The Toronto Raptors are now winners of seven straight after earning a 110-106 road win over the San Antonio Spurs.
All-Star forward Pascal Siakam set the tone for Toronto, scoring a game-high 35 points (on 12-for-23 shooting) in 37 minutes.
Here are some thoughts on the game.
1. In honour of Kobe Bryant
It was a sombre atmosphere at the AT&T Center as the news of the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant broke 90 minutes prior to tip off. To honour Bryant, both the Raptors and Spurs began the game by intentionally taking a 24-second shot clock violation for No. 24.
Pausing to remember a great one, gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/YOAIkldiX4- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 26, 2020
A moment dedicated to one of the game's greatest.
2. Pascal Siakam sets the tone
Since returning from a groin injury, Pascal Siakam has been working to regain his rhythm on the floor.
He found it early on Sunday.
The first-time NBA All-Star put forth a shooting clinic in the first quarter, scoring a franchise-record 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting in 12 minutes. He would go on to finish with a game-high 35 points, his best total since returning to action.
3. Make it seven in a row
The Raptors last loss came on Jan. 12 to this same Spurs team.
Over the last two weeks, the Raptors have earned wins over the Thunder, Wizards, Timberwolves, Hawks, Sixers, Knicks and now the Spurs. This seven-game streak now matches a season-high set by the team from Nov. 18-Dec.1.
In case you were wondering, the franchise's best win streak is 11 games. Toronto's next four opponents? Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago.
It could happen.
4. A monumental win in San Antonio
Dec. 28, 2007.
Prior to today, this was the last time the Toronto Raptors had earned a win in San Antonio. As the Raptors extended their win streak to seven games, they subsequently snapped their 10-game losing streak at the AT&T Center.
A monumental win indeed.
5. Toronto spreads the wealth
31 assists. 41 buckets.
For the 10th time this season, the Toronto Raptors dished out 30 or more assists in this game. Their record in such games? 8-2.
Fred VanVleet led the way with seven assists as he was one of six Raptors to record three or more dimes. Marc Gasol (5), Kyle Lowry (4), Serge Ibaka (4), OG Anunoby (3) and Pascal Siakam (3) each did their part in distributing the rock.
Making the extra pass leads to high-quality looks and is a barometer of success for the Raptors.
6. A balanced effort from the Spurs
They didn't have as many assisted buckets as Toronto but San Antonio had a balanced offensive attack from a scoring standpoint.
Seven different Spurs finished with 10 or more points.
DeMar DeRozan and Derrick White led the way with 14 points apiece, Bryn Forbes and Dejounte Murray each added 13, Marco Belinelli scored 12, Jakob Poeltl added 11 and LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in with 10.
In a game where it took some time for the team to get going offensively, a number of players were able to
7. What's next?
The Raptors return home to host the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday while the Spurs are back in action tomorrow as they visit the Chicago Bulls.
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