Raptors gaining momentum heading into Monday game versus Pacers

Immanuel Quickley (Thomas Savoja, Wikimedia Commons)

The Toronto Raptors may not be in a playoff spot at the moment, but they do have a mini two-game winning streak heading into Monday’s game versus the Indiana Pacers. On Thursday they clobbered the Brooklyn Nets 121-93, and then on Friday, beat the Atlanta Hawks 123-121. As a result, the Raptors improve to a record of 21 wins and 36 losses, and are four games back of the Hawks for the final spot in the play-in tournament. The only team between the Hawks and the Raptors in the standings are the Nets, who are only half a game up on Toronto.

In the Raptors’s 28-point win over the Nets, four Raptors reached double digits in points. Gary Trent Jr. had 25 points, Immanuel Quickley had 24 points, Scottie Barnes had 18 points, and R.J. Barrett of Toronto, Ontario had 12 points. Barnes had the double-double, as he had 12 rebounds. The most impressive quarter for the Raptors was the fourth quarter, as they outscored Brooklyn 39-22.

In the Raptors win over the Hawks, eight Raptors players reached double digits in points. Quickley had 24 points, Barnes had 20 points, Gradey Dick had 18 points, Ochai Agbaji had 14 points, Trent Jr. had 13 points, Bruce Brown and Jacob Poeltl had 12 points each, and Kelly Olynyk of Toronto had 10 points.

The Pacers are sixth in the East at 33 wins and 25 losses. They have two Canadians in Bennedict Mathurin of Montreal, Quebec, and Andrew Nembhard of Aurora, Ontario.

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