The Toronto Raptors open the month of March with a five-game Western Conference road trip that takes place over a nine-day span.
It's the second such trip of the 2019-20 season, as Toronto went 3-2 in November after making stops in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Portland and Dallas. This time around, the Raptors will travel over 5,000 kilometres as they head to Denver, Phoenix, San Francisco, Sacramento and Salt Lake City before returning home to Toronto.
While trips like these aren't make-or-break, Toronto will need to rise to the challenge as it looks to maintain its hold on the East's No. 2 seed.
As the Raptors embark upon this challenging five-game test, we'll keep you updated with game-by-game updates from the trip with our road trip tracker.
|Game||Date||Opponent||Total Distance Travelled||Result||Top Performer|
|1||Mar. 1||Denver Nuggets||2,110 km||Loss, 133-118||OG Anunoby: 32 points, 7 rebounds, 7 steals|
|2||Mar. 3||Phoenix Suns||3,077 km||Win, 123-114||Pascal Siakam: 33 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists|
|3||Mar. 5||Golden State Warriors||4,127 km||Win, 121-113||Norman Powell: 37 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists|
|4||Mar. 8||Sacramento Kings||4,253 km||Win, 118-113||Kyle Lowry: 30 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds|
|5||Mar. 9||Utah Jazz||5,104 km|
Game 1 vs. Denver Nuggets
The short-handed Raptors suffered their third-consecutive loss at the hands of a dominating triple-double from All-Star centre Nikola Jokic. Jokic took advantage of Toronto's absence of centres Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol, going for 23 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Nuggets to a decisive victory.
The sole bright spot in the game for the Raptors came from forward OG Anunoby, who scored a career-high 32 points to go with seven steals. He became the first player in franchise history to notch 30-plus points and seven steals in a game, scoring efficiently shooting 12-for-16 from the field.
OG 'Cookie Monster' Anunoby- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 2, 2020
20 Pts / 6 Stl / 6 Reb pic.twitter.com/gsU7mlavya
The Raptors will look to bounce back and snap their losing streak on Tuesday when they take on the Phoenix Suns.