Raptors team notes for game vs Knicks

InsideHoops.com
November 22, 2017

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Raptors team notes • The Toronto Raptors begin a three-game road trip by travelling to New York to play the Knicks on Wednesday, November 22. The Raptors will also make stops at Indiana and Atlanta as part of this trip. Toronto has won eight consecutive games against New York (Jan. 28, 2016-Apr. 9, 2017), tying Brooklyn for the team’s longest-active winning streak against an opponent.

• Over the last five seasons Toronto leads the Eastern Conference with a 96-77 (.555) road record. The Raptors are one of five teams in the NBA with a winning road record over the last five years – Golden State 124-49 (.717), San Antonio 112- 59 (.655), Houston 99-75 (.569) and Los Angeles Clippers 96-78 (.552).

• DeMar DeRozan was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 26.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and shot .573 (43-for-75) for games played Nov. 13-19. He has won the honor six times during his nine seasons in Toronto. The Raptors went 4-0 last week, defeating four opponents with a winning record.

• DeMar DeRozan scored a team-high 33 points during a 100–91 victory Nov. 19 vs. Washington. According to the Elias Sports Bureau this was the eighth time during the 2017 calendar year that DeRozan outscored every teammate by more than 20 points. No other Raptor had more than 12 points against the Wizards. The only other players to do this as often as DeRozan are Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Houston’s James Harden (14 each).

• DeMar DeRozan has a streak of 111 consecutive regular-season games (Feb. 28, 2016 – Nov. 19, 2017) with at least 10 points – the second-longest streak of 10+ point games in team history. Kyle Lowry holds the franchise record scoring at least 10 points in 114 consecutive games (Apr. 10, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2017). Lowry and DeRozan are the only players in team history to record streaks of 10+ points in 100 consecutive regular season games. Vince Carter’s longest streak was 96 games (May 4, 1999 - Nov. 25, 2000).

• C.J. Miles ranks second among reserve players in the NBA with 39 three-pointers. He has made multiple three-pointers in seven consecutive games (Nov. 7-19), including a season-high tying six triples Nov. 14 at Houston. Miles leads the team shooting .449 (22-for-49) in eight road games this season.

• Norman Powell has missed four games (Nov. 14-19) with a right hip pointer injury. He sustained the injury seven minutes into the first quarter Nov. 12 at Boston and did not return. Delon Wright sustained a right shoulder injury Nov. 15 at New Orleans and has missed two games (Nov. 17-19). He will travel with the team to New York this coming week for further evaluation.

• Since making a season-low five three-pointers Nov. 5 vs. Washington, the Raptors rank second in the NBA with 88 made three-pointers - trailing only Houston (100). Toronto also ranks sixth in the NBA shooting .400 (88-for-220) from beyond the arc during this stretch. The Raptors have made at least 10 three-pointers in six of the last seven (Nov. 7-19), including a season-high 16 triples Nov. 15 at New Orleans.

• The Raptors finished with a season-best +12 (29-to-17) assist differential Nov. 17 vs. New York. Toronto’s 29 assists were one shy of its season high (30 - Oct. 25 at Golden State). The Raptors have recorded 20+ assists in 12 of their first 16 games; something they did 34 times last season. Toronto ranks eighth in the NBA in assists (23.0).