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GAME #17 – TORONTO RAPTORS (12-4) vs. NEW YORK KNICKS (4-13) WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2019 – 7:30 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENA TV: TSN – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors complete their two-game homestand (Nov. 25-27) Wednesday night when they host the New York Knicks at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have won 14 of their past 15 games against New York, including the past six meetings. Toronto has won seven in a row vs. the Knicks at home. In four games against the Knicks last season, Pascal Siakam averaged 20.8 points, while Fred VanVleet led the Raptors averaging 7.5 assists.
• The Raptors have matched a franchise record with seven straight victories at home to open the season. Toronto also 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 (6-0), Miami (7 -0) and Philadelphia (7-0).
• With Monday’s victory over Philadelphia, Toronto tied an NBA record with its 32nd consecutive victory at home vs. the Atlantic Division. The Raptors’ last loss at Scotiabank Arena against an Atlantic Division foe was Nov. 10, 2015 vs. New York. Since 1970-71 (the division format era), Golden State (Oct. 30, 2013 – Apr. 12, 2017) and Utah (Nov. 15, 1996 – Apr. 12, 1999) are the only other teams to win 32 straight games at home vs. divisional opponents.
• Rondae Hollis-Jefferson matched his season-high with 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to earn his second double-double of the season Nov. 25 vs. Philadelphia. Over his past eight games, Hollis-Jefferson has scored in double digits four times (Nov. 10-25), averaging 10.9 points during this stretch.
• 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. Ten of Toronto’s 16 games in December are against teams currently with a +.500. The Raptors are 2-4 this season vs. teams that have a winning record.
• Toronto held Philadelphia to .409 (36-for-88) shooting from the field on Monday night. It marked the seventh time this season the Raptors have held their opposition to a shooting percentage under 41 per cent from the floor. The Raptors currently lead the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.413) and rank seventh in opponent three-point field goal percentage (.337).
• Fred VanVleet recorded 24 points and eight assists in 38 minutes of play Monday night against Philadelphia. VanVleet has now scored 20 or more points in five of the last six games, averaging 23.0 points during this stretch. He has also had at least four more assists than turnovers in each of the last 12 games (Oct. 30 – Nov. 25). During this span, VanVleet has totaled 98 assists compared to 30 turnovers.
• Terence Davis ll has scored in double digits in three of the past four games (Nov. 18-25), averaging 13.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists during this stretch. Davis ranks sixth among rookies in field goal percentage (.493) and fourth in three-point field goal shooting percentage (.450).
• Toronto ranks first in the NBA with a .393 three-point shooting percentage and fourth in three-pointers made per game (14.1) – behind only Houston (15.2), New Orleans (15.0) and Dallas (14.5).
F – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 29.5 REB: 5.1 AST: 1.5 STL: 0.9 TO: 1.1 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 11.8
• Totaled 12 points, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 35 minutes Nov. 25 vs. Philadelphia. • Has scored 10 or more points eight times, including two 20-point performances. • Ranks fourth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.491); has made multiple threes in eight games.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 37.1 REB: 8.4 AST: 4.0 STL: 0.8 TO: 2.8 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 25.7
• Finished with a team-high 25 points and seven rebounds in 40 minutes of play Nov. 25 vs. Philadelphia. • Has recorded six games of 30+ points; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season. • Tied for ninth in the NBA in scoring (25.7) and ranks sixth in minutes per game (37.1).
C – MARC GASOL #33
MIN: 28.8 REB: 6.8 AST: 3.5 STL: 0.44 TO: 1.5 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 6.0
• Matched his season-high with nine assists in 35 minutes Nov. 25 vs. Philadelphia; added six rebounds. • 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: 27.6 REB: 4.0 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.7 TO: 1.5 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 11.8
• Recorded 10 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes Nov. 25 vs. Philadelphia. • Averaging 14.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 31.0 minutes in eight games as a starter. • Has scored in double figures in five straight games (Nov. 16-25); averaging 17.6 points during this stretch.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 38.0 REB: 3.9 AST: 7.7 STL: 1.8 TO: 2.6 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 18.5
• Finished with 24 points, eight assists and two steals in 38 minutes Nov. 25 vs. Philadelphia. • Has recorded at least five assists in 16 games this season (Oct. 22-Nov. 25) – the longest streak of his career. • Ranks eighth in the NBA in assists (7.7) and first in minutes per game (38.0).
Dewan Hernandez (Right thumb; sprain) – Out
Serge Ibaka (Right ankle; sprain) – Doubtful
Stanley Johnson (Left groin; stress reaction) – Out
Kyle Lowry (Left thumb; distal phalanx fracture) – Out
Patrick McCaw (Left knee; surgery) – Out
Matt Thomas (Left middle finger; distal phalanx fracture) – Out
RECAP VS. NEW YORK OVERALL HOME ROAD
2018-19 4-0 2-0 2-0
ALL-TIME 52-41 30-16 22-25
STREAKS Won 6 Won 7 Won 3
LAST WIN: March 28, 2019 (117-92)
LAST HOME WIN: March 18, 2018 (128-92)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +36, March 18, 2019
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -46, April 15, 1996
LAST TIME VS. NEW YORK GAME 76 – MARCH 28, 2019 TORONTO 117, NEW YORK 92
NEW YORK – Pascal Siakam scored 31 points and the Toronto Raptors routed the New York Knicks for the second time in 11 nights, winning 117- 92 to sweep the season series … Toronto rested Kawhi Leonard, just as it did in its 128-92 victory at home on March 18 … The Raptors led by as many as 31 points, never trailed and were up by at least 15 for the entire second half … Danny Green added 15 points on five 3-pointers for the Raptors, who also were without OG Anunoby because of lingering concussion-like symptoms after he took a hit to the head in their victory over Chicago … Rookie Mitchell Robinson had season highs of 19 points and 21 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost their fifth straight and fell to 1-13 over the last month … The Knicks started 4 for 17 and fell behind 22-10, and the game never really got much closer … It was 30-18 after one, grew to 55-33 when Siakam made a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left in the half, and Toronto led 55-36 at the break after making 12 3-pointers while the Knicks went 1 for 13.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 30 25 32 30 117
NEW YORK 18 18 28 28 92
INJURY REPORTS AS OF 1:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY
New York Knicks:
Allen, Kadeem Out G League – Two-Way
Barrett, RJ Probable Injury/Illness – Illness.
Brazdeikis, Ignas Out G League – On Assignment
Bullock, Reggie Out Injury/Illness – Neck; cervical disc herniation
Knox II, Kevin Probable Injury/Illness – Left Quadricep; contused
Ntilikina, Frank Probable Injury/Illness – Left Quadricep; contused; sore groin
Payton, Elfrid Out Injury/Illness – Right Hamstring; strained
– Rabb, Ivan Out G League – Two-Way –
Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Thumb; Sprain
Ibaka, Serge Doubtful Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain –
Johnson, Stanley Out Injury/Illness – Left Groin; Stress reaction –
Lowry, Kyle Out Injury/Illness – Left Thumb; Fracture; distal phalanx –
McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery –
Thomas , Matt Out Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Middle; distal phalanx fracture –