What a year it's been for the Toronto Raptors.
Despite losing Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green via free agency and dealing with a myriad of injuries, Toronto has posted a higher winning percentage in 2019-20 than it did during its championship campaign. In fact, no team in Raptors franchise history has posted a better win percentage than the 2019-20 squad.
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Wednesday's win over the Philadelphia 76ers was the Raptors' 52nd win of the season, which, due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be shortened to just 72 games. As noted by Justin Kubatko of StatMuse, the worst possible winning percentage this year's Raptors team can finish the season with is .722 as a result.
Prior to this year, the best regular season in franchise history saw the 2017-18 Raptors finish with a 59-23 record, good for a win percentage of .720. Through 71 games, this Toronto team is on a 60-win pace.
While the 60-win benchmark is shelved for another year, the Raptors have now won 50 or more games in a league-high five consecutive seasons and own the East's longest postseason streak with seven consecutive appearances, yet another mark of sustained excellence.
The No. 2 seed Raptors are set to take on the No. 7 seed Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the 2020 NBA playoffs, which begin on Monday, Aug. 17.
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