- The Toronto Raptors extended their winning streak to 12 on Wednesday with a miraculous comeback over the Indiana Pacers.
- The Raptors trailed 118-108 with 2:25 remaining, and proceeded to score 11 unanswered points, while forcing the Pacers into three turnovers to win the game.
- The Raptors are the hottest team in the league, on pace to win 59 games, and could perhaps be buyers at Thursday’s trade deadline to make a run at a second straight championship.
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The Toronto Raptors are the hottest team in the NBA, having won 12 straight games. Their latest was a white-knuckle ride that saw them pull off a miraculous comeback in the final two minutes of the game.
The Raptors on Wednesday trailed the Indiana Pacers 118-108 with 2:25 to play. After a layup from Pascal Siakam cut the lead to eight, the Raptors went into desperation mode. They forced a 24-second shot clock violation on the Pacers, then Siakam raced up the floor, drove the ball, and kicked it back out to Kyle Lowry for an open three. Five-point game.
The Raptors then put a full-court press on the Pacers, who turned the ball over trying to advance it past half-court. On the next possession, Siakam got fouled and made one of two free throws. He made up for his miss by getting a steal in the back-court and making a layup to make it a two-point game.
After a missed shot by Victor Oladipo, the Raptors then hit the dagger, a three-pointer by Serge Ibaka to take a one-point lead with 30 seconds left to play.
The Raptors got one last final stop on the Pacers and secured the 119-118 win. In total, the Raptors scored 11 unanswered points from 2:10 to 30 seconds left in the game.
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The Raptors are now 37-14, 2nd in the East. A year after winning the championship, then losing Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, 40% of their starting lineup, in free agency, they’re on pace for 59 wins.
The NBA trade deadline is 3 P.M. ET on Thursday. Many came into this season assuming the Raptors would be sellers to begin a rebuild in preparation for a huge free agent class in 2021. Instead, the Raptors might be in position to swing a win-now move and chase a second straight championship.
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