Toronto Raptors: Top 5 performances from week 10

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Toronto Raptors – Fred VanVleet (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images) /

4. Fred VanVleet

Opponent: Indiana Pacers

Stat line: 21 points, 2 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks

After a disappointing week nine coming back from injury, Fred VanVleet seemed to be on a mission to correct that in week 10. On the second night of a back to back against the Indiana Pacers, VanVleet and the Raptors were looking to steal another game, this time on the road.

Points, unfortunately, were tough to come by for the Raptors in the first half. The team looked sluggish from the get-go and VanVleet was especially finding it difficult to score. However, that didn’t stop him from making a strong distribution as VanVleet finished the first quarter with four assists leading to nine Raptor points and a block. The second quarter wasn’t any better but VanVleet was at least able to get on the board as he scored four points with three assists leading to six Raptor points as they were down by 10 at the half.

Needing a strong second-half performance, VanVleet went into the third quarter looking much more aggressive. He scored six points, another rare block and three more assists leading to eight Raptor points as the team rallied from 10 down to lead by one heading into the fourth. VanVleet continued to show aggression on the offensive end in the fourth quarter as he scored seven points in the frame. Unfortunately for the Raptors however they weren’t able to close the deal and overtime was needed to decide the final outcome. In overtime, however, VanVleet had no help as he was able to four points with one assist and two steals, but the team still ended up losing by five.

VanVleet’s consistency has been a major key to the Raptors winning games even with injuries as he has turned in a near All-Star level season, something few people saw coming from the undrafted point guard.