Toronto Raptors dismantle the Brooklyn Nets 120-87


The Toronto Raptors spent their Friday night dismantling the Brooklyn Nets to a sold out ACC Crowd. It was the first time in a while that the Raptors were able to pull away and decisively win a game that they should win anyway. It was a truly feel-good night for Raptors fans snowed in on December 15th.

Delon Wright

After missing 14 games with a shoulder injury, Delon made his return. He played 16 minutes finishing with 7 points and 2 dimes. He went 0 for 5 from three and looked a little hesitant to pull sometimes. The Brooklyn zone defense was practically begging for him to shoot.

Delon will probably be seeing close to 20 minutes when he gets back in the groove, and it was inspiring to see him come back so early.

He had a lanky, nasty euro step in the first half that just barely rimmed out, resulting in a Poeltl putback. This long, decisive euro/side-step is starting to become a staple in his offensive arsenal.

Nik Stauskas - Fiery Debut

Nik saw his first minutes of game-time since sporting Nets threads. To say he caught fire in the first half would be an understatement. He single-handedly torched the Raptors bench and ignited a huge run for Brooklyn.

He absolutely snapped in the first half, but understandably cooled down in the second half. He finished with 22/7/2, on 6 of 9 shooting, 5 of 7 from deep. A fantastic debut for the Canadian product.

DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry

DeMar was relentlessly aggressive and efficient. He played with a vendetta to torch the Nets and fulfilled it for all of the 29 minutes he spent on the court. He effortlessly dropped 31, on 14 of 19 shooting.

Kyle hounded the Nets for 31 minutes. He owned the floor for every second that he was on it, and filled up the sheet with a 10/10/12  stat line (with 4 steals), his second triple-double of the year. As Jack mentioned in the 3rd quarter, there’s something different about Lowry at home. He plays with such a fearsome feistiness, scrapping and clawing for every inch.

Things to Note

The Raps’ only turned the ball over 8 times this game. Their 3rd best mark. This is so impressive considering they played at a frenetic pace, putting up 120 points.

This was the most field goals Toronto has made all season, with the 3rd most they’ve taken in a game so far.

As you can guess, they finished in high percentiles of their own statistical record (2017-2018 season) for almost every stat. A great game for all.

What’s Next?

Toronto gets a night off, then they suit up for a 3:30 pm (ET) home game against the Kings. They played the Kings at 3:30 last Sunday at the exact same time, but in Sacramento (102-87 win). This will be their second, and last game against the Kings this year.

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