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Toronto Raptors

On This Date in 1995: The Toronto Raptors play their first ever NBA game

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Raptors vs. Nets (NBA Getty Images)

On this date in 1995, the Toronto Raptors played their first ever NBA game.

Toronto's opponent? The New Jersey Nets, led by one-time All-Star Kenny Anderson.

The Raptors got off to a strong start in outscoring the Nets 21-17 in the first quarter and held on to their lead to record the franchise's first ever win, doing so in front of 33,306 fans at the SkyDome.

The starting five for the Raptors was Damon Stoudamire, Alvin Robertson, Carlos Rogers, Ed Pinckney and Zan Tabak. Robertson was the team's leading scorer with 30 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field. He got some help from Stoudamire, who had a 10-point, 10-assist double-double.

Unfortunately for Toronto, the next time the Raptors would win another game was two weeks later, when they snapped a seven game losing streak with a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Raptors finished the season with a 21-61 record and ranked near the bottom of the NBA in both offensive rating (26th out of 29) and defensive rating (28th out of 29).

Even so, they finished behind only the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls in attendance on the season.

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