FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 97, MILWAUKEE BUCKS 93
DATE: DECEMBER 2, 2021 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)
Holiday – 26
Portis Jr. – 11
Holiday – 8
VanVleet – 29
3 players – 8
3 players – 4
Toronto went on a 6-0 run beginning at the 4:34 mark in the fourth quarter to extend its lead to eight with 2:16 left in the game … Milwaukee would cut the lead to two with six seconds remaining.
Toronto entered the fourth quarter leading 73-68, and with the win improve to 8-2 when leading after three quarters of play … Fred VanVleet’s 26-point second half also marks the most points scored through in a half by a Raptor this season.
With the win, Toronto improves to 10-13 this season and 3-8 at home … The Raptors have now won three consecutive games against the Bucks for the first time since 2016-2017 … Toronto will continue a seven-game homestand (Nov. 28 – Dec. 13), the longest of the season, Sunday against the Washington Wizards.
Fred VanVleet finished with a team-high 29 points (9-17 FG, 5-10 3PT, 6-6 FT) and added five rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes … VanVleet has led the Raptors in scoring in three of last four games … He has recorded 15+ points in six straight contests (Nov.21-Dec.1), shooting 48-99 (.485) from the field during this stretch.
Pascal Siakam tallied 20 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in 35 minutes … Siakam has now scored 20+ points in two consecutive games (Nov. 30- Dec. 1) and 17+ points in seven straight games (Nov. 19-Dec. 1) … He has also led (or tied) the Raptors in assists in four straight games (Nov. 26-Dec. 1).
Scottie Barnes recorded 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 39 minutes … Barnes has now grabbed 7+ rebounds in seven consecutive games (Nov. 19-Dec. 1) … He has also scored 3+ three-pointers in three straight contests, shooting .476 (10-for-21) from beyond the arc during this stretch.
With the loss Milwaukee falls to 14-9, including 7-5 on the road … The loss also snaps Milwaukee’s eight-game winning streak … The Bucks return home to play the Miami Heat on Saturday night.
Jrue Holiday tallied a season-high 26 points (10-19 FG 4-5 3PT 2-5 FT) and added six rebounds and eight assists in 37 minutes … Tonight marked just the second time this season that Holiday has led the Bucks in scoring.
Khris Middleton scored 22 points and added eight rebounds in 35 minutes … Middleton has now scored 20+ points in back-to-back games.
Bobby Portis Jr. recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes for his seventh double-double of the season … Portis Jr. has now scored in double digits in a career-high 14 consecutive games.
Tonight’s loss marks the first time in 45 games that Milwaukee has lost when holding opponents under 100 points … The Bucks’ winning streak, dating back to Dec. 25, 2018, was the longest active streak in the NBA.
• The Toronto Raptors (9-12) continue a season-long seven-game homestand (Nov. 28 – Dec. 13) Tuesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies (10-10) at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto has lost consecutive games and three of its last four. Fred VanVleet scored 23 points as the Raptors rallied to beat Grizzlies 126-113 in Memphis last week (Nov. 24). The Grizzlies led 71-59 at the half. The Raptors have won seven of the last eight meetings vs. Memphis. • Pascal Siakam recorded 18 points, seven rebounds and a team-high five assists Sunday vs. Boston. Siakam has now scored 17+ points in five straight games (Nov. 19-28). He is averaging 21.0 points an shooting .494 (38-77) from the field, including 40 percent (8-20) from beyond the arc, during this stretch. • Gary Trent Jr. (78) and Fred VanVleet (76) currently rank second and third respectively, in the NBA in deflections. Trent Jr. is also fourth in the NBA in steals per game (2.05) and has recorded multiple steals in 12-of-20 games played this season. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Toronto leads the NBA in deflections (19.8) and ranks second in steals (9.6) this season. • Rookie Scottie Barnes contributed 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes Nov. 28 vs. Boston – his fifth 20-point game of the season. Barnes currently leads all rookies in scoring (15.2), rebounds (8.3) and minutes (35.3), and ranks third with a .485 field goal percentage (117-for-241). He has paced Toronto in scoring five times, rebounds on seven occasions and assists in four games. • Scottie Barnes is the first Raptors rookie to have five 20-point games since Charlie Villanueva reached the 20-point mark 12 times during the 2005-06 season. Damon Stoudamire hold the franchise record with 37 20-point outings as a rookie in 1995-96. • Fred VanVleet scored a team-high 27 points (8-16 FG, 5-10 3PT, 6-7 FT) Sunday against the Celtics. He has now scored 20+ points in three consecutive games (Nov. 24-28). VanVleet is averaging a team-high 25.3 points, while shooting .529 (27-51) from the field and .444 (12-27) from beyond the arc, over the last three. VanVleet has scored 20+ points a team-high nine times this season. • Toronto has dropped four in a row (Nov. 5-28) at Scotiabank Arena for the first time since Nov. 26 – Dec. 10, 2013. The Raptors will play 10-of-13 games at home in December. • 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: 35.3 REB: 8.3 AST: 3.3 STL: 1.1 TO: 2.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 15.2 • Recorded 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes Nov. 28 vs. Boston. • Tied with Precious Achiuwa for the team lead with three double-doubles. • Leads all rookies in scoring (15.2), rebounds (8.3) and minutes (35.3), and ranks third with a .485 field goal pct. F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 33.2 REB: 7.2 AST: 3.6 STL: 0.8 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 17.7 • Finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and a team-high five assists in 38 minutes Nov. 28 vs. Boston. • Has scored 17+ points in five consecutive games (Nov. 19-28), averaging 21.0 points during this stretch. • Missed the first 10 games (Oct. 20 – Nov. 5) of the season recovering from left shoulder surgery. . C – PRECIOUS ACHIUWA #5
MIN: 25.7 REB: 8.1 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 8.2 • Tallied six points and a team-high nine rebounds in 36 minutes of action Nov. 28 vs. Boston. • Leads all sophomores in rebounding (8.1); has grabbed 10+ rebounds four times this season. • Averaging 8.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 25.7 minutes in 14 games as a starter. G – SVI MYKHAILIUK #14
MIN: 25.7 REB: 8.1 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 8.2 • Contributed 12 points, a season-high eight rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes Nov. 28 vs. Boston. • In three starts this season, averaging 14.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 35.8 minutes. • Has scored in double figures five times, inlcuding a season-best 16 points Oct. 30 at Indiana. G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 25.7 REB: 8.1 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 8.2 • Scored a team-high 27 points Nov. 28 vs. Boston; added six rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes. • Averaging 21.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 38.0 minutes during 13 games in November. • Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.1), has logged 40+ minutes in five 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
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES PREVIOUS STARTING LINEUP 2021-22 Regular Season Record When Using This Starting Lineup: 1-0 SF # 24 6-6 ½ 220 Previous Game 21 PTS 6 REB 1 AST 2 STL 0 BLK 21:11 Selected 45th overall in 2017 NBA Draft after guiding Oregon to the school’s first Final Four since 1939. Averaged career highs in points, assists, steals and free throw % in 2020-21. 25.8 PPG in first career playoff series (2021 First Round vs. Utah); 31 PTS in Game 1 win set franchise record for a career playoff debut. DILLON BROOKS Oregon / Canada 5 5th Season PPG: 18.6 RPG: 3.6 APG: 2.3 PF # 13 6-11 242 Previous Game 17 PTS 9 REB 0 AST 0 STL 2 BLK 22:12 Selected fourth overall in 2018 NBA Draft after freshman year at Michigan State. 2018-19 All-Rookie First Team selection. Career-high 43 PTS (9 3PM) on 12/13/2019 vs. Milwaukee; first player in NBA history with 9+ 3PM in a game while under 21 years old. JAREN JACKSON JR. Michigan State / USA 4 4th Season PPG: 15.0 RPG: 5.7 APG: 1.0 C # 4 6-11 265 Previous Game 3 PTS 12 REB 4 AST 1 STL 3 BLK 20:43 Selected 12th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. Sixth in NBA history in career FG% (.591). Averages 3.5 OREB/G for his career (4.1 OREB/G since 2016-17 season). One of four New Zealand-born players in NBA history. STEVEN ADAMS Pittsburgh / New Zealand 9 9th Season PPG: 6.6 RPG: 8.0 APG: 2.8 SG # 22 6-6 215 Previous Game 18 PTS 5 REB 2 AST 0 STL 1 BLK 26:25 Selected 30th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft. Named 2020-21 NBA All-Rookie Second Team. Led all rookies last season in 3-point percentage (.432), the third-highest rookie 3P% since 2009-10 (Stephen Curry, Jayson Tatum). DESMOND BANE TCU / USA 2 2nd Season PPG: 15.6 RPG: 3.9 APG: 2.0 PG # 21 6-0 ¼ 196 Previous Game 6 PTS 3 REB 8 AST 0 STL 0 BLK 23:49 Selected 24th overall in 2015 NBA Draft. Third player in NBA history to lead the league in assist-to-turnover ratio in three straight seasons (Muggsy Bogues, Chris Paul). Named 2015 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player after leading Duke to the national title. TYUS JONES Duke / USA 7 7th Season PPG: 6.2 RPG: 2.1 APG: 3.3 SF # 24 6-6 ½ 220 Previous Game 21 PTS 6 REB 1 AST 2 STL 0 BLK 21:11 Selected 45th overall in 2017 NBA Draft after guiding Oregon to the school’s first Final Four since 1939. Averaged career highs in points, assists, steals and free throw % in 2020-21. 25.8 PPG in first career playoff series (2021 First Round vs. Utah); 31 PTS in Game 1 win set franchise record for a career playoff debut.
BEARNECESSITIES The Memphis Grizzlies close out the month of November with their first trip north of the border in nearly three years, as the team finishes its two-game season series with the Toronto Raptors… Memphis’ last visit to Toronto came on Jan. 19, 2019 (a 119-90 Raptors victory). Toronto, 2-7 at home but 7-5 on the road, defeated Memphis 126-113 in the teams’ first meeting this season on Nov. 24 at FedExForum. The Grizzlies won their previous road matchup with the Raptors on May 8, 2021, in Tampa, Florida, but are seeking their first victory in Toronto since Feb. 20, 2013… The Raptors have taken the last six tilts played in Toronto. Mississauga native Dillon Brooks, who has scored in double figures in all of his seven appearances this season, scored a team-high 21 points in Memphis’ 128-101 home win over the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 28… It was Memphis’ first game this season without leading scorer Ja Morant, who sustained a left knee sprain in the first quarter on Nov. 26 vs. Atlanta.
FINAL SCORE: BOSTON CELTICS 109, TORONTO RAPTORS 97
DATE: NOVEMBER 28, 2021ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)
Smart – 21
Horford – 11
Tatum – 10
VanVleet – 27
Achiuwa – 9
Siakam – 5
Boston went on a 14-2 run early in the fourth quarter to extend its lead to 13 points with 6:21 left in the game – its largest lead of the night … The Celtics led by at least nine the rest of the way.
The Celtics outrebounded Toronto 53-44 in the win and improved to 10-3 when grabbing more (or same) rebounds than their opponents … Boston entered tonight ranked fourth in the NBA in rebounds (47.0) … Al Horford grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, while Enes Kanter tied a season best with 10 boards.
With the loss, Toronto falls to 9-12 this season and 2-7 at home … The Raptors will continue a season-long seven- game homestand (Nov. 28 – Dec. 13) Tuesday against the Memphis Grizzlies … Toronto won the first meeting between the two teams last week 126-113 in Memphis.
Fred VanVleet scored a game-high 27 points (8-16 FG, 5-10 3PT, 6-7 FT), and added six rebounds, in 40 minutes in the loss … VanVleet has now scored 20+ points in three consecutive games (Nov. 24-28), shooting .529 (27-for-51) from the field during this stretch.
Scottie Barnes finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes … Barnes has scored 20+ points five times this season.
Pascal Siakam tallied 18 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in 38 minutes … Siakam has scored 17+ points in five straight games (Nov. 19-28).
Toronto committed just 11 turnovers compared to 18 by the Celtics … Toronto has committed fewer (or same) turnovers than its opponent in 17-of-21 games this season.
With the win Boston improves to 11-10, including 6-6 on the road … Tonight’s victory marked the Celtics’ fourth-straight win against the Raptors on the road … Boston will return home to play the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
Al Horford finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes for his team-leading eighth double-double of the season … Horford recorded one double-double in 28 games with OKC last year.
Jayson Tatum recorded eight points, seven rebounds and a season-high 10 assists in the win … This marks just the fourth time that Tatum has finished with 10+ assists in his career.
Josh Richardson tied a season-high with 18 points in 27 minutes off the bench … He has now scored 15+ points in four games this season.
Boston Celtics Brown, Jaylen Questionable Return to Competition Reconditioning Hauser, Sam Out G League – Two-Way Schroder, Dennis Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain Thomas, Brodric Out G League – Two-Way Williams III, Robert Out Injury/Illness – Illness; Non-COVID Toronto Raptors Anunoby, OG Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Hip; Pointer Birch, Khem Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Swelling Johnson, David Out G League – Two-Way Trent Jr., Gary Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Calf; Contusion
GAME #21 – TORONTO RAPTORS (9-11) vs. BOSTON CELTICS (10-10) SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021 – 6 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENA TV: SPORTSNET – RADIO: TSN 1050 TORONTO
The Toronto Raptors (9-11) begin a season-long seven-game homestand (Nov. 28 – Dec. 13) Sunday night against the Boston Celtics (10-10) at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors and Celtics have split the first two meetings this season which were both in Boston. The Raptors will end the calendar year with 12 of their next 15 games at home (Nov. 28 – Dec. 31). Toronto (2-6) has played just eight games at Scotiabank Arena this season – second fewest in the Eastern Conference behind Miami (seven). • The Raptors committed 11 turnovers Friday night at Indiana, compared to 13 for the Pacers. Toronto has now recorded fewer turnovers (or same) than its opponent in 16-of-20 games this season. The Raptors currently rank fourth in the NBA in turnovers per game (12.9) and are tied with Detroit for second in opponent turnovers per game (16.6) – behind only Minnesota (18.0). • Rookie Scottie Barnes recorded 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists Friday against the Pacers. Barnes leads all rookies in scoring (14.9), rebounds (8.3) and minutes (35.2), and ranks third with a .489 field goal percentage (110-225). He has led Toronto in scoring five times, rebounds on seven occasions and scored 20+ points in four games. • Pascal Siakam has scored 17+ points in four straight games (Nov. 19-26). Siakam is averaging a teamhigh 21.8 points and is shooting .517 (30-58) from the field, including 50 percent (8-16) from beyond the arc, over the last four contests. He scored a season-high 32 points Nov. 19 at Sacramento. • Gary Trent Jr. (78) and Fred VanVleet (72) rank first and third respectively, in the NBA in deflections. Trent Jr. is also fifth in the NBA in steals per game (2.05) and has tied his single-game career high with five steals three times. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Toronto leads the NBA in steals (9.8) and deflections (20.1) per game this season. • Fred VanVleet led all scorers with 26 points Friday at Indiana. VanVleet scored 20+ points for the second consecutive game (Nov. 24-26) and third time in the last five (Nov. 18-26). He is averaging 20.6 points and shooting 44 percent (37-84) from the field over the last five contests. • OG Anunoby missed his fifth straight game (Nov. 18-26) Nov. 26 at Indiana with a left hip pointer. He sustained the injury during practice Nov. 17 in Portland. Anunoby is averaging a team-high 20.1 points and has scored 20+ points eight times in 15 games this season. He is questionable for Sunday’s game. PROBABLE STARTERS F – SCOTTIE BARNES #4
MIN: 35.2 REB: 8.3 AST: 3.3 STL: 1.1 TO: 2.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 14.9 • Recorded 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in 35 minutes Nov. 26 at Indiana. • Tied with Precious Achiuwa for the team lead with three double-doubles. • Leads all rookies in scoring (14.9), rebounds (8.3) and minutes (35.2), and ranks third in field goal pct (.489). F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
• Finished with 17 points, a season high-tying 12 rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes Nov. 26 at Indiana. • Averaging 21.8 points and is shooting .517 (30-58) from the field over the last four games (Nov. 19-26). • Missed the first 10 games (Oct. 20 – Nov. 5) of the season recovering from left shoulder surgery. . C – PRECIOUS ACHIUWA #5
• Tallied nine points, seven rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes of action Nov. 26 at Indiana. • Shooting .594 (19-32) from the floor over the last four games (Nov. 19-26). • Averaging 8.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 24.8 minutes in 13 games as a starter.
• Contributed 13 points and two steals in 32 minutes Nov. 26 at Indiana. • Ranks fifth in the NBA in steals per game (2.05); has recorded multiple steals in 12 games. • Averaging 19.3 points and is shooting .382 (39-102) from three-point range in November (13 games). G – FRED VANVLEET #23 • Scored a team-high 26 points Nov. 26 at Indiana; added five rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes. • In nine wins this season, averaging 21.1 points and is shooting .441 (30-68) from beyond the arc. • Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.0), has logged at least 38 minutes in 10 games.
INJURY REPORT OG Anunoby (Left Hip; Pointer) – Questionable Khem Birch (Right Knee; Swelling) – Out David Johnson (G League – Two-Way) – Out Gary Trent Jr. (Right Calf; Contusion) – Questionable.
PROBABLE STARTERS POS No. PLAYER HT WT G GS PPG RPG APG FG% MPG F 0 Jayson Tatum 6’8 210 20 20 25.1 8.6 3.4 40.5 36.6 F 12 Grant Williams 6’6’ 236 20 7 7.3 3.5 1.2 51.0 21.3 C 42 Al Horford 6’9 240 17 17 12.2 8.2 3.4 44.8 28.9 G 7 Jaylen Brown 6’6 220 11 11 23.0 5.5 2.1 46.9 33.2 G 36 Marcus Smart 6’3 220 19 19 10.6 3.8 5.6 38.6 34.9 *height listed without shoes INJURY REPORT Player Injury Status Jaylen Brown Return to Competition Reconditioning Questionable Dennis Schröder Right Ankle Sprain Out Robert Williams Illness (Non-Covid) Out INACTIVE LIST (PREVIOUS GAME) Player Sam Hauser Josh Richardson Brodric Thomas Robert Williams
Lee, Saben Out G League – On Assignment Livers, Isaiah Out G League – On Assignment Olynyk, Kelly Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Sprain Pickett, Jamorko Out G League – Two-Way Smith, Chris Out G League – Two-Way
Achiuwa, Precious Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Shoulder; Tendinitis Birch, Khem Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Swelling VanVleet, Fred Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Groin; Soreness Watanabe, Yuta Out Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Strain
• The Toronto Raptors (7-6) host the Detroit Pistons (2-9) on Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena. The Pistons swept the season-series (3-0) with Toronto last season. Gary Trent Jr. and Fred VanVleet hit backto-back 3-pointers over the final 1:10 to lift the Raptors past the 76ers, 115-109, on Thursday night. The victory snapped a three-game winless streak for Toronto. Following Saturday’s game, the Raptors begin a season long-tying six-game road trip (Nov. 15-26) Monday in Portland. • Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 32 points and seven assists in 40 minutes of action Nov. 11 at Philadelphia. VanVleet scored 30+ points for the second time this season and 12th time in his career. With Thursday’s victory, Toronto improved to 10-2 when VanVleet reaches the 30-point mark. • After being outrebounded 24-14 on the offensive glass the previous two games (Nov. 7-10), the Raptors grabbed 16 offensive boards in Thursday’s win over Philadelphia, and outscored the Sixers 32-15 in second chance points. Toronto ranks second in the NBA in offensive rebounds per game (13.3) this season. • Rookie Scottie Barnes finished with 13 points, a team high-tying nine rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes Nov. 11 at Philadelphia. Barnes currently leads all rookies in scoring (16.6 ppg), rebounds (8.5) and field goal percentage (.527 – min. 50 FGA). He has led the team in scoring in five of his first 11 games played, scored 20+ points four times and earned two double-doubles. Barnes sat out two games (Nov. 1-3) with a sprained right thumb. • Gary Trent Jr. (59) and Fred VanVleet (52) rank first and tied for second, respectively, in the NBA in deflections. Trent Jr. also ranks third in the NBA in steals per game (2.46) and has already tied his career high with five steals three times. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Toronto currently ranks second in the NBA in steals per game (10.6). • Precious Achiuwa recorded four points and a team high-tying nine rebounds Thursday vs. the Sixers. He has now grabbed eight-or-more rebounds in six straight games (Nov. 1-11). Achiuwa is averaging a teamhigh 8.7 rebounds this season and has led the team on the glass in eight games. • Pistons head coach Dwane Casey is Toronto’s all-time leader in coaching victories (320). He helped the Raptors increase its win total five times during his six seasons as head coach, including a franchise-record 59 victories during the 2017-18 campaign. Toronto reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in 2016 and recorded three consecutive 50-win seasons under Casey’s direction (2015-18).
QUICK FACTS The Pistons went 3-0 against Toronto in last season’s series after going 0-3 in 2019-20. Detroit has an 6-7 record against Toronto over the past four seasons. Detroit holds a 57-38 all-time record against the Raptors with a 31-19 home record and a 26-19 road record. SERIES TRENDS Detroit will play two games on the road against Toronto this season and one at home. This season will be the team’s first time playing more games on the road than at home against the Raptors since the 2013-14 season. The Pistons have traded series sweeps with the Raptors since 2017-18, with Detroit going 3-0 in both 2020-21 and 2018-19. CONNECTIONS Detroit head coach Dwane Casey coached the Toronto Raptors from 2011-12. Casey led the Raptors to a franchise record five-straight postseasons and won Coach of the Year in 2017-18. Casey went 320-238 in seven seasons with Toronto. Pistons guard Cory Joseph played for Toronto for two seasons, averaging 8.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.8 steals in 160 games (26 starts) from 2015-17.
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GAME #12 – TORONTO RAPTORS (6-5) vs. BOSTON CELTICS (4-6) WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2021 – 7:30 P.M. (ET) – TD GARDEN TV: SPORTSNET – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN • The Toronto Raptors (6-5) play the first game of a back-to-back set Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics (4-6) at TD Garden. The Raptors visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. Wednesday marks the second of four meetings between the division rivals this season. Scottie Barnes had season highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds and the Raptors beat Boston 115-83 to spoil the Celtics’ home opener. Toronto has never defeated the Celtics in Boston twice in the same season. • Toronto has started a season with four straight road wins for the first time in franchise history. The Raptors will play eight of their next nine games on the road (Nov. 10-26). • Pascal Siakam returned to the starting lineup Sunday vs. Brooklyn. Siakam missed the first 10 games of the regular season recovering from left shoulder surgery. He underwent surgery in June to repair a torn labrum. Siakam scored 15 points in 25 minutes of action against the Nets. • Fred VanVleet (581) passed Andrea Bargnani (579) for fourth on the Raptors’ all-time three-point field goals list Sunday vs. Brooklyn. Kyle Lowry holds the franchise record with 1,518 three-pointers, followed by Morris Peterson (801) and Terrence Ross (598). • Rookie Scottie Barnes tied the Raptors rookie record for steals in a game with five Sunday afternoon against the Nets. Jamario Moon had five steals Jan. 18, 2008 vs. Atlanta, while Damon Stoudamire recorded five steals Jan. 11, 1996 also against the Hawks. Barnes currently leads all rookies in scoring (16.6 ppg), rebounds (8.7) and field goal percentage (.524 – min. 50 FGA). He has led the team in scoring in four of his first nine games played, scored 20+ points three times and earned two double-doubles. • Gary Trent Jr. (48) and Fred VanVleet (45) rank first and second, respectively, in the NBA in deflections. Trent Jr. also leads the NBA in steals per game (2.73) and has already tied his career high with five steals three times this year. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. • The Raptors had a season-low eight turnovers Sunday against the Nets. Toronto currently ranks third in the NBA in turnovers per game (12.8). Over the last four games (Nov. 1-7), Toronto has committed just 39 turnovers, while forcing opponents into 64 turnovers (+25 differential). • OG Anunoby is averaging a team-high 20.2 points this season (+4.3 ppg from 2020-21). Anunoby leads the Raptors with 31 threes and is shooting 36 percent (31-86) from beyond the arc. Anunoby has scored 20+ points six times, including a career-best 36 points in a victory Nov. 1 at New York.
DATE: NOVEMBER 5, 2021 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)
Garland – 21
Allen – 15
Garland – 8
Anunoby – 23
Barnes – 9
VanVleet – 6
Cleveland entered the fourth quarter down six points (80-74) but went on a 13-5 run midway through the quarter tie the game at 94 with 4:42 remaining.
The Cavaliers outscored the Raptors 28-19 in the fourth quarter … Darius Garland tallied 12 of his team-high 21 points in the final frame, including a pair of free-throws that put Cleveland ahead 102-101 with 4.8 seconds remaining in the game.
With the loss, Toronto falls to 6-4 this season and 2-4 at home … The Raptors will continue a two-game homestand Sunday afternoon against the Brooklyn Nets.
Gary Trent Jr. tallied 17 points and a career-high six steals in the loss … Trent Jr. entered tonight ranked second in the NBA in steals per game (2.78).
OG Anunoby scored a game-high 23 points tonight on 10-for-21 shooting … Anunoby has scored 20+ points in the last six of eight games (Oct. 23 – Nov. 5), and has scored 15+ points in eight straight games (Oct. 23 – Nov. 5) … He has now led the Raptors in scoring four times.
Dalano Banton scored a career-best 11 points in 10 minutes off the bench … Banton scored in double digits for the third time this season … He entered tonight second in field-goal percentage among rookies (.548), behind only Scottie Barnes.
Khem Birch recorded a season-high seven offensive rebounds in the loss … Birch leads Toronto with 35 offensive rebounds off the bench this season.
Scottie Barnes returned to the lineup after sitting out the last two games (Nov. 1-3) with a sprained right thumb and finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
With the win Cleveland improves to 6-4, including 4-3 on the road … The Cavaliers have now won three consecutive games and snap a six-game winless streak in Toronto dating back to the 2017-2018 season … Cleveland will now travel to New York to play the Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Darius Garland scored a season-best 21 points and added a game-high eight assists in the win … Garland shot 8-for-12 from the field.
Jarrett Allen scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season … Allen shot 5-for-6 from the field.
• The Toronto Raptors finish a three-game road trip (Oct. 30 – Nov. 3) Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Washington beat the Raptors 98-83 in Toronto to open the season. The Wizards have won the last two meetings, however the Raptors have won four in a row in Washington. Toronto has started the season with three straight road victories for the first time since 2016-17. • OG Anunoby scored a career-best 36 points (13-27 FG, 4-12 3PT, 6-7 FT) in Monday’s victory at New York – his third career 30-point effort. Anunoby has now scored 20+ points in four of the last six games (Oct. 23 – Nov. 1), averaging 22.8 points. He is shooting .464 (52-112) from the field and .407 (22-54) from 3-point range during this stretch. • The Raptors have won four in a row following Monday’s 113-104 victory at New York. Toronto has recorded 49 steals and has a +30 turnover differential (47-to-77) over the last four games. • Gary Trent Jr. and Fred VanVleet lead the NBA in deflections this season with 38 apiece. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Trent Jr. currently ranks fourth in the league in steals per game (2.75) and has recorded multiple steals in six of the first eight games, including a career high-tying five steals twice. The Raptors rank first in the NBA in steals per game (11.1) this season after finishing fourth in steals (8.6) in 2020-21. • Fred VanVleet has scored 15+ points in six straight games (Oct. 23 – Nov. 1). VanVleet is averaging 18.8 points, 7.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds during this stretch, and is shooting .468 (44-94) from the floor and .378 (17-45) from three-point range. • The Raptors grabbed 13 offensive rebounds and outscored New York 16-8 in second chance points Monday night. Toronto currently leads the NBA in offensive rebounds per game (14.3) and ranks second in second-chance points per game (16.9). The Raptors finished last season ranked 20th in the league in offensive rebounds (9.4). Reserve Khem Birch leads Toronto with 25 offensive rebounds this season, including 13 in the last four games (Oct. 27 – Nov. 1). • Rookie Scottie Barnes will miss his second straight game with sprained right thumb. He injured the thumb late in the fourth quarter Oct. 30 at Indiana. Barnes currently leads all rookies in scoring (18.1 ppg), rebounds (8.9) and field goal percentage (.551). He has paced the team in scoring in four of his first seven games played, scored 20+ points three times and earned two double-doubles.
Scottie Barnes is the second rookie in @Raptors history to reach 100 points through his first six games. The first was Damon Stoudamire, the 1995-96 Rookie of the Year.
• The Toronto Raptors play the first game of a three-game road trip (Oct. 30 – Nov. 3), and the second game of a back-to-back set, Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Raptors defeated Indiana 118-100 earlier this week in Toronto. Fred VanVleet had a season-high 26 points and a career-best 10 rebounds in the victory. Toronto has won five of the last seven meetings with the Pacers. The Raptors play at New York on Monday before wrapping up the trip Wednesday in Washington. • Fred VanVleet (28) and Gary Trent Jr. (26) rank first and second, respectively, in the NBA in deflections this season. VanVleet (199) finished tied for fifth in deflections last season despite missing 20 games. Trent Jr. currently ranks fourth in the league in steals per game (2.67) and has recorded multiple steals in four of the first six games, inlcuding a career high-tying five steals twice. • Rookie Scottie Barnes led the Raptors in points and rebounds in the same game for the first time with 21 points and nine rebounds in Friday’s victory over Orlando. According to @nbastats, Barnes (106) is just the second rookie in Raptors history to score 100 points through his first six games. The first was Damon Stoudamire who scored 100 points. Stoudamire was the 1995-96 Rookie of the Year. • Toronto committed a season-low eight turnovers Friday night against the Magic. Through the first six games, the Raptors now have a +25 (84-to-109) turnover differential. The Raptors forced Indiana into 23 turnovers Wednesday which led to 31 points for Toronto. • Rookie Dalano Banton has led the bench in scoring with 10 points in back-to-back games (Oct. 27-29). He is shooting .615 (8-for-13) from the field over the last two games. A native of Toronto, Banton became the first Canadian picked by the Raptors when he was selected 46th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft. • The Raptors (14.8) currently rank second in the NBA in offensive rebounds per game, behind only Memphis (15.0), and fifth in second-chance points per game (16.8). Toronto finished last season ranked 20th in the league in offensive rebounds (9.4). Scottie Barnes leads the Raptors with 18 offensive rebounds this season. • OG Anunoby has scored 16+ points in four straight games (Oct. 23-29), averaging a team-high 21.5 points. Anunoby is shooting .458 (33-72) from the floor, including .429 (15-35) from beyond the arc, during this stretch. • Toronto shot a season-high .500 (43-86) from the field, including .684 (13-19) in the fourth, in Friday’s victory vs. Orlando. The Raptors are shooting 48 percent (129-269) from the floor over the last three games (Oct. 25-29) after shooting .376 (106-282) from the field in their first three games of the season (Oct. 20-23).
• The Raptors have exercised the third-year team option on the rookie scale contracts of Precious Achiuwa and Malachi Flynn. Both players are now signed through the 2022-23 season. Achiuwa averaged 5.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 12.1 minutes in 61 games as a rookie last season with Miami. For his efforts, he was named to the World Team roster for the 2021 NBA Rising Stars. Flynn averaged 7.5 points, 2.9 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 19.7 minutes in 47 appearances, and was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April. • The Raptors have added Nate Bjorkgren, Trevor Gleeson, Nathaniel Mitchell and Earl Watson as assistant coaches to Head Coach Nick Nurse’s staff. Eric Khoury will also return to the team as an assistant coach after two seasons with Raptors 905, Toronto’s G League affiliate. Lead assistant Adrian Griffin will return to the Toronto bench for a fourth season, along with assistant coaches John Corbacio, Jon Goodwillie, Jim Sann, and player development consultant Jamaal Magloire. • The Toronto Raptors acquired guard Goran Dragic and forward Precious Achiuwa from Miami as part of a sign-and-trade for six-time All-Star Kyle Lowry. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in assists (4,277), steals (873), three-pointers made (1,518) and triple-doubles (16). In nine seasons, he accumulated 365 regular season wins and 44 playoff victories also making him the winningest player in franchise history. He helped the Raptors to seven consecutive playoff appearances (2014-20), six Atlantic Division titles, five 50-win seasons and the NBA championship in 2019. • The Raptors ended last with a 27-45 (.375) record, missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season. Toronto started the season 1-6 but clawed back to .500 (17-17) after going 9-5 in February. However, COVID19 protocols affected the team in March, and the Raptors went 1-13 during the month to fall out of playoff contention. • OG Anunoby, Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet combined to miss 91 games last season. As a result, Toronto used a franchise-record 38 different starting lineups and set an NBA-record with 10 different 30- point scorers. Siakam (21.4 ppg) led the team in scoring, while VanVleet (19.6 ppg) and Anunoby (15.9 ppg) both averaged career highs in points
DUARTE’S DEBUT Chris Duarte not only made his NBA debut at Charlotte Oct. 20, he became the first Pacers player since Jamaal Tinsley in 2001 to start the team’s season’s opener. Duarte scored the most points (27) and made the most 3-pointers (six) by any Pacers rookie making his debut. He finished the game shooting 9-for-15 from the field, 6-for-9 from 3-point range and 3-for-3 from the free throw line. MYLES-STONE Myles Turner turned in a career performance in the second game of the 2021-22 season as he finished with 40 points to go with 10 rebounds in an overtime road loss at Washington. Turner finished with a career-best scoring total and his first game with 30+ points since the season opener of the 2016-17 season in which he scored 30 points in an overtime win over Dal- las Oct. 26, 2016. He posted the ninth game in Pacers NBA franchise history with 40+ points and 10+ rebounds, and the first since Danny Granger finished with 41 points and 11 rebounds on Dec. 17, 2008. PRESEASON WRAP-UP Indiana wrapped up its 2021 preseason schedule with a 2-2 record. The Pacers won back-to-back contests as they earned a road victory at Cleveland on Oct. 8 and a home win over Memphis on Oct. 13. The Pacers had several key contributors miss time in the preseason due to injury, but received a boost from several young players. Rookie Chris Duarte, the Pacers’ first selection in the 2021 Draft, led the team in total scoring with 55 points for an average of 13.8 per game.
HOME COURT HIJINX Indiana is looking to bounce back in 2021-22 after ending a streak of five consecutive seasons with a playoff appearance last year. The Pacers endured an uncharacteristically down year on their home court in 2020-21. Indiana finished 13-23 at home last season, ending the regular season with a losing record at home for the first time since the 1989-90 season (20-21). Their 31-season streak with a winning record at home was tied for the third-longest in NBA history. The Pacers have reached the postseason nine times in the last 12 seasons (dating back to 2010-11) and 27 times overall in NBA franchise history. Indiana has appeared in the playoffs 25 times since the 1989-90 season, which is the most playoff appearances in the Eastern Conference over that span and second in the NBA behind the San Antonio Spurs. Since the 1993-94 season, the Pacers have made eight Eastern Conference Finals appearances, which is the most by any team in the East over that span. ROAD WARRIORS Indiana finished with the best road record in the Eastern Conference at 21-15 in 2020-21. The Pacers finished with their third-best winning percentage (.589) on the road in NBA franchise history. The Pacers posted a winning record on the road for the second straight season, the third time over the last five years and for only the eighth time in NBA franchise history. Indiana posted back-to-back winning seasons on the road for the first time since the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons. The Pacers have never recorded a winning record on the road in three straight seasons in their NBA history. YOUTH MOVEMENT The Pacers’ roster already features a relatively young core as each of their projected five start- ers are 28 years of age or younger entering Opening Night. However, Indiana’s roster will feature four rookies to begin the season, including two players selected in the first round who are ex- pected to play key roles. Indiana drafted in the lottery for the first time since 2015 and selected Oregon’s Chris Duarte with the 13th overall pick in 2021. Duarte led the Pacers in scoring during the preseason and earned the Jerry West Award, awarded to the nation’s top shooting guard in college, after his senior year at Oregon. Foward Isaiah Jackson was selected 22nd overall and was acquired via a draft-night trade. He led the Southeastern Conference in blocked shots as a freshman last season at Kentucky. At 19-years old, he was the fifth-youngest player in the 2021 Draft.
THE CARLISLE FILE The Pacers turned to a familiar voice to fill their coaching vacancy following the 2020-21 season as Rick Carlisle was named head coach on June 30. Carlisle returns for his third tenure in Indiana, including his second as head coach. He guided the Pacers to a 181-147 (.552) record during four seasons from 2003-07. In his first season as Pacers head coach in 2003-04, Carlisle led Indiana to a franchise-record 61 wins, posted the best record in the NBA, won a Central Division title and reached the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals. He also served as an assistant coach for the Pacers under head coach Larry Bird from 1997-2000. Carlisle helped lead the team to three straight Eastern Conference Finals appearances, including the franchise’s first appearance in the NBA Finals in 2000. Entering the 2021-22 campaign, Carlisle’s 181 wins stands as the fourth-most by a head coach in NBA franchise history. He ranks third among active NBA head coaches in career coaching victories behind San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Philadelphia’s Doc Rivers. H