The Toronto Raptors were among the best of the best in the NBA before the season came to a complete stop, so let's relive some of the teams greatest moments from the 2019-20 season.
The Toronto Raptors were arguably the best team in the NBA when the league came to a stop on March 11th due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
It stinks that the regular season has a chance of not returning but playoffs will more than likely happen and that's fine too.
With that being said, let's take a look back at some of the Toronto Raptors greatest moments from the 2019-20 season.
5. Marc Gasol Holds Joel Embiid to 0 Points and Picks up a win (Nov 25, 2019)
At my number five spot I have this game... ah yes this game, I hope you all remember this game. This game against the Philadelphia 76ers was a fun one to watch as not only did the Toronto Raptors pick up a 101-96 win but Marc Gasol held Joel Embiid to zero points on the scoresheet.
It seems like Gasol always has Embiid's number when they match up against each other, and that game on November 25th was proof. Marc Gasol didn't shoot the greatest from the field either as he went 1-8 but he did work hard in the other categories picking up six rebounds and nine assists.
You look at Embiid though he dominated the glass picking up 13 rebounds but only adding two assists to go along with his 0-11 shooting from the field. Safe to say they should always lock Gasol on Embiid when these two Eastern Conference powerhouses go toe to toe. (Stats from NBA.com)
4. Beating the Los Angeles Lakers Without Lowry and Ibaka (Nov 10, 2019)
At my number four spot I have another game from the beginning of the season, it's the time the Toronto Raptors beat a LeBron James led Los Angeles Lakers team without two of their starters in Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.
Just like the Philadelphia game, this game was a fun watch to watch as the defending champions held on for the important win without two very important starters. This game had Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet written all over it as both players combined for 47 points, 18 rebounds, and 14 assists.
With Lowry out of the lineup, VanVleet had to chew up a big chunk of minutes and he did that without disappointing, anyone, as he played almost 40 minutes and put up tremendous numbers 23 PTS / 7 RB / 10 A. (Stats from NBA.com)
3. Franchise Record 15 Game Winning Streak (Jan 15 - Feb 10, 2020)
At my number three spot, I have the Toronto Raptors new franchise record 15 game winning streak and the journey that went along with it. Some may say this was the Toronto Raptors greatest moment but I have it here at my number three spot.
The winning streak lasted a total of 28 days and the opponents the Toronto Raptors were facing weren't the greatest but there were some good teams in that stretch still and you have to give credit where credit is due. Yes, they didn't beat 15 elite teams in a row but winning 15 straight games, either way is a difficult thing to do especially in today's day and age of sports.
In those 15 games, the Toronto Raptors faced the following teams...
Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Wizards, Minnesota Timberwolves x2, Atlanta Hawks x2, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers x2, and the Brooklyn Nets. (Stats from NBA.com)
2. 30 Point Comeback win Against the Dallas Mavericks (Dec 22, 2019)
At my number two spot, I have a game that made my blood pressure consistently go up and down, I have the Toronto Raptors 30 point comeback win against the Dallas Mavericks led by no other than Kyle Lowry. Now this game looked like a wrap by the midway point of the third quarter, however, it was clearly far from over.
The Raptors were down 86-63 heading into the fourth quarter and were also obviously down by 30 at one point, however, the heart and soul of the Raptors Kyle Lowry led this team by never giving up as he rallied back to get within distance to tie the game and ultimately ended up with the lead and the Raptors won the game.
As we all know Kyle Lowry ended up finishing the game with an amazing stat line of 32 points/8 rebounds/10 assists, leading the insane 30 point comeback win on home court. This may not be the greatest moment from the Toronto Raptors 2019-20 season, but it sure is up there in conversations for the Raptors game of the year and maybe even the game of the year in the NBA. (Stats from NBA.com)
1. 2019 Championship Banner Raising (Oct 22, 2019)
At my number one spot, I have the greatest Toronto Raptors moment from the 2019-20 season, the championship banner raising and ring ceremony. Raptor fans couldn't wait for this day to come for two reasons and it's pretty obvious what they are.
For starters, it was the home opener and season opener for a brand new season for the defending NBA champions, Second of all... the Toronto Raptors got their championship rings and got to see their championship banner get lifted to the rafters in the Scotiabank Arena beside their 2019 Eastern Conference Champions banner and their Atlantic Division Champions banner.
This night was one to remember for sure as the Toronto Raptors got their rings, they got to see their banner rise to the rafters, they opened the season with a win, and ultimately basketball was back.
What do you think the five greatest moments were from the Toronto Raptors 2019-20 season?