Monday February 8 2010 – 11:55pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
QUITE THE TURN-AROUND
When the Raptors tip it off against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night, they’ll have a chance to tie a franchise record for most wins prior to the annual NBA All-Star break.
The record of 29 wins before the break was first accomplished during the 2001-02 season and then matched again in 2006-2007.
The 2001-2002 team tallied 29 wins in 50 games for a franchise-best .580 winning percentage. Meanwhile, the 2006-2007 version of the Raptors had 29 wins at the break in spite of the fact that they started the season with a 3-9 (.250) record.
Toronto started THIS season at a 7 and 13 clip but since the first week of December, Jay Triano’s team has compiled a 21 and 10 record — Top 5 in the league — to turn the year around and put the Raps in position to no only tie this franchise record (29 wins) but POTENTIALLY make a run at the Boston Celtics in the Atlantic Division as well.
Another minor record continues to grow with every game that passes for the Raptors …
Toronto has scored 100 or more points in a franchise-best 16 straight games. That feat more than doubles the Raptors previous franchise-high (for consecutive games with 100 points) of 7 games.
If the Raps can go for 100+ against the 76ers, they’ll tie the Phoenix Suns at 17-straight. The Suns started the 2009-2010 season with a league-high 17 consecutive games with 100 or more points.
The Raptors are 23-14 this year when scoring 100+
Toronto is the highest scoring team in the Eastern Conference averaging 104.6 PPG and the team is on pace to shatter the old franchise record for single season scoring average of 101.1 PPG (2005-2006).