Toronto Raptors: Top five performances from an emotional week eight

Toronto Raptors - Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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4. Norman Powell

Opponent: Brooklyn Nets

Stat line: 25 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks

Powell’s second game made for two straight great performances in the same week. After a blow out loss to the Clippers, the Raptors traveled to Brooklyn with winning intentions. With the Nets dealing playing at less than 100-percent, it was the perfect game to get a win and get back on track.

Powell jumped off to an early start and took it to the Nets early as he knocked down three quick triples in the first quarter to help start the Raptors with a seven-point lead after one. The team was able to use that momentum  to their advantage in the second quarter as they held a five-point heading into half even with Powell going scoreless in the quarter.

The second half was a lot more balanced for Powell on the offensive end. With the Raptors simply maintaining their lead, Powell scored nine points in the third quarter and seven points in the fourth. The team never really looked threatened by the Nets the entire game and cruised to a comfortable eight-point win to end the week.

Norman finished week eight with averages of 21.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals per game. After a slow start, he’s shown serious improvements with his 3-point shooting and his aggression on offense. While the injury to VanVleet does not look too serious, Powell could very well find his way back on this list next week regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench.