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Raptors' Fred VanVleet on overcoming shooting woes: 'It's short-term memory'

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Fred VanVleet (NBA Getty Images)

Fred VanVleet couldn't buy a shot in the first three quarters of Toronto's matchup with Indiana on Wednesday.

Then the Raptors guard came up huge down the stretch and hit the biggest shot of the game.

After missing 11 of his 12 field goal attempts, VanVleet scored nine points in the fourth quarter on 3-for-5 shooting. All of those points came from the 3-point line and his final triple of the night gave Toronto its first lead since the opening minutes of the game.

When asked about his performance afterwards, VanVleet said bouncing back from his slow start was all about having a "short-term memory."

"As long as I'm out there on the court fighting with my teammates and I get open shots, I'm going to shoot it regardless of what happened before," VanVleet told Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports. "It's short-term memory and having the confidence to knock them down. That's how you allow yourself to make big shots like that."

VanVleet has started for the Raptors in the last four games he's played in. He started in place of Kawhi Leonard against the LA Clippers and Golden State Warriors and started in place of Kyle Lowry against the Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers.

VanVleet dished out a career-best 14 assists in the Raptors' win over the Clippers and scored a season-high 21 points in their loss to the Blazers.

VanVleet entered Wednesday's game with averages of 9.7 points, 4.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game on 42.5 percent shooting from the field and 36.7 pecent from 3-point range on the season.

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