On Sunday, the Raptors beat the Pacers 121-105 in Toronto. With the win the Raptors have beaten the two biggest contenders in their Eastern Conference, moving to 30-12, becoming the first team to win 30 games this season.
Coming into the weekend, the Raptors had lost to the Spurs by 18, and were looking at a difficult two games, facing the best in the East Milwaukee Bucks, and the Indiana Pacers, who were riding a 6 game win streak.
On Saturday, the Raptors took on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the East leading Bucks, with Toronto coming out on top 123-116. All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Antetokounmpo went back and forth all night, with the pair having 73 points between them (Leonard 30, Antetokounmpo 43). The Raptors were able to have extremely efficient team shooting on the night, shooting over 50% from the field and above 45% from 3.
Toronto had no time to celebrate, as they hosted the Pacers just a day later on Sunday. Indiana came into the matchup with Toronto as one of the hottest teams in the NBA. The Pacers had won 6 games in a row, and 13 of the last 15. In addition, Toronto would be without star Kawhi Leonard for the game, who was injured doing the content with the Bucks (day-to-day).
Nonetheless, the Raptors was able to end the Pacers run, beating them by 16 at home (121-105). Small forward Norman Powell took advantage of Leonard’s absence, scoring 23 points in 32 minutes against Indiana.
Everyone knows that this Toronto team is talented, but their depth has been questioned before. Now, while they are going through some injury woes, they are proving their ability to be resilient, winning though games without key players. On Saturday, the Raptors were without a hugely influential player in Kyle Lowry. On Sunday, Toronto played without one of the league's best players in Kawhi Leonard. The Raptors went on to win both games, with both games being played against the top two teams in their Eastern Conference. The Raptors have to be feeling great about the season, and even better about the postseason that lies ahead.