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The Toronto Raptors were able to record their first victory since February 26th, as they put together a complete performance on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball to snap the team’s nine-game skid. Pascal Siakam scored a game-high 27 points and the Raptors recorded a franchise record 24 three pointers to get back in the win column.
It was a historic night as the game featured the first ever all-women NBA broadcast. The five women involved did a phenomenal job bringing insight to the viewers and may have been part of something much more memorable as the trade deadline set for 3PM EST tomorrow could very well change the future of the Raptors.
If this truly was the end of an era for the Raptors, they put together a dominant performance. The team shot over 50% from the field and from beyond the arch, while winning by 24 points, their largest margin of victory this year. The defense held Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray to just 20 points each, while the Nuggets shot under 42% as a team.
Kyle Lowry had a fitting stat-line, given the circumstances, scoring 8 points and 9 assists while also being a +42 while on the court. Norman Powell was able to score 22 on 75% 3-pt shooting in what might have been his last game with the team he’s been with his whole career. Both Lowry and Powell’s names are generating an incredible amount of interest in NBA front offices as the deadline approaches tomorrow.
VanVleet and Anunoby combined to make ten three pointers and Pascal Siakam scored 27 points after the reported fine and rift with Coach Nick Nurse earlier this week .
While the Raptors were able to get their first win this month and overwhelm a top-10 team in the league, the victory will be overshadowed by the impending decisions facing Toronto. Will the Raptors make a trade to capitalize on the value of Norman Powell? Will the Raptors deal the best player to have ever played for them in Kyle Lowry? And does this win in any way, justify a reason to not make a deal and stay the course?
The next 24 hours will be pivotal for the Raptors future as questions build surrounding the direction they take. As of now there’s no telling what the lineup might look like when Toronto take’s the court next Friday against Phoenix. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30PM EST on Sportsnet.