Takeaways from Toronto Raptors much-needed win vs Brooklyn Nets

Toronto Raptors - Pascal Siakam (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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On the cusp of history

That first quarter from the Toronto Raptors, quite frankly, was absolutely outstanding. Shooting an insane 75-percent from three-point range, the Raptors were – according to Doug Smith of the Toronto Star – moments away from breaking another franchise record.

Shooting 9-of-12 from three-point range in the first quarter, and at one point, shooting 90-percent from deep, the Raptors were just one three-pointer away from tying a franchise record for three-pointers in a quarter, and two away from setting a new record.

Close, but no cigar. Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell both knocked down a trio of triples each, with each member of the starting line-up adding their own bomb from downtown to edge the Raptors closer to a small slice of history, but they missed the mark this time.

More than that, the Raptors missed pretty much everything else from three-point range for the rest of the night. They effectively exhausted their perimeter arsenal in the first twelve minutes, shooting a putrid 17-percent from three for the rest of the game, or 5-of-28 in other words.

That brought their night’s average down to 35-percent. Still, it’s better than what we have seen recently, so that’s a small victory. They miss Fred VanVleet.