on Feb. 1, 2014. Nurkic finished the game with a season-high 28 points (12-17 FG, 4-5 FT) to go with 17 rebounds and five assists.
FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 105, NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 101
DATE: SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2022
Ingram – 22
Valanciunas – 17
Temple – 6
VanVleet – 32
Siakam – 10
Siakam – 7
Trailing 99-96 with 2:26 left, Fred VanVleet hit back-to-back three-point field goals to put the Raptors up by three points (102-99) … Toronto led the rest of the game.
Toronto outrebounded New Orleans 46-35, including 15-7 on the offensive glass … The Raptors tallied 24 second chance points compared to the Pelicans’ 6 … Toronto has outrebounded opponents 89-50 on the offensive end over the last six games (Dec. 31- Jan. 9).
With the win, Toronto improves to 20-17 this season and 12-10 at home … The Raptors have now set a season-high with their sixth consecutive win (Dec. 31 – Jan. 9) … The last time Toronto won six straight games was Mar. 3 – Aug. 5, 2020 … The Raptors willcomplete a three-game homestand (Jan. 7-11), Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns.
Fred VanVleet tallied 32 points and made season-best eight three-point field goals … He added four rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes … VanVleet has scored 30+ points in six of the last eight games played (Dec. 14 – Jan. 9), averaging 30.6 points and shooting .471 (82-for-174) from the field, including .456 (47-for-103) from beyond the arc during this stretch.
Fred VanVleet scored in double digits in both the first quarter (13) and fourth quarter (12) tonight … He has now scored 10+ points in 21 quarters this season, something he did 31 times in 52 games last season.
Pascal Siakam finished with 29 points (8-18 FG, 3-5 3PT, 10-10 FT), 10 rebounds and seven assists for his team-leading eighth double-double of the season … Tonight marks the 16th time in his career and fifth time this season that Siakam has recorded 20+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists … Siakam has now dished out five or more assists in a career-high seven consecutive games (Dec. 28 – Jan. 9), averaging 6.4 assists per game during this stretch.
Fred VanVleet (32)and Pascal Siakam (29)combined to score 61 of Toronto’s 105 points, including 19 of the team’s 26 points in the fourth quarter…The Raptors are 4-1 this season when Siakam and VanVleet each score 20+ points.
Reserves Precious Achiuwa (9)and Chris Boucher (8) combined for 17 of Toronto’s 46 rebounds, including six of the team’s 15 offensive rebounds.
With the loss, New Orleans is now14-26, including 6-15 on the road … The Pelicans will return home to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.
Jonas Valanciunas recorded 20 points and 17 rebounds for his team-leading 27th double-double of the season … Valanciunas has also led (or tied) the Pelicans in rebounding in three of the last four games (Jan. 3-9), averaging 13.0 rebounds during this span … Only Rudy Gobert (31), Nikola Jokic (28) and Domantas Sabonis (28) have recorded more double-doubles than Valanciunas this season.
Brandon Ingram finished with a team-high 22 points, five rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes … Ingram has now scored 20+ points in consecutive games (Jan. 6-9), averaging 27.0 points and shooting .529 (18-for-34) from the floor.
Brandon Ingram has led New Orleans in scoring in consecutive games (Jan. 6-9), for the first time since Dec. 21-23 … Entering tonight the Pelicans have had six different players lead the team in scoring over the last six games (Dec. 26 – Jan. 6).
Toronto went on a 24-8 run beginning at the 4:22 mark in the third quarter, led by 17 consecutive points by Fred VanVleet … VanVleet’s 17 points marked the longest streak by a Raptor since Morris Peterson (Feb. 27, 2000 vs. Cleveland), and was just one point shy of Vince Carter’s franchise record of 18 consecutive points … Toronto recorded a season-high 45 points in the third quarter tonight, led by 24 points from VanVleet … His 24-point quarter fell just one point short of Pascal Siakam’s (25) franchise record for points in a quarter.
The Raptors forced 21 Jazz turnovers leading to 28 points, while only conceding nine points off turnovers … In two games vs. Utah this season, the Raptors have totaled 65 points off 45 Jazz turnovers … Toronto overcame a 17-point deficit tonight for its largest comeback of the season.
With the win, Toronto improves to 19-17 this season and 11-10 at home … The Raptors have now tied a season high with five straight victories (Dec. 31 – Jan. 7), including a season-high four consecutive wins at home (Dec. 31- Jan. 7) … Toronto also won five straight Oct. 27 – Nov. 3 … The Raptors continue a three-game homestand (Jan. 7-11) Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Fred VanVleet finished with a season highs of 37 points and 10 rebounds, along with 10 assists in 36 minutes for his first career triple-double … VanVleet’s 37 points marks the most points in a triple double in franchise history … The last Raptor to record a triple-double was Kyle Lowry (Feb. 26, 2021).
Fred VanVleet has now scored 30+ points in five of his last seven games played (Dec. 14 – Jan. 7), averaging 30.1 points and shooting .482 (71-for-147) from the field, including .453 (39-for-86) from beyond the arc, during this stretch … The Raptors are 6-1 this season when VanVleet scores 30 or more points.
OG Anunoby tallied 22 points (8-13 FG, 4-7 3PT, 2-2 FT) and added four rebounds and three steals in 34 minutes … Anunoby has now scored 20+ points in consecutive games (Jan. 5-7) for the first time since a three-game streak Nov. 1-5 … Anunoby has recorded 12 steals in the last five games.
Pascal Siakam recorded 17 points, five rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes … Siakam has now recorded five or more assists in a career-high six consecutive games (Dec. 28 – Jan. 7), averaging 6.3 assists per game during this stretch.
With the loss, Utah is now28-11, including 14-4 on the road … The Jazz are 2-1 on their current five-game road trip (Jan. 1-10) … Utah will now travel to Indiana to play the Pacers on Saturday night.
Eric Paschall recorded a season-high 29 points (10-21 FG, 2-7 3PT, 7-10 FT) and added three rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes … Paschall has scored in double-digits in only one other game this season (13 points, Oct. 28 vs. Houston).
Elijah Hughes finished with a career bests of 26 points (9-15 FG, 7-12 3PT, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes … Hughes’ seven three-point field goals made ties the Jazz record for the most three-pointers made in a game this season (Mike Conley Dec. 3 vs. Boston).
• The Toronto Raptors (18-17) begin a three-game homestand (Jan. 7-11) Friday night when they host the Utah Jazz (28-10) at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have won four in a row after beating the Bucks in Milwaukee, 117-111, on Wednesday. Pascal Siakam scored a season-high 33 points, and OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. had 22 apiece in the victory. Toronto has won eight of its past 10 games at home. The Raptors are above .500 for the first time since Nov. 11. Toronto announced today they have signed forward D.J. Wilson to a second 10-day contract via the COVID hardship exception. • The Raptors allowed an opponent season-high 77 points in the first half Wednesday at Milwaukee, but held the Bucks to an opponent season-low 34 points in the second half, including just 11 points in the third quarter. Milwaukee shot .136 (3-22) from the field and missed all eight of its three-point attempts in the third after shooting .614 (27-44) from the floor and .619 (13-21) from beyond the arc in the first half. • Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with a season-high 33 points in Wednesday’s win over the Bucks. Siakam added five rebounds and six assists. Siakam has now recorded five or more assists in five straight games (Dec. 28 – Jan. 5) – tied for the second longest streak of his career. He dished out five assists in six consecutive games Feb. 14-23, 2021. Siakam has tallied a team-high 33 assists over the last five games. • Gary Trent Jr. has scored 20+ points in back-to-back games (Jan. 4-5). He is averaging 21.5 points and shooting .485 (16-33) from the field over the last two contests. The Raptors are 8-4 this season when Trent Jr. reaches the 20-point mark. • Fred VanVleet is averaging 29.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 7.8 assists over his last six games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 5). He is shooting .472 (59-125) from the field and .473 (35-74) from three-point range during this stretch. VanVleet has made at least four threes in all six games and scored 30+ points four times. • Rookie Scottie Barnes has scored 452 points through his first 30 games – the most by a Raptors rookie since Vince Carter scored 528 points in his first 30 games during the 1998-99 season. Barnes currently ranks second among rookies in rebounds (8.1), and fourth in both scoring (15.1) and assists (3.5). • Fred VanVleet (125) and Gary Trent Jr. (114) currently rank first and third, respectively, in the NBA in total deflections. VanVleet has led the NBA in deflections per game each of the past two seasons, while Trent Jr. is also ranks third in the league in steals per game (1.97) and has recorded multiple steals in 20 games. The Raptors lead the NBA in deflections per game (18.7) and rank third in steals (9.2). • JAZZ CONNECTIONS: Utah forward Rudy Gay played parts of two seasons (2012-14) with Toronto, averaging 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 51 games … Raptors assistant coach Earl Watson averaged 3.3 points and 3.8 assists in 178 games during three seasons (2010-12) with the Jazz. PROBABLE STARTERS
• Recorded 22 points, six rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes Jan. 5 at Milwaukee. • Averaging 19.0 points and shooting .451 (23-51) from the field over the last four games (Jan. 31 – Jan. 5). • Has scored 20+ points 10 times in 20 games; something he did 13 times in 43 games last season.
• Tallied six points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal in 38 minutes Jan. 5 at Milwaukee. • Ranks second among rookies in rebounds (8.1), and fourth in both scoring (15.1) and assists (3.5). • Has posted five double-doubles, including three games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 35.1 REB: 8.4 AST: 4.4 STL: 0.9 TO: 2.5 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 20.4 • Scored a season-high 33 points Jan. 5 vs. Milwaukee; added five rebounds and six assists in 42 minutes. • The Raptors improved to a perfect 3-0 this season when he scores 30 or more points. • Leads the team with seven double-doubles despite missing 13 games this season.
G – GARY TRENT JR. #33
MIN: 34.0 REB: 2.9 AST: 2.1 STL: 2.0 TO: 0.9 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 16.6 • Contributed 22 points, five rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes Jan. 5 at Milwaukee. • Ranks third in the NBA in steals per game (1.97); has recorded multiple steals in 20 games. • Averaging 19.4 points in 14 games on the road, compared to 14.3 points at home (18 games) this season.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 37.5 REB: 4.9 AST: 6.7 STL: 1.6 TO: 2.7 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 21.3 • Finished with 19 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals in 39 minutes Jan. 5 at Milwaukee. • Leads the NBA in minutes per game (37.5), has logged 40+ minutes seven times. • Has recorded multiple steals in seven of his last eight games (Dec. 10 – Jan. 5); totalling 17 steals.
RAPTORS INJURY REPORT Isaac Bonga (G League – On Assignment) – Out Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out Yuta Watanabe (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
JAZZ INJURY REPORT
OUT – Joe Ingles (Health and Safety Protocols) OUT – Rudy Gobert (Health and Safety Protocols) OUT – Mike Conley (Right Knee Injury Recovery) OUT – Bojan Bogdanovic (Left Middle Finger Sprain) OUT – Donovan Mitchell (Left Low Back Strain) QUESTIONABLE – Royce O’Neale (Right Patellar Tendonitis) QUESTIONABLE – Hassan Whiteside (Concussion Protocol) QUESTIONABLE – Jordan Clarkson (Low Back Tightness) QUESTIONABLE – Rudy Gay (Right Heel Injury Recovery)
Opponent: Utah Jazz Date: Friday, January 7 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: TSN Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN SERIES RECAP VS. UTAH OVERALL HOME ROAD 2021-22 0-1 0-0 0-1 ALL-TIME 20-30 10-14 10-16 STREAKS Lost 3 Lost 1 Lost 2 LAST WIN: Mar. 9, 2020 (101-92) LAST HOME WIN: Dec. 1, 2019 (130-110) LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +24 (Nov. 9, 2013) LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -32 (Dec. 7, 2012) LAST TIME VS. UTAH GAME 16 – NOVEMBER 18, 2021 UTAH 119, TORONTO 103 SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gay hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points in his season debut to help the Utah Jazz beat the Toronto Raptors 119-103 … Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points for the Jazz … Utah shot 55% from the field and scored 48 points in the paint … The Jazz also made 19 3- pointers … Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-high 31 points for Toronto, and Fred VanVleet added 24 … The Raptors lost for the sixth time in seven games despite scoring 37 points off 24 Jazz turnovers … Khem Birch gave Toronto an early spark, scoring all 14 of his points before halftime … He made back-to-back baskets to kickstart a 9-2 run that gave the Raptors a 23-17 lead in the first quarter … Gay made three 3-pointers and assisted another basket to help the Jazz rally and take a 42-31 lead early in the second quarter … VanVleet made 3-pointers on three straight possessions to erase Utah’s lead and put the Raptors ahead 53-51 shortly before halftime … The Jazz tightened up on defense in the third quarter … Toronto made only three baskets over the final nine minutes of the quarter … It opened the door for Utah to rebuild a double-digit lead … Joe Ingles fed Rudy Gobert for a pair of dunks and drained a pair of 3-pointers to fuel a 15-2 run that put the Jazz up 98-80 early in the fourth quarter. 1 2 3 4 TOT TORONTO 27 36 17 23 103 UTAH 32 29 31 27 119
FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 129, SAN ANTONIO SPURS 104
DATE: JANUARY 4, 2022
Poeltl – 19
Poeltl – 12
Four players – 4
VanVleet – 33
Siakam – 12
Barnes – 8
Toronto went on a 21-7 run beginning at the 6:40 mark in the second quarter to push the lead to 16 points (63-47) with 1:48 remaining in the half … The Raptors outscored the Spurs 38-24 in the frame and led by double digits for the entire second half.
The Raptors scored a season high-tying 129 points and matched a season best with 18 three-point field goals … Toronto also tallied a season-high 30 assists, and improve to 11-2 when recording more (or same) assists as opponents.
With the win, Toronto improves to 17-17 this season and 10-10 at home … The Raptors have now won three consecutive games for the first time since a five-game winning streak Oct. 27-Nov. 3 … Toronto willtravel to Milwaukee to play the Bucks Wednesday night.
Fred VanVleet finished with a game-high 33 points and added seven rebounds in 32 minutes … VanVleet has now scored 30+ points in three consecutive games (Dec. 31-Jan. 4), averaging 33.0 points and shooting .493 (33-for-67) from the field, including .419 (18-for-43) from beyond the arc during this stretch … VanVleet becomes just the sixth Raptor to score 30+ points in three consecutive games, joining Vince Carter, Mike James, DeMar DeRozan, Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry.
Pascal Siakam tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes for his team-leading seventh double-double of the season … Siakam has recordedthree consecutive double-doubles (Dec. 31- Jan. 4) for the first time since Jan. 8-11, 2021.
Scottie Barnes recorded 11 points, nine rebounds and a career-high eight assists in 33 minutes … Barnes has scored in double digits in 14 consecutive games played (Nov. 21- Jan. 4), averaging 15.9 during this stretch, shooting .497 (84-169) from the field, including .396 (21-53) from beyond the arc.
Justin Champagnie scored a season-best 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-5 3PT) in 13 minutes off the bench … Champagnie has led the Raptors in bench scoring three times this season, most recently Dec. 14 at Brooklyn.
Gary Trent Jr. finished with 21 points and three assists in 32 minutes … Trent Jr. has scored 20+ points ten times this season, something he did 15 times in 58 games last year.
With the loss, San Antonio falls to 14-22, including 7-12 on the road … The Spurs will continue a seven-game road trip (Dec. 31- Jan. 10) against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden Wednesday night.
Jakob Poeltl finished with team highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds in 23 minutes for his ninth double-double of the year … Poeltl has recorded double-doubles in three of the last four games (Dec. 27-Jan. 4), averaging 14.8 points and 11.0 rebounds during this stretch.
Devin Vassell tallied 15 points, three assists and two rebounds in 28 minutes … Vassell has now scored 15+ points in back-to-back games (Jan. 1-4), averaging 17.0 points, and shooting .448 (13-for-29) from the field over the last two contests.
San Antonio’s bench outscored Toronto’s reserves 47-32, led by career highs from Joshua Primo (15) and Joe Wieskamp (13).
FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 120, NEW YORK KNICKS 105
DATE: JANUARY 2, 2022
Fournier – 20
Gibson – 7
Toppin – 6
VanVleet – 35
Siakam – 14
Siakam – 7
The Raptors went on a 20-5 run beginning at the 6:49 mark in the third quarter to push their lead to 24 points (86-62) with 3:08 remaining in the third … Toronto outscored New York 40-29 in the frame and led by 15+ points for the rest of the game.
Toronto shot .477 (41-for-86) from the field and outscored New York 52-36 in the paint … Entering tonight, the Knicks had held opponents to fewer than 90 points in four consecutive games (Dec. 25-31).
With the win, Toronto improves to 16-17 this season and 9-10 at home … The Raptors are 3-0 against the Knicks this season and have now won 11 consecutive games at home against New York … Toronto has won seven of its last nine games at Scotiabank Arena … The Raptors complete a four-game homestand (Dec. 28 – Jan. 4) Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs.
Fred VanVleet finished with a season-high 35 points, including a season-best seven three-point field goals, and added five rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes … VanVleet has now scored 30+ points in three of his last four games played (Dec. 14-Jan. 2), averaging 31.0 points and shooting .476 (40-for-84) from the field during this stretch … He has scored 30+ points in five games this season, something he did six times in 52 games last season.
Pascal Siakam tallied 20 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in 35 minutes for his team-leading sixth double-double of the season … Siakam has scored 20+ points in four consecutive games played (Dec. 14- Jan. 2), averaging 24.5 points and shooting .519 (40-for-77) during this span … With his seven assists tonight, Siakam passed Morris Peterson for 10th on the Raptors all-time assists list (966).
Scottie Barnes scored 13 points and added four rebounds in 30 minutes … Barnes returned to the lineup for this first time since Dec. 18 after missing three games due to health and safety protocols (Dec. 26-28) and right knee tendinitis (Dec. 31).
With the loss, New York falls to 17-20, including 10-9 on the road … The Knicks finished their four-game road trip (Dec. 28- Jan. 2) with a 2-2 record … New York will return home to host Indiana on Tuesday night.
Evan Fournier finished with a team-high 20 points (6-14 FG, 4-10 3PT, 4-4 FT) in 26 minutes … Fournier has led the Knicks in scoring four times this season, most recently Dec. 21 vs. Detroit.
RJ Barrett scored 19 points, adding four rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes … Barrett averaged 17.0 points and shot .429 (24-for-56) on New York’s four-game road trip (Dec.28-Jan. 2).
Obi Toppin recorded a career high-tying 19 points and added a season-best six assists in a career-high 45 minutes … Toppin’s other 19-point performance came Dec. 10 vs. Toronto.
The Knicks tallied 11 steals tonight, led by career-highs from Alec Burks (5) and Quentin Grimes (4).
07:30 (ET) GSW@TOR INJURY REPORT AT 6:30 P.M. SATURDAY
Golden State Warriors
Curry, Stephen Out Rest Green, Draymond Out Injury/Illness – Right Hip; Tightness Iguodala, Andre Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Injury Management Poole, Jordan Out Health and Safety Protocols Porter Jr., Otto Out Injury/Illness – Left Foot; Injury Management Thompson, Klay Out Injury/Illness – Right Achilles Tendon; Injury Recovery Wiggins, Andrew Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Soreness Wiseman, James Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Injury Recovery Toronto Raptors
Achiuwa, Precious Available Injury/Illness – Right Shoulder; Tendinitis Anunoby, OG Available Injury/Illness – Left Hip; Pointer Banton, Dalano Out Health and Safety Protocols Birch, Khem Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Swelling Dragic, Goran Out Not With Team Johnson, David Out Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Strain Siakam, Pascal Out Health and Safety Protocols
Josh Lewenberg@JLew1050·The Raptors will start VanVleet, Trent, Barnes, Anunoby and Boucher vs Golden State tonight. Siakam and Banton are in the protocols. Birch still out, likely back on Monday. Achiuwa available off the bench.
GAME #29 – TORONTO RAPTORS (13-15) vs. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (24-5) SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2021 – 7:30 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENA TV: TSN – RADIO: TSN 1050 TORONTO
• The Toronto Raptors (13-15) host the Golden State Warriors (24-5) on Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena. The Warriors make their first trip north of the border since Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. Toronto is 4-2 in December after falling 131-129 in overtime Tuesday night at Brooklyn. Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 31 points, Gary Trent Jr. and Pascal Siakam each finished with 25 and Scottie Barnes had 23 for the Raptors. VanVleet scored 30+ points for the 13th time in his career, and third time this season, against the Nets. • Scottie Barnes tallied 23 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in a career-high 44 minutes Tuesday night at Brooklyn. Barnes became the youngest player in Raptors franchise history with a 20/10/5 game, overtaking Tracy McGrady. Barnes currently ranks second among rookies in scoring (15.4), leads in rebounds (8.3) and minutes (36.2), and is third with a .488 (162-332) field goal percentage. • Pascal Siakam has scored 16+ points in 11 of the last 12 games (Nov. 19 – Dec. 14). Siakam is averaging a team-high 21.1 points and 8.1 rebounds during this stretch. He is shooting .485 (99-204) from the field and .302 (13-43) from beyond the arc over the last 12 contests. • Gray Trent Jr. scored 25 points and made a season-high six three-pointers (6-12 3PT) Tuesday at Brooklyn. Trent Jr. made six-plus threes for the 12th time in his career and fourth time since joining the Raptors at the trade deadline last season. Trent Jr. is shooting .413 (19-46) from three-point range in December. • Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr. are tied for second in the NBA with 100 deflections apiece this season. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Trent Jr. also ranks second in the NBA in steals per game (2.12) and has recorded multiple steals in 17 games. The Raptors lead the NBA in deflections per game (19.3) and are tied for third in steals (9.0) this season. • As announced by the province, capacities for events at MLSE venues, including Maple Leaf and Raptors games at Scotiabank Arena, will be reduced to 50 per cent capacities effective Saturday as we all work together to prioritize public health with increasing COVID-19 cases in Ontario. • Goran Dragic is currently taking time away from the team for a personal matter. There is no definite timeline, and updates will be provided as appropriate. Dragic is averaging 8.0 points in five games this season. PROBABLE STARTERS F – SCOTTIE BARNES #4
MIN: 36.2 REB: 8.3 AST: 3.3 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.9 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 15.4 • Recorded 23 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in 44 minutes Dec. 14 at Brooklyn (OT). • Has scored in double figures in 11 straight games (Nov. 21 – Dec. 14), averaging 16.1 points during this stretch. • Leads the Raptors with five double-doubles, including two in the last three games. F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 34.4 REB: 7.6 AST: 3.7 STL: 0.7 TO: 2.2 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 19.1 • Finished with 25 points, six rebounds and two assists in 44 minutes Dec. 14 at Brooklyn (OT). • Averaging 21.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists through six games in December. • Has scored 20+ points in five of the last seven games (Nov. 30 – Dec. 14), averaging 21.1 points. . C – CHRIS BOUCHER #25
MIN: 15.6 REB: 4.5 AST: 0.3 STL: 0.4 TO: 0.7 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 7.3 • Tallied nine points and nine rebounds in a season-high 32 minutes of action Dec. 14 at Brooklyn (OT). • Scored in double digits in four straight games (Dec. 5-13), averaged 14.0 points during this span. • In four starts this season, averaging 12.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 25.9 minutes. G – GARY TRENT JR. #33
MIN: 34.8 REB: 3.2 AST: 2.0 STL: 2.1 TO: 0.9 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 17.0 • Contributed 25 points and a season-high five assists in 42 minutes Dec. 14 at Brooklyn (OT). • Ranks second in the NBA in steals per game (2.12); has recorded three steals in each of the last three games. • Has scored 20+ points 10 times; something he did 15 times in 58 games last season. G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 38.0 REB: 5.0 AST: 6.5 STL: 1.6 TO: 3.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 19.8 • Scored 31 points in a career-high 47 minutes Dec. 14 at Brooklyn (OT); added four rebounds and nine assists. • Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.0), has logged 40+ minutes in seven games. • Has scored in double digits in all 27 of his games played this season, including 20+ points 11 times.
INJURY REPORT Precious Achiuwa (Right Shoulder; Tendinitis) – Questionable OG Anunoby (Left Hip; Pointer) – Questionable Khem Birch (Right Knee; Swelling) – Questionable Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out David Johnson (Left Calf; Strain) – Out
2021-22 RECORDS W-L EAST WEST OVERALL 13-15 10-9 3-6 HOME 6-9 5-6 1-3 AWAY 7-6 5-3 2-3 OVERTIME 0-1 0-1 0-0
The Warriors, with the best record in the NBA (24-5, .828), conclude their five-game road trip, tied for their longest road trip of the season. They have another five-game road trip in late March. The Warriors have won their last three games, all on the road. Stephen Curry became the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers, passing Ray Allen (2,973) on December 14, 2021 at New York. The Warriors are the only team in the NBA this season that has not allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent-or-better from the field. Dating back to last season, Golden State has a streak of 31 consecutive games without allowing an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field, tied for the fifth-longest such streak in franchise history. It’s the longest such streak since a 36-consecutive game streak (3/14/17-11/25/17)
UPCOMING/CONTINUING MILESTONES • Stephen Curry has made at least one 3-pointer in 153 consecutive games, the league’s longest active streak and now the second-longest streak in NBA history after having passed Kyle Korver (127). Curry, who holds the all-time NBA record of 157 games (11/13/14-11/3/16), is the only player with two 100-plus streaks. The current streak began on Dec. 1, 2018. • Andre Iguodala is one field goal away from 5,000 career. AS OF LATE… (CURRENT TEAM/PLAYER STREAKS) • The Warriors are the only team in the NBA this season that has not allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent-or-better from the field. Dating back to last season, Golden State has a streak of 31 consecutive games without allowing an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field, tied for the fifth-longest such streak in franchise history (2/16/65-11/12/65). It’s the longest such streak since a 36-consecutive game streak (3/14/17-11/25/17). TONIGHT’S NOTES • Tonight’s game at Toronto concludes the Warriors’ five-game road trip, tied for the longest road trip of the season, as the Warriors have another five-game road trip in March. Tonight’s game also concludes the regular season series against the Raptors with the Warriors looking for a sweep after defeating Toronto, 119-104, on November 21. The last time the Warriors swept the Raptors (2-0) in the regular season series was in 2017-18. • The Warriors have the league’s best overall record in the NBA at 24-5 (.828) and best home record at 14-2. • According to NBA.com, the Warriors have the best defensive rating (100.5) and is ranked fourth in offensive rating (111.9), behind Utah (117.8), Charlotte (113.7) and Atlanta (112.8). • The Warriors are the only team in the NBA this season that has not allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent-or-better from the field (29 games). Dating back to last season, Golden State has a streak of 31 consecutive games without allowing an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field, tied for the fifth-longest such streak in franchise history (2/16/65-11/12/65). It’s the longest such streak since a 36-consecutive game streak (3/14/17-11/25/17). The fourth-longest streak in franchise history is 33-straight games by the Philadelphia Warriors (1/17/57-3/13/57). • Including games played on December 17, offensively, Golden State ranks third in the NBA in scoring (111.8 ppg), first in assists (28.1 apg), third in field goal percentage (.469), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.364). Defensively, the Warriors rank first in opponent scoring (100.4 ppg), first in opponent field goal percentage (.422), second in steals (9.34 spg), third in rebounding (46.9 rpg) and second in opponent 3-point field goal percentage (.324). • Including games played on December 17, among the league leaders, Stephen Curry is tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo for third in scoring (27.0 ppg), first in 3-pointers made (150), second in free throw percentage (.929); Draymond Green is ranked 12th in assists (7.3 apg); Jordan Poole is ranked seventh in free throw percentage (.909). • In the third quarter this season, the Warriors are outscoring opponents (29.1 to 23.6 ppg), outrebounding opponents (12.7 to 9.2 rpg), outshooting opponents from the field (.488 to .398) and from 3-point range (.397 to .311). The Warriors have outscored opponents, 845-684, a difference of 161 points (5.6 ppg) in the third quarter this season. The +5.6 is the highest for any team in any quarter this season. (NBA.com/stats) WARRIORS-RAPTORS CONNECTIONS • Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (Toronto, Ontario) was born in Canada. • Warriors Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development Jama Mahlalela (Jah-MAH MAH-la-lay-lah) was with the Toronto Raptors from 2006 to last season, serving in numerous roles, most recently as an assistant coach in 2020-21. Mahlalela was also the head coach of Toronto’s G League team, Raptors 905 and worked in the front office as director of player development prior to that. Mahlalela, who started with the Raptors on their community development staff, grew up in the Greater Toronto Area and played collegiately at the University of British Columbia. He was also an assistant coach with the University of Toronto for four seasons. • Warriors Player Mentor Coach Leandro Barbosa played for the Toronto Raptors in the second half of the 2010-11 season and the first half of the 2011-12 season… Barbosa appeared in 100 career games (all as a reserve), averaging 12.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists in 23.4 minutes per game for the Raptors. • Stephen Curry’s father, Dell, played the final three (1999-00 – 2001-02) of his 16 NBA seasons with the Raptors. • Raptors forward Chris Boucher played for the Warriors’ G League affiliate Santa Cruz Warriors in 2017-18 and appeared in one game for Golden State that season. 2021-22
Player’s memorable games against the Raptors • Andrew Wiggins recorded his lone career triple-double against the Raptors, an 18-point, 10 rebound, career-high 11-assist performance on January 18, 2020 at Minnesota.
• Head Coach Steve Kerr recorded his 400th career coaching victory in 576 games, the fifth-fewest games in NBA history (540 – Pat Riley, 557 – Phil Jackson, 564 – K.C. Jones, 572 – Billy Cunningham). • The Warriors improved to 24-5 (.828) and have won last three games, all of which on the road. • Golden State is off to its best start after 29 games since 2016-17 when they started 25-4. • The Warriors are now 3-1 on the current five-game road trip and 10-3 overall on the road this season. • The Celtics shot under 50 percent from the field (.439 FG%), the 31st straight game (all 29 games this season) in which a Warriors opponent has not shot at least 50 percent from the field, matching the fifth-longest such streak in Warriors history • With the win, the Warriors snapped a five-game losing streak to the Celtics and a three-game losing streak in Boston. • Golden State improved to 5-0 in the first game of a back-to-back set this season • Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points, including a career-high 18 in the second quarter … He had 24 first-half points, one-point shy of the most points he has ever scored in a half (25, four times). • Andre Iguodala contributed a season-high-tying 12 points off the bench, his second double-figure scoring effort of the season. • Stephen Curry had his 39th 4-point play of his career in the first quarter, and second of the season. • Kevon Looney grabbed 10 rebounds, his fifth game this season with 10-or-more rebounds. • Jordan Poole missed his first game of the season due to health and safety protocols. Poole had played in the first 28 games of the season. • Moses Moody made his first career NBA start.
• On 12/4/21, the Spurs ended the Warriors’ 11-game home winning streak with a 112-107 win. The Warriors had won each of those 11 home games by 10-or-more points. It was tied for the longest such streak in team franchise history (11, 12/22/14-1/23/15) and was the longest in the league since the Utah Jazz had an NBA-record streak of 16 home games won by 10-or-more points last season (1/15-3/24/21). • The Warriors ended the Suns’ 18-game winning streak on December 3 with a 22-point victory (118-96) – it is the largest margin of victory to end a streak of that length in NBA history, surpassing the Celtics’ 20-point win (94-74) on 3/18/08 that ended the Houston Rockets’ 22-game win streak (1/29-3/16/08). • With 96 points at Phoenix on November 30, the Warriors were held to under 100 points for the first time this season. Golden State had scored at least 100 points in 43 straight regular season games (23 last season, 20 this season). Prior to Nov. 30, 2021, the last time the Warriors were held under 100 points was on April 2, 2021 at Toronto (77-130). • The Warriors had a 13-2 record in the month of November, tied for the third-highest winning percentage for the Warriors all-time in the month of November. Their two losses came on the road at Charlotte on November 14 and at Phoenix on November 30. • On 11/28 at L.A. Clippers, Stephen Curry set a new NBA record for the fewest games needed to reach 100 3-pointers in a season, making 105 3-pointers in 19 games. Twice Curry needed 20 games to reach the century mark (2015-16 and 2018-19). He currently holds four of the Top 5 spots for fewest games to make 100 3-pointers in a season (James Harden owns one). • The Warriors completed a four-game road trip with a 3-1 record. Stephen Curry averaged a team-high 33.7 points (.500 FG%, .488 3P%, 12-12 FT), 5.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.33 steals in 33.3 minutes per game in three contests. Curry made 21 3-pointers in three games (he missed the last game in Detroit due to a left hip contusion. Andrew Wiggins averaged 21.5 points per game and Jordan Poole had a 17.5 scoring average. Draymond Green played in three games and averaged 9.3 assists a game during the road trip. Golden State outscored (107.0 to 99.0 ppg), outrebounded (46.0 to 38.5 rpg) and outshot opponents from the field (.476 to .423 FG%) during the four-game road trip. • On November 15, Stephen Curry was named Western Conference Player of the Week for Week 4 after leading the Warriors to a 3-1 record while averaging an NBA-high 34.8 points, to go along with 5.5 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 2.25 steals in 34.8 minutes per game. It was Curry’s second weekly honor of the season (Week 1) and the 18th of his career. • On Wednesday at Brooklyn, Curry’s nine 3-pointers were the most by a Nets opposing player in team history (previous eight, nine times) (ESPN SportsCenter). • The 50-point performance by Stephen Curry on November 8 vs. Atlanta was the most points scored by an individual player this season, surpassing the 46 points scored by the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown on October 20 at New York in a double overtime game. Prior to Curry scoring 50 points, the most points scored in a non-overtime game was set by Curry when he scored 45 points on October 21, 2021 vs. the Clippers. • The Warriors went 7-1 on their eight-game homestand (October 28-November 12), tied for the longest in franchise history (they went 4-4 on their previous eight-game homestand, January 24-February 9, 2011). • Stephen Curry has made at least 30 3-pointers through his first six games of a season for the third time in his career. No other player has done this once in NBA history (ESPN Stats & Info). • On October 25, the NBA announced Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been named the Week #1 Western Conference Player of the Week. The award marks the 17th career weekly recognition for the 13-year veteran. Curry helped lead the Warriors to their first 3-0 start since winning an NBA-record 24-straight games to begin the 2015-16 campaign, averaging 31.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.33 steals in 36.3 minutes. Curry is the first Warrior to open a season with three-straight 20/10 games since Jerry Lucas in 1970-71. • Stephen Curry was among 11 active players to be named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. The Warriors were represented with eight players: Paul Arizin, Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Jerry Lucas, Robert Parish, and Nate Thurmond.
• The Warriors won their first four games of the season despite trailing at the half in every game. They joined the 1985-86 Clippers as the only teams in NBA history to open a season 4-0 and overcome a halftime deficit in each of those contests (ESPN Stats & Info). • Stephen Curry grabbed 10 rebounds in each of his first two games, marking the second time in his career he has had two consecutive games with 10-or-more rebounds. This is the first time in his career Curry has recorded consecutive games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. • Already the Warriors franchise leader in assists, Curry now has reached the 5,000-assist plateau on October 24, 2021 at Sacramento. Curry became the 69th player in NBA history to reach the milestone, joining teammate Andre Iguodala. • Against the Clippers in the Warriors’ home opener, Stephen Curry scored 45 points, the fifth-most scored by a Warriors player in a home opener, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. In the first quarter, Curry scored 25 points (9-9 FG, 5-5 3P, 2-2 FT), marking the third time in NBA history a player scored at least 25 points while making at least five 3-pointers and making all of their field goal attempts in a single quarter. The other two times in NBA history (since play-by-play began being recorded in 1997-98) were done by Warriors with Curry scoring 25 points in the third quarter against the Thunder in 2020-21 and Klay Thompson tallying his NBA-record 37 points in the third quarter vs. the Kings in 2014-15. • In the season opener at the Lakers on October 19, Stephen Curry recorded a 21-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double, becoming just the second Warriors player in franchise history to record one in the team’s season opener, joining Andy Phillip (21 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) on Nov. 1, 1952 in the Philadelphia Warriors’ overtime win over the Syracuse Nationals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. • In the season opener at Los Angeles against the Lakers, the Warriors’ reserves accounted for 55 points – 15 coming from Nemanja Bjelica. With a double-double (11 rebounds), Bjelica became the first Warrior to record a double-double off the bench in his Warriors debut since Sam K. Williams (16 points, 12 rebounds) on Oct. 30, 1981 at Denver, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. • In the preseason, the Warriors attempted 69 3-pointers at Portland on October 6 – had it been a regular season game, it would have been the secondmost 3-point field goals attempted (Houston attempted an NBA-record 70 vs. Brooklyn on Jan. 16, 2019 in an overtime loss). In the 2021 preseason, the Warriors led the league in 3-point field goals made (92; next highest was 83 by Miami) and 3-pointers attempted (266; next highest was 235 by Memphis). The Warriors averaged 53.2 3-point field goals attempts per game in the 2021 preseason; they attempted 38.7 in the 2020-21 regular season, fifth-highest that season (Utah led the league with 43.0 3-point attempts per game). • In his 13th NBA season, Stephen Curry has matched Chris Mullin for the most seasons played for the Warriors franchise. • Andre Iguodala returned to the Warriors after spending the last two seasons with the Heat. Iguodala has been to the postseason in each of his last 11 seasons. • Both Klay Thompson (missed the last two seasons due to a torn left ACL and torn right Achilles) and James Wiseman (right knee meniscus injury) are expected to return to the lineup during the 2021-22 regular season. • The Warriors selected Jonathan Kuminga from G League Ignite with the seventh overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and Moses Moody from Arkansas with the 14th overall pick. When selected, Kuminga was 18 years old; Moody was 19. • During the offseason, the Warriors signed free agents Nemanja Bjelica and Otto Porter Jr. and signed Chris Chiozza to a Two-way contract. • The NBA and Warriors are celebrating 75 seasons during the 2021-22 season. The 2021-22 season marks the Warriors’ 76th season and their 60th in the Bay Area. The Warriors (then in Philadelphia) were among the original 11 teams in the inaugural 1946-47 season. • In 2020-21, the Warriors won 15 of their last 20 regular season games, including eight of nine in the month of May. LAST SEASON’S NOTES • Golden State compiled a 39-33 record during the 2020-21 regular season, finishing eighth in the Western Conference. Losses in the Play-In Tournament to the No. 7 seed Lakers and No. 9 seed Grizzlies prevented the Warriors from qualifying for the 2021 NBA Playoffs. • The Warriors won 15 of their last 20 regular season games, including posting an 8-1 in the month of May. • The 24-win improvement (15 in 2019-20 to 39 in 2020-21) matched the largest win improvement from one season to the next in Warriors franchise history, as the 2011-12 Warriors went 23-43 and then improved to 47-35 in 2012-13, beginning their franchise-record streak of seven straight playoff appearances, which included five consecutive trips to the NBA Finals and three championships. • Stephen Curry averaged 37.0 points (.491 FG%, .441 3P%, .904 FT%) in playing 26 of the team’s final 28 games of the 2020-21 season, including the two Play-In Tournament games. Of those 26 appearance, Curry scored at least 30 points 23 times. He reached the 40-point plateau eight times and 50 once in the 26-game span. • With the scoring title in 2020-21, Stephen Curry joined Michael Jordan as the only players age-33 or older to win the scoring title. Curry also joins Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players with multiple scoring titles, MVPs and championships (ESPN Stats & Info). • In 2020-21, Stephen Curry had seven games with 10 or more 3-pointers (four times with 11 triples). That is the new NBA single-season for most games with 10 or more 3-pointers, surpassing the previous mark of six set by Curry during the 2018-19 season. • Stephen Curry scored 40 or more points 11 times during the 2020-21 season. That’s the third-most by a player in their 12th season or later, trailing only Michael Jordan (12 in 1997-98) and tied with Bernard King (11, 1990-91). Curry had six 40-point games in the month of April. • Draymond Green averaged a career-high 8.9 assists per game, tied with Phoenix’s Chris Paul for third among league leaders in 2020-21. Among non-guards, only LeBron James has ever finished a season with a higher assist average (10.2 apg in 2019-20, 9.1 apg in 2017-18). The last time a Warrior averaged at least 8.9 assists per game in a season was Baron Davis in 2005-06 when he averaged 8.9 assists per game, finishing second in the league. • The 558 assists in 2020-21 for Draymond Green is the second-highest assist total for a season for him, trailing only a career-high 598 in 2015-16. • Draymond Green, who matched his career-high assists with 19 on April 23 vs. Denver, dished out 10 or more assists in 24 games last season, the most 10-assist games in a single season in his career. Prior to Green, the last Warrior to have that many 10-assist games in a single season was Stephen Curry with 24 in 2014-15. • Draymond Green handed out 15 or more assists seven times last season (he had a combined three in the previous eight seasons). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the most 15-assist games in a season by a non-guard in NBA history. Only Russell Westbrook (14) and James Harden (7) have had that many 15-assist games this season. The last Warriors player to have at least seven 15-assist games in a single season was Tim Hardaway with nine in 1994-95. Only Guy Rodgers (twice), John Lucas, Sleepy Floyd and Hardaway (three times) have had seven or more 15-assist games in a season in Warriors franchise history. Q
• The Toronto Raptors (11-13) continue a season-long seven-game homestand (Nov. 28 – Dec. 13) Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder (7-16) at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have won back-to-back games (Dec. 2-5) for the first time since a five-game winning streak Oct. 27 – Nov. 3. Toronto is 2-2 on its current homestand. Toronto and Oklahoma City split the season-series in 2020-21 with the home team winning both meetings. Gary Trent Jr. averaged 31.0 points against the Thunder last season. • The Raptors held Washington to just 90 points in Sunday’s victory. Toronto has now held its opponent to fewer than 100 points in three straight games (Nov. 30 – Dec. 5) for the first time since a four game streak Dec. 28, 2019 – Jan. 2, 2020. Over the last three games, opponents are averaging 93.7 points and shooting 39 percent (98-251) from the field, including .322 (29-90) from three-point range. • Scottie Barnes currently leads all rookies in points (15.1) and minutes (35.6), and ranks second in rebounds (8.0) and field goal percentage (.489). Barnes is shooting .448 (13-29) from three-point range over the last seven games (Nov. 21 – Dec. 5) after shooting .154 (2-13) from beyond the arc in his first 15 games. • Pascal Siakam scored 24 of his game-high 31 points in the first half Sunday against the Wizards. Siakam poured in 17 points in the second quarter and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field. He has now scored 20+ points in three straight games (Nov. 30 – Dec. 5), averaging 23.7 points. Siakam is shooting .483 (28-58) from the floor and .800 (12-15) at the free throw line over the last three. • Precious Achiuwa recorded his team-leading fourth double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, one shy of his career high, in Sunday’s win vs. Washington. Achiuwa has hauled down 22 rebounds in the last two games, including nine on the offensive glass. He currently leads all sophomores in rebounding (8.2). • Dalano Banton led the team in assists for the first time in his career with six in 15 minutes off the bench Dec. 5 vs. Washington. Banton added five points and had zero turnovers against the Wizards. • Fred VanVleet (83) and Gary Trent Jr. (83) are currently tied for third in the NBA in deflections. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Trent Jr. is also tied for fourth in the NBA in steals per game (2.00) and has recorded multiple steals in 13-of-21 games. The Raptors lead the NBA in deflections per game (19.5) and rank third in steals (9.3). • Goran Dragic is currently taking time away from the team for a personal matter. There is no definite time-line, and updates will be provided as appropriate. Dragic is averaging 8.0 points in five games this season. PROBABLE STARTERS F – SCOTTIE BARNES #4
MIN: 35.6 REB: 8.0 AST: 3.2 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.0 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 15.1 • Recorded 11 points, six rebounds and one assist in 37 minutes of action Dec. 5 vs. Washington. • Has scored in double figures in seven straight games (Nov. 21 – Dec. 5), averaging 15.4 points during this stretch. • Leads all rookies in points (15.1) and minutes (35.6), and ranks second in rebounds (8.0) and FG pct. (.489). F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 33.4 REB: 7.1 AST: 3.7 STL: 0.7 TO: 2.2 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 19.1 • Scored 24 of his game-high 31 points in the first half Dec. 5 vs. Washington; added six rebounds in 36 minutes. • Has scored in 20+ points in three consecutive games (Nov. 30 – Dec. 5), averaging 23.7 points during this span. • Needs 13 points to reach 5,000 for his career; will become ninth player in franchise history to reach milestone. . C – PRECIOUS ACHIUWA #5
MIN: 26.5 REB: 8.2 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 8.0 • Tallied 10 points and 14 rebounds, one shy of his career high, in 31 minutes Dec. 5 vs. Washington. • Leads the team with four double-doubles; had three in 61 games as a rookie with Miami last season. • In 17 starts, averaging 7.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 26.7 minutes. G – GARY TRENT JR. #33
MIN: 34.2 REB: 3.3 AST: 1.8 STL: 2.0 TO: 0.9 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 16.4 • Contributed six points, four rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes Dec. 5 vs. Washington. • Tied for fourth in the NBA in steals per game (2.00); has recorded multiple steals in 13 games. • Averaging 18.8 points on the road this season, compared to 13.5 points at home. G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 38.1 REB: 5.0 AST: 6.1 STL: 1.5 TO: 3.2 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 19.8 • Finished with 10 points and four assists in 33 minutes Dec. 5 vs. Washington. • Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.1), has logged 40+ minutes in six games. • Has scored in double digits in all 23 of his games played this season, including 20+ points 10 times. INJURY REPORT OG Anunoby (Left Hip; Pointer) – Out Khem Birch (Right Knee; Swelling) – Out Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out
GAME #24 – TORONTO RAPTORS (10-13) vs. WASHINGTON WIZARDS (14-9) SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2021 – 6 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENA TV: SPORTSNET – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
• The Toronto Raptors (10-13) continue a season-long seven-game homestand (Nov. 28 – Dec. 13) Sunday night against the Washington Wizards (14-9) at Scotiabank Arena. Fred VanVleet scored 29 points as he Raptors snapped a five-game home winless streak with a 97-93 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday. Toronto and Washington have split the first two meetings this season with the road team winning both games. The Raptors have won 10 of their last 12 games against the Wizards. • Giants of Africa, the not-for-profit founded by vice-chairman and president of the Toronto Raptors Masai Ujiri, hosted a celebratory lunch gala today in honour of Nelson Mandela, on the anniversary of his passing. The event kicked off Giants of Africa’s eighth annual celebration of the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s life. Following the gala, festivities will continue at Scotiabank Arena where Mandela will be recognized with ingame presentations and performances as the Raptors take on Washington. • Scottie Barnes has scored in double figures in six straight games (Nov. 21 – Dec. 2). He is averaging 16.2 points and shooting .480 (36-75) from the field during this stretch. Barnes has made 13 threes over the last six games after making two in his first 15 games of the season. Barnes currently leads all rookies in scoring (15.3), rebounds (8.1) and minutes (35.6), and ranks second with a .489 (130-266) field goal percentage. Barnes has paced Toronto in scoring and assists five times, and rebounds in seven games. • Fred VanVleet scored 26 of his game-high 29 points in the second half in Thursday’s victory vs. Milwaukee. VanVleet has now scored 20+ points in four of the last five games (Nov. 24 – Dec. 2). He is averaging 24.0 points, while shooting .519 (41-81) from the floor and .429 (18-42) from beyond the arc, over the last five games. VanVleet has scored 20+ points in a team-high 10 games this season. • Fred VanVleet (81) and Gary Trent Jr. (80) currently rank second and tied for third respectively, in the NBA in deflections. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Trent Jr. is also fourth in the NBA in steals per game (2.05) and has recorded multiple steals in 13-of-21 games. Toronto leads the NBA in deflections per game (19.7) and ranks third in steals (9.5). • Pascal Siakam has scored 20 points in consecutive games (Nov. 30 – Dec. 2). He is shooting .486 (18-37) from the field over the last two games. Siakam missed the first 10 games (Oct. 20 – Nov. 5) of the season recovering from left shoulder surgery. • Goran Dragic is taking time away from the team for a personal matter. There is no definite timeline, and updates will be provided as appropriate. Dragic is averaging 8.0 points in five games this season. PROBABLE STARTERS F – SCOTTIE BARNES #4
MIN: 35.6 REB: 8.1 AST: 3.3 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.1 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 15.3 • Recorded 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 39 minutes Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee. • Has made 13 threes in the last six games (Nov. 21 – Dec. 2) after making two in his first 15 games of the season. • Tied with Precious Achiuwa for the team lead with three double-doubles. F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 33.2 REB: 7.2 AST: 3.8 STL: 0.8 TO: 2.3 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 18.1 • Finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee. • Has led (or tied) the team in assists in each of the last four games (Nov. 26 – Dec. 2); totaling 18 assists. • Missed the first 10 games (Oct. 20 – Nov. 5) of the season recovering from left shoulder surgery. . C – PRECIOUS ACHIUWA #5
MIN: 26.3 REB: 8.0 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 7.9 • Tallied six points, eight rebounds (five offensive boards) and two blocks in 35 minutes Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee. • Tied with Isaiah Stewart for the lead among sophomores in rebounding (8.0). • Averaging 7.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 26.4 minutes in 16 games as a starter. G – GARY TRENT JR. #33
MIN: 34.4 REB: 3.3 AST: 1.7 STL: 2.1 TO: 1.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 16.9 • Contributed eight points, a career-high eight rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee. • Ranks fourth in the NBA in steals per game (2.05); has recorded multiple steals in 13 games. • Averaged 19.3 points and shot .382 (39-102) from three-point range during 13 games in November. G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 38.3 REB: 5.2 AST: 6.2 STL: 1.6 TO: 3.2 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 20.3 • Scored a game-high 29 points Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee; added five rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes. • Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.3), has logged 40+ minutes in six games this season. • Has scored 20+ points in four of the last five games (Nov. 24 – Dec. 2), averaging 24.0 points during this span.
INJURY REPORT OG Anunoby (Left Hip; Pointer) – Out Khem Birch (Right Knee; Swelling) – Out Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out UPDATED: Dec. 5, 2021
2021-22 RECORDS W-L EAST WEST OVERALL 10-13 8-8 2-5 HOME 3-8 3-6 0-2 AWAY 7-5 5-2 2-3 OVERTIME 0-0 0-0 0-0
NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Oklahoma City Thunder Date: Wednesday, December 8 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto SERIES RECAP VS. OKLAHOMA CITY OVERALL HOME ROAD 2021-22 1-1 1-0 0-1 ALL-TIME 19-30 10-14 9-16 STREAKS Won 1 Won 1 Lost 1 LAST WIN: Apr. 18, 2021 (112-106) LAST HOME WIN: Apr. 18, 2021 (112-106) LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +17 (Jan. 23, 2000) LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -44 (Jan. 15, 1997)
QUICK HITS BRADLEY BEAL • Beal (1,878) recorded his fifth-straight season with at least 1700 points in 2020-21, the longest streak in team history and second behind Elvin Hayes’ total of six seasons overall. Beal also tallied his third season with at least 1,800 points, tied for the second-most in franchise history. • Beal (625) needs 19 games played to surpass Greg Ballard (643, 1978-85) for the third-most games played in Wizards history. SPENCER DINWIDDIE • Netted 34 points (13-24 FGs, 6-9 3PT) on 10/22 vs. IND, the most he’s scored in a single game since MIN on 12/30/19 (36). • Dinwiddie (987) needs 13 rebounds to register 1,000 total rebounds for his career. • Has recorded double figure scoring on 13 occasions, including five 20+ point outings. DANIEL GAFFORD • Gafford is averaging career-bests in points (9.1), rebounds (5.9) and blocks (2.0) in 21.2 minutes per game through 23 games this season. • Recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds on 12/1 vs. MIN, tallying double-double efforts in three-consecutive games for the first time in his career. • His career-best eight blocks on 11/26 at OKC is the most blocks recorded by a Wizards player since JaVale McGee on 3/15/11 (12). KYLE KUZMA • Kuzma (299) will reach 300 games played in his career if he plays tonight. • His eight double-doubles through the first 23 games of the season are the most in his career. KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE • Caldwell-Pope (990) needs 10 free throws to reach 1,000 for his career. • Is shooting the ball at a .377 clip from beyond the arc this season. AVERAGES VS. TORONTO CAREER SEASON Beal: 26 g, 23.8 pts, 4.7 reb, 4.9 ast | 2 g, 24.0 pts, 5.0 reb, 5.5 ast Dinwiddie: 19 g, 12.7 pts., 2.9 reb, 5.1 ast | 2 g, 12.5 pts, 3.0 reb, 4.5 ast Gafford: 6 g, 5.3 pts, 2.8 reb, 0.3 ast | 2 g, 8.5 pts, 4.5 reb, 0.0 ast Kuzma: 10 g, 12.9 pts, 6.0 reb, 1.2 ast | 2 g, 6.5 pts, 8.5 reb, 2.0 ast Caldwell-Pope: 23 g, 9.8 pts, 2.7 reb, 1.9 ast | 2 g, 6.5 pts, 5.5 reb, 0.5 ast
Milwaukee Bucks Cousins, DeMarcus Out Return to Competition Reconditioning DiVincenzo, Donte Out Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Injury recovery Hill, George Probable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Hyperextension Lopez, Brook Out Injury/Illness – Back; Soreness Ojeleye, Semi Out Injury/Illness – Right Calf; Strain Toronto Raptors Anunoby, OG Out Injury/Illness – Left Hip; Pointer Birch, Khem Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Swelling Dragic, Goran Out Not With Team Trent Jr., Gary Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Calf; Contusion
RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors (9-13) continue a season-long seven-game homestand (Nov. 28 – Dec. 13) Thursday night against the Milwaukee Bucks (14-8) at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto has lost three in a row (Nov. 26- 30) and four of its last five (Nov. 21-30). The Raptors won two-of-three games vs. Milwaukee last season with the road team winning all three meetings. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet averaged 20.3 and 20.0 points, respectively, against the Bucks last year. • Through 20 games, Scottie Barnes is averaging 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 35.4 minutes. Barnes currently leads all rookies in points, rebounds and minutes per game, and 20-point games (five). With 19 points Tuesday vs. Memphis, Barnes (308) also became just the third rookie in Raptors franchise history to score 300 points through their first 20 games played, along with Damon Stoudamire (317) and Vince Carter (312). • The Raptors have lost five consecutive games at Scotiabank Arena (Nov. 5-30) for the first time since dropping five in a row Jan. 12-28, 2011. Toronto has started the season 2-8 at home and will play 10-of-13 games at Scotiabank Arena in December. • Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 20 points and five assists in 30 minutes of action Nov. 30 vs. Memphis. Siakam has now scored 17+ points in six straight games (Nov. 19-30). He is averaging a team-high 20.8 points and shooting .490 (47-96) from the field during this stretch. • Fred VanVleet (80) and Gary Trent Jr. (78) currently rank second and third respectively, in the NBA in deflections. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Trent Jr. is also fifth in the NBA in steals per game (2.05) and has recorded multiple steals in 12-of-20 games played this season. Trent Jr. is questionable for Thursday’s matchup with the Bucks with a right calf contusion. • Fred VanVleet finished with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds in 42 minutes Tuesday night against the Grizzlies. VanVleet led the Raptors on the glass for the third time, something he did four times in 52 games last season. In 21 games played this year, VanVleet is averaging a career-high 5.2 rebounds and has grabbed 5+ boards in 12 appearances. • Yuta Watanabe scored a season-high 11 points in 29 minutes as a reserve Nov. 30 vs. Memphis. Watanabe became the seventh different Raptor to lead the bench in scoring this season. • The Raptors announced Sunday Goran Dragic is taking some time away from the team to manage a personal matter. There is no definite timeline, and we will update as appropriate. PROBABLE STARTERS F – SCOTTIE BARNES #4
MIN: 35.4 REB: 8.2 AST: 3.3 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.2 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 15.4 • Recorded 19 points, seven rebounds and a season-high four blocks in 38 minutes Nov. 30 vs. Memphis. • Has made 10 threes in the last five games (Nov. 21-30) after making two in his first 15 games of the season. • Tied with Precious Achiuwa for the team lead with three double-doubles. F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 33.0 REB: 7.1 AST: 3.7 STL: 0.8 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 17.9 • Finished with team highs of 20 points and five assists in 30 minutes Nov. 30 vs. Memphis; added six rebounds. • Has led (or tied) the team in assists in each of the last three games (Nov. 26-30); totaling 14 assists. • Missed the first 10 games (Oct. 20 – Nov. 5) of the season recovering from left shoulder surgery. . C – PRECIOUS ACHIUWA #5
MIN: 25.9 REB: 7.9 AST: 1.5 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 8.0 • Tallied five points and five rebounds in 29 minutes of action Nov. 30 vs. Memphis. • Leads all sophomores in rebounding (7.9); has collected 10+ rebounds four times this season. • Averaging 7.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 25.9 minutes in 15 games as a starter. G – SVI MYKHAILIUK #14
MIN: 18.8 REB: 2.5 AST: 1.0 STL: 0.8 TO: 0.7 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 7.2 • Contributed seven points and one rebound in 18 minutes Nov. 30 vs. Memphis. • Has scored in double figures five times, including a season-high 16 points Oct. 30 at Indiana. • In four starts, averaging 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 31.2 minutes. G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 38.3 REB: 5.2 AST: 6.3 STL: 1.6 TO: 3.2 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 19.9 • Recorded 15 points, a team-high nine rebounds and three assists in 42 minutes Nov. 30 vs. Memphis. • Averaged 21.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 38.3 minutes during 14 games in November. • Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.3), has logged 40+ minutes in six games this season. INJURY REPORT OG Anunoby (Left Hip; Pointer) – Out Khem Birch (Right Knee; Swelling) – Out Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out Gary Trent Jr. (Right Calf; Contusion) – Questionable UPDATED: Dec. 2, 2021
NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Washington Wizards Date: Sunday, December 5 Tip-Off: 6 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN SERIES RECAP VS. WASHINGTON OVERALL HOME ROAD 2021-22 1-1 0-1 1-0 ALL-TIME 57-39 34-16 23-23 STREAKS Won 1 Lost 2 Won 5 LAST WIN: Nov. 3, 2021 (109-100) LAST HOME WIN: Apr. 5, 2021 (103-101) LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +39 (Jan. 30, 2008) LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -28 (Jan. 11, 200
2021-22 RECORDS W-L EAST WEST OVERALL 9-13 7-8 2-5 HOME 2-8 2-6 0-2 AWAY 7-5 5-2 2-3 OVERTIME 0-0 0-0 0-0
BUCKS PREVIOUS GAME STARTERS
22 F – Khris Middleton 6-7 227 Texas A&M/USA 10th season G GS PPG RPG APG MPG FG% 3FG% FT% 14 14 17.1 5.2 4.9 30.2 .413 .337 .868 34 F – Giannis Antetokounmpo 6-11 243 Filathlitikos/Greece 9th season G GS PPG RPG APG MPG FG% 3FG% FT% 21 21 27.6 11.8 6.0 32.7 .532 .276 .673 9 F – Bobby Portis Jr. 6-10 258 Arkansas/USA 7th season G GS PPG RPG APG MPG FG% 3FG% FT% 17 13 15.1 8.3 1.4 27.8 .483 .427 .800 7 G – Grayson Allen 6-3 212 Duke/USA 4th season G GS PPG RPG APG MPG FG% 3FG% FT% 22 22 14.0 4.0 1.5 28.8 .458 .429 .879 21 G – Jrue Holiday 6-4 224 UCLA/USA 13th season G GS PPG RPG APG MPG FG% 3FG% FT% 16 15 14.6 4.6 5.9 31.0 .432 .321 .680
RECENT TRANSACTIONS DATE TRANSACTION Nov. 30 Signed guard Javonte Smart to a Two-Way contract Nov. 30 Signed center DeMarcus Cousins Nov. 30 Recalled Georgios Kalaitzakis and Jordan Nwora from the Wisconsin Herd Nov. 29 Requested waivers on Two-Way guard Justin Robinson
• Winners of their Past eight games, the Milwaukee Bucks head to Toronto to take on the Raptors Thursday night to complete their back-to-back. The Bucks won their eighth consecutive game, and improved to 14-8 on the season, with a 127-125 win over the Hornets at Fiserv Forum last night. • The Bucks are playing the Raptors in Toronto for the first time since Feb. 25 of the 2019-20 season. Milwaukee has won its past four regular season games in Toronto dating to the 2017-18 season (Bucks have 5 consecutive road wins over the Raptors including last season’s lone road matchup in Tampa, Fla). • Milwaukee matched its season high for scoring with 127 points in Tuesday’s win (also had 127 in the season opener vs. BKN) and is now 5-0 this season when it reaches the 120-point mark. Three of the Bucks’ five 120-point games this season have come during their current eight-game winning streak. • In Wednesday’s win over the Hornets, Giannis Antetokounmpo came one assist shy of a triple-double as he put up 40 points, which included the game-winning layup with 2.0 seconds remaining, 12 rebounds and a season-high-tying nine assists. This was Antetokounmpo’s third 40-point game of the season (2nd-most in NBA) and his second game with 40+ pts, 10+ rebs and 5+ asts (no other player in the NBA has a 40/10/5 game this season). • Khris Middleton hit the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season as he put up 21 points, making a season-high-tying four 3s, in Tuesday’s win against Charlotte. The Bucks are 4-0 this season when Middleton scores 20+ points