On the highly anticiapted 'Drake Night', in front of another sold out crowd the Air Canada Centre, the Toronto Raptors faced the red-hot Brooklyn Nets who had won their last 5 games coming into this match up. The Raptors were looking to continue their improved play as of late, especially at home, winning their previous 3 games on home court.
Just like Drake has been known to do with his now annual summer music festival in Toronto, 'OVOFest', the Raptors' Global Ambassador once again helped 'put on' for his city in a major way! The January 11th, Saturday night, Raptors home game against the Brooklyn Nets was designated as 'Drake Night', a special celebration & appreciation of the fans, the city of Toronto, the Toronto Raptors, and Drake himself.
Did you miss a chance to attend live? Did you miss the game telecast, or just not sure what 'Drake Night' was all about? Continue reading to watch all of the Drake related appearances throughout the evening and to learn more!
Tonight, the Toronto Raptors will host the Brooklyn Nets for the Raptors' first ever 'Drake Night'; celebrating the Toronto worldwide superstar music artist of the same name, who is now an official Global Ambassador for the team.
The Brooklyn Nets are flying high after a double OT victory on Friday night in Brooklyn vs. the 2-time defending champion Miami Heat. That win has now made 5 in a row that the Nets have won, including victories over OKC, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Golden State. The Nets are the hottest team in the NBA right now with their current winning streak. They have moved up to 2nd place in the Atlantic Division, and they are currently 7th in the Eastern Conference.
The Raptors, on the other hand, have been playing inspired basketball themselves, and are looking to win their 4th straight home game at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and certainly will be looking to build on that momentum with a win over their division rival.
Crown Royal Canadian Whisky has entered into a partnership with the NBA, and I'm pleased & proud to announce that the very basketball blog you're visiting right now, which fellow blogger, Romy Aquino, & I, Sean François, have been running since 2008, Hoop Heads North - hoopheadsnorth.com, will be participating in the first-ever Crown's Center Court influencer program comprised of NBA specific team bloggers & writers from across North America!
With the 2013-2014 NBA season in full-swing, Crown Royal is not only looking to pro basketball teams and players that 'Reign On' both on and off the court with greatness, but also to the fans who root for the teams and players day in and day out – those same fans who strive to 'Reign On' in their own lives, in their own right every day.
The Toronto Raptors got back on track last night on home court, getting past the Detroit Pistons in impressive fashion by a score of 112-91. The Raptors were down by 4 points at halftime, 54-50, but stormed back in the 3rd quarter with an incredible 34 point effort, taking a 10 lead going into the 4th. From there Toronto did not let up, and increased the lead by 11, resulting with the final score.
The Pistons played strong and held their own with the Raptors, especially in the first half, but Detroit shot a paltry 19 of 35 from the free throw line on the night, not being able to cut into any leads that the Raptors built.
The Toronto Raptors weren't able to get past the Pacers this time, facing Indiana for the 2nd time in the last 3 games. The Pacers were looking for some revenge, and handed the Raptors a 86-79 loss. The Raptors arriving in Indianapolis only 5 hours before the game due to extreme weather conditions probably didn't help matters for Toronto, but sometimes these situations are unavoidable.
Greivis Vasquez has made an immediate impact with the Toronto Raptors since he joined the team as a part of the early December trade with the Sacramento Kings. He has provided stellar play as a backup point guard for the Raptors in key stretches during the Raptors' current on-court success.
In 12 games with the Raptors, Vasquez is averaging 7 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds in 16 minutes per game, while helping the Raptors to a 9-3 record in those 12 games.
The NBA's annual NBA Fit Live Healthy Week began with the help of several ambassadors, including Greivis Vasquez. He joins celebrity chefs, community members and partners in highlighting the importance of healthy living through three simple pillars: be active, eat healthy and play together.
Check out the recent Q&A interview that Greivis did discussing his involvement with 'NBA Fit' click HERE and for more information about NBA Fit Week, continue reading below!
The Toronto Raptors faced the Washington Wizards in DC at the Verizon Center, and came away with a 101-88 win. This marks 5 wins in a row for the Raptors, and they are now 16-15 on the season.
The Raptors held a 7 point lead after the 1st quarter, and the Wizards battled back in the 2nd quarter, and closed the gap to 3 points, with the score 46-43 in favour of Toronto at half time. Toronto came out with a renewed focus after halftime. The Raptors seemed determined to not look past the job at hand and get it done. Toronto's 3 point halftime lead was stretched to as many as 23 points in the 3rd quarter. With a 36 point outburst, they outscored the Wizards by 21 points in the 3rd.
Both the Raptors and the Pacers were playing their 2nd game in consecutive nights, and with a win the Raptors would get back to .500 on the season. The Raptors didn't disappoint their Air Canada Centre faithful or their fans watching from home, as they beat the Indiana Pacers by a score of 95-82, in a game where the Toronto really showed their defensive abilities for the 2nd night in a row.
The Raptors are now back to .500 on the season at 15-15, they have now won 4 games in a row, and have 9 wins in their last 12 games. Once again, the Raptors put together an impressive 4th quarter. DeMar DeRozan had an off night in the Raptors' last game in Chicago, scoring the basketball, but he was more than up to the task this time around.
The Raptors finished 2013 in an impressive fashion; earning another road win, this time, in the Windy City. The Raptors are now 8-3 since the trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings, and with this win over the Chicago Bulls, the Raptors are now on a 3 game winning streak.
Jonas Valanciunas had a full plate battling the Bulls' Joakim Noah all night long. Jonas played 38 minutes and had a strong game, scoring 15 points, grabbing 9 rebounds, along with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Patrick Patterson provided some timely baskets for the Raptors down the stretch in this game, and had 10 points on the night in 23 minutes off the bench.
The game marked the return of Luol Deng for Chicago. Deng had missed the Bulls' last 5 games due to a sore achilles that both he and the team were being cautious with. Deng had 16 points on the night and grabbed 4 rebounds. Jimmy Butler had a solid night with 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Joakim Noah was active as usual with 16 rebounds (6 of them offensive), also chipping in with 7 points and 6 assists.