Beard vs Claw
Projected Starters
Rockets (38-25) Raptors (46-18)
Chris Paul Kyle Lowry
James Harden Danny Green
Eric Gordon Kawhi Leonard
PJ Tucker Pascal Siakam
Clint Capela Serge Ibaka
NOTES
  • • The Toronto Raptors host the Houston Rockets at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday night. Tonight marks the team’s 14th nationally televised game (TNT/ESPN) in the United States, after only five last year. The Raptors are 8-4 (.615) in these games. Toronto also has an opportunity to split the season-series against Houston for the 11th time since 2006-07. The Raptors have dropped the season-series once since 2003-04.
  • • Scotiabank Arena has been sold out for 216 consecutive games since Nov. 11, 2014 – the longest streak in franchise history. Toronto is currently 27-6 (.818) which is tied for Denver for second in the NBA. Milwaukee leads the league with a 25-5 (.833) record at home. The Raptors lead the NBA with an 18-6 (.750) record against Western Conference opponents.
  • • Toronto has three games remaining against teams that currently have a winning record - the fewest for any NBA team. The Raptors will host Houston (38-25) Tuesday at Scotiabank Arena, then have a home-and-home against Oklahoma City (39-24) later this month (Mar. 20-22). Toronto has eight games remaining against opponents fighting for a playoff berth (Miami 2X, Charlotte 2X, L.A. Lakers, Orlando, Brooklyn and Detroit). Following Tuesday’s game the Raptors face six straight games against opponents with a sub .500 record.
  • • Kyle Lowry scored a season-high 35 points Mar. 1 at Detroit. He shot 11-for-24 from the field and 6-for-14 from threepoint range against the Pistons. This marked the 30th time Lowry has recorded 30+ points since joining the Raptors, which ranks fourth in franchise history behind DeMar DeRozan (96), Vince Carter (91) and Chris Bosh (60). Lowry also earned his team-leading 17th double-double Mar. 1 vs. Portland with 19 points and 10 assists. It marked the 91st time he has recorded a double-double of 10 points and 10 assists, tying Jose Calderon for the franchise record. Lowry ranks fourth overall in Raptors history with 105 double-doubles. Lowry, a five-time All-Star with Toronto, was acquired from Houston in 2012 in exchange for Gary Forbes and a first round draft pick.
  • • Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 38 points including the game-winning basket with 3.0 seconds remaining Mar. 1 vs. Portland. Leonard made 14-of-22 field goals, with two three-pointers and was a perfect 8-for-8 at the free throw line against the Trail Blazers. This marked the seventh time this season Leonard has recorded 35+ points in a game – a career high. He tallied 35+ points six times during the 2016-17 season. DeMar DeRozan holds the franchise record scoring 35+ points in 15 games during the 2016-17 campaign.
  • • Pascal Siakam is one of nine Eastern Conference players averaging at least 20.0 points with a .500 field goal percentage since Feb. 1. He is averaging 20.8 points and shooting .506 from the field in 11 games. Siakam scored 21 points Mar. 3 at Detroit, marking the 19th time this season he has scored at least 20 points in a game after recording one 20-point game through his first two seasons.
  • • Toronto completed the month of February with an 8-1 record. This marked the team’s 15th consecutive winning month since Feb. 2017 – the longest current streak in the NBA. The only other double-digit streak of that kind in Raptors history was 11 straight winning months from Apr. 2015 through Dec. 2016. Toronto’s 8-1 record also marks the team’s best record in any calendar month in which it played at least three games