The Toronto Raptors continue a three-game homestand by hosting the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors are an Eastern Conference-best 12-5 (.705) against West opponents this season. Toronto is in a stretch where they face West opponents in six of eight games (Jan. 17-Feb. 3). The Raptors also have an opportunity to sweep the season-series against Memphis for the third time in four seasons.
Toronto has won a season-high eight consecutive home games Dec. 19 – Jan. 17. The Raptors last loss at Scotiabank Arena was Dec. 9 vs. Milwaukee. Since then Toronto has won by an average margin of +8.6 points against Indiana (twice), Brooklyn, Atlanta, Utah, Chicago, Cleveland and Phoenix. The franchise record for consecutive home wins is 12 (2X – last: Nov. 7, 2017-Jan. 1, 2018).
Toronto improved to an NBA-best 8-1 on the second night of back-to-backs with a 111-109 victory Jan. 17 vs. Phoenix. The Raptors have three more scheduled back-to-backs remaining, the fewest for any NBA team.
Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 33 points Jan. 16 at Boston, marking his 20th consecutive game (Nov. 27- Jan. 16) with 20+ points – a career-high streak. He is averaging 29.7 points and shooting .523 from the field, .384 from three-point range and .858 at the free throw line during this stretch. Vince Carter holds the franchise-record scoring 20-or-more points in 23 straight games twice (last: Feb. 27 – Apr. 13, 2001). Leonard’s 20 consecutive games with at least 20 points is the longest in the NBA this season.
Kawhi Leonard was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 30.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and .538 (35-for-65) from the field. It’s the second time Leonard has won the award this season.
Kyle Lowry recorded his 5,000th career assist and 3,500th rebound Jan. 17 vs. Phoenix. According to BasketballReference.com he joins LeBron James and Chris Paul as the only active players who have recorded 5,000 assists, 3,000 rebounds, 1,000 steals and have made 1,000 three-pointers. Lowry has recorded 10+ assists in a game 118 times during his career and ranks second (3,284) on the Raptors’ all-time assists list behind only Calderon (3,770).
Pascal Siakam made a game-winning buzzer beater to help propel Toronto to a 111-109 victory Jan. 17 over Phoenix. It was the fourth game-winning buzzer-beater by a Raptor in the last 15 seasons and marked the first time at home. Prior to this, Siakam had never scored a game-tying or go-ahead basket in the final minute of game during his three-year career. In addition to scoring the winning basket, Siakam also recorded his 10th doubledouble of the season with a team-high 12 rebounds. Prior to this year he had never recorded a double-double. Brooklyn’s Jarrett Allen leads the NBA with a +12 improvement on double-doubles.
Serge Ibaka scored a team-high 22 points Jan. 17 vs. Phoenix and 22 points Jan. 16 at Boston. This marks the second time this season Ibaka has recorded at least 22 points in consecutive games (last: Dec. 9-11). He has never scored 22 points in three consecutive games. The last time Ibaka recorded 20 points in three consecutive games Dec. 9-12, 2018.