The Toronto Raptors are set to open their 2020-21 NBA season by facing the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 23.
As the Toronto Raptors prepare for the 2020-21 NBA season, let’s look back from last season.
The Raptors finished the 2019-20 season in the second seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 53-19. They only played 72 games instead of the regular 82 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic shortening the season.
Toronto went to the playoffs in the bubble and made it to the second round. But they were eliminated from the playoffs where they lose to the Boston Celtics.
Now that the season starts in a couple of days, let’s go back and see what the five best games from the Toronto Raptors’ 2019-2020 season. This list will include both the regular-season and playoff games.
Honorable Mentions: The Toronto Raptors creating a new franchise record in consecutive wins versus the Pacers
This game was during the Toronto Raptors’ historic 15-game winning streak. Toronto’s 11 game winning streak would have been broken on Feb. 5 if the Indiana Pacers won.
The Raptors started the game by 10 points at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Pacers put together a 43-point second quarter with 27 of the 43 points came from Doug McDermott and Justin Holiday.
It was the most points in a quarter that the Raptors have given up this season. Indiana led the first half with a score of 63-48.
But, with the Pacers turning the ball over nine times in the third, that allowed Toronto to come back and make it a four-point game. Indiana was still leading the game 86-82.
A win was highly likely for Indiana because everything was going in their favor after the team made an 8-0 run with 3:50 to go. But unfortunately for the Pacers, the Raptors did not give up.
Lowry hit a clutch 3-point shot that cut Indiana’s led to 118-113 with 1:34 to go. After a loose ball review went in favor of the Raptors, Siakam shot 1-of-2 free throws to cut the Pacers lead to four.
Siakam then got a steal and made a layup to make the score 118-116 with 1:07 remaining. After Victor Oladipo missed a floater, Ibaka grabbed the rebound and shot the three-point shot that sealed the victory for the Raptors.
Lowry finished the game with 32 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds for Toronto while Domantas Sabonis recorded a triple-double of 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists for Indiana.