Home at last
The Raptors 905 completed their five-game road swing, falling to the Salt Lake City Stars in the finale, 112-106. Antwaine Wiggins, Axel Toupane, and Brady Heslip all had 18 points for the 905. Wiggins couldn’t miss all night long, going a perfect eight for eight from the field. The 905 came out of the road trip with a 3-2 record, and still sit atop the D-League at 31-11.
The 905 started the road trip with convincing victories over Northern Arizona, Reno, and Los Angeles, before losing the final two contests against Santa Cruz and Salt Lake City.
Key takeaways from the road
Hot Shooters: Throughout the five-game road trip, the Raptors 905 shot 49.1% from the field.
Ticket to the big dance: Although the 905 weren’t in action on Saturday, the club became the first team in the league to clinch a spot in the playoffs in just their second season in the D-League. Join the 905’s offers list and you’ll be the first to know when playoff tickets go on sale! http://www.nba.com/raptors/raptors905-signup
Balanced attack on the road: Four out of five games on the road trip the Raptors 905 had at least six scorers with double figures, including eight versus Los Angeles.
Defence wins championships: In the 905’s three victories on the road trip, they held their opponents below 50% from the field. The final two games of the road trip saw their opponents shoot 58% and 54%, respectively.
To be the best you have to beat the best: The road trip showcased the best of the East taking on the best of the West when the Raptors took on the Los Angeles D-Fenders. In the battle of the best teams in both conferences, the 905 came out on top 111-104 and now have league wide bragging rights.
Exclusive company: Following the road trip, the Raptors 905 are coming home as the only D-League team with 30 wins this season.
Big time boards: In all five games on the road trip, the 905 won the battle of the boards by out rebounding their opponents. Over the five-game stretch, the 905 averaged 46.4 rebounds per game.
New Additions from the big club: The Raptors assigned Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam to the Raptors 905 on Sunday.
The road leads back to the six: The Raptors 905’s longest road trip of the season has ended and the team will now storm Air Canada Centre to take on the Austin Spurs. The 905 head into this contest with a 15-7 record at home.