Toronto Raptors: Top five performances from a perfect week six

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5. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Opponent: Philadelphia 76ers

Stat line: 16 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has come a long way from where he was at the beginning of the season. He was completely out of the rotation just waiting patiently for his first opportunity to prove his worth. When his opportunity finally presented itself, he never let it go. Hollis-Jefferson makes it back into this top five list as he continues to produce big numbers off the bench.

This game was always expected to be a close one with Philly looking to make a statement in their playoff rematch. The minute Hollis-Jefferson checked in though he was ready to get it going. He scored a quick four points in the first quarter and continued the offensive surge in the second. It was tough for Nurse to take him out of the game as he played the entire second and ended the half with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Hollis-Jefferson didn’t play as much after halftime as he did in the first half, but he didn’t need too. The team was clicking on the defensive end they continued to hold off Embiid. He scored another five points and grabbed another three rebounds in the second half as the Raptors came out with the tough victory at home. Hollis-Jefferson came out with his second double-double of the season, and his defense was spectacular as always.

In Sunday’s contest, Nick Nurse elected to remove Chris Boucher from the rotation, rather than reduce Hollis-Jefferson’s minutes. That sign of confidence says everything you need to know about his play so far this season.