The Toronto Raptors appeared to be a collection of dead men walking after winning just one game in the month of March, and a matchup against the Golden State Warriors didn’t look very promising. However, Gary Trent Jr., Pascal Siakam, and the rest of the Raptors were given a gift from the basketball gods before the game.
Steph Curry sat the game out with a tailbone injury, and Draymond Green was an unhealthy scratch. With Golden State’s top offensive and defensive options out, Toronto smelt the blood in the water. Needless to say, they pounced.
Toronto won 130-77 in one of the most dominant performances you’ll ever see in an NBA game. Even though the Raptors led by just one at the end of the first quarter, they completely humiliated a solid Golden State team.
On a night where the Raptors led by as much as 60 and outscored the Warriors 81-30 in the second and third quarters combined, these four stats stand out as the most jaw-dropping tidbits from this magical night.
These 4 Toronto Raptors stats stand out as the craziest from last night’s win
Raptors insane stat No. 1: Gary Trent Jr.’s plus-minus dominance.
Trent, who has 24 points and five rebounds on 8-14 shooting and 6-9 from 3-point range, was an astonishing +54 for the night, breaking Kyle Lowry’s old franchise record. He would’ve broken most other NBA franchises’ records, as his performance was the second-best in NBA history, by that metric.
Only Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who was a +57 for the Houston Rockets in a 2017 win against the Denver Nuggets, can claim to have had a better plus-minus ratio in a single game than Trent. Not only was Trent shooting the lights out, but he was showing his value as a perimeter defender by dominating Golden State on the wing.
If the Raptors do indeed view Trent as a key long-term piece for the next half-decade, nights like last night show what he is capable of.
Raptors insane stat No. 2: Pascal Siakam’s birthday bash.
Not to be outdone, Siakam, a +49 on the night, chose to put together arguably his best game of the season. Taking advantage of the lack of Draymond and rookie James Wiseman at center, Siakam put up 36 points on 14-24 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds.
Siakam might be having another excellent season, evidenced by his career-high in rebounds and assists per game, but his scoring has decreased since last year. Games like this, even with the degree of difficulty being what it was, show that when he’s got that interior game working, very few power forwards in the league are in his class from a purely offensive point of view.
This may not be Shaquille O’Neal putting up 61 points on his 28th birthday, but Siakam certainly turned 27 in style. This win could set the tone for a strong finish to Siakam’s season after some early struggles.
Raptors insane stat No. 3: This was the biggest win in franchise history.
Toronto’s 53-point margin of victory is the largest in franchise history, overtaking a 46-point victory against the Indiana Pacers last season. After struggling to close games in the last few months, they needed this victory.
Holding the Warriors, who still have shooters even without Steph on the floor, to 77 points would’ve been enough to earn a gold star, but totaling 130 points and winning a two-quarter battle by 51 points is simply astonishing.
The team needed a win like this badly, and they got it at the hands of the depleted Warriors. For at least one game, the tank conversations have been put on hold.
Raptors insane stat No. 4: The Warriors didn’t have one fast break point.
Remember the cutting-edge Warriors? The ones who were playing such fast, futuristic basketball that it changed the shape of the league? Yeah…turns out that when Steph can rise up from 35 feet regularly, their offense becomes much more lethal than when Juan Toscano-Anderson is handling the ball in the post.
The Warriors became the first team in 25 years to lose by 50 and not have a single fast break point. They had just one fast break attempt, and they missed it. While the Raptors’ defense should be credited for an incredible performance, the Warriors were totally befuddled on offense.
Canadian Mychal Mulder played 18 minutes, made just one of his six shots, and scored just three points while turning the ball over once. Statistically, going off of plus-minus, he was the best player Golden State put out on the court that evening.
What a night it was.