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Kevin Durant, James Harden praise Toronto fanbase ahead of matchup with Raptors

The Toronto Raptors don't have much time to dwell over their win streak-snapping loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers because the Brooklyn Nets are next up, coming to town on Sunday, Nov. 6.

That means a meeting with arguably the most lethal duo in the NBA, as Kevin Durant and James Harden get set to play at Scotiabank Arena for the first time in over a year after the Raptors spent all of last season in Tampa, Florida.

While Harden played in Toronto as a member of the Houston Rockets during the 2019-20 season, it has actually been over two years since Durant has played in Canada.

Believe it or not: Durant hasn't played in Toronto since Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

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He made his return to the floor in that contest after missing every game of the Conference Finals and NBA Finals to that point, scoring 11 quick points before suffering the Achilles injury that would cause him to miss the entire 2019-20 season.

Ahead of their first game back in Toronto, both superstars had nothing but great things to say about the Raptors fanbase following the Nets win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

Durant said he's expecting a "ridiculous" crowd at Scotiabank Arena, according to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk.

"I'm excited that Toronto is open again. It's exciting that we get to go up there and play again. It's going to be a nice test for us. That's a good team," the All-Star continued.

Harden echoed Durant's statement, saying, "It's been a minute. They got one of the best fan bases - We can't take anybody for granted," according to Nets Daily writer Chris Milholen.

Harden also called the Raptors a team that has been "overlooked" early on in the season.

Toronto is off to a strong 6-4 start, only a half-game back from the title-favourite Nets, who are 6-3. However, the Raptors haven't been their typical selves at home so far, owning a 2-4 record at Scotiabank Arena while carrying the best road record in the league at 4-0.

Toronto will try to get things back on track at home on Sunday when it hosts the Nets at 3:30 p.m. ET on SN One.

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