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- The Toronto Raptors (18-32) have won two of four games since acquiring Rudy Gay from Memphis on January 30th. Gay is the first player in franchise history to record 20 or more points in each of his first four contests with the team. The Raptors’ forward hit the game-winner in Toronto’s 100-98 overtime victory over the Pacers on Friday.
- The New Orleans Hornets (17-33) are riding a two-game winning streak and have a record of 10-7 with Eric Gordon in their line-up. Gordon has missed 33 games with a nagging knee injury. Averaging 17.0 points, the Hornets’ leading scorer is coming off a season-high 27 points in a 111-100 win against the Hawks Friday evening.
- Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez registered his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in Atlanta on Friday. Vasquez is averaging 11.1 assists over his last 11 games. “I would say he’s one of the most improved [players],” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “He’s knocking down his shots, getting to the rim with consistency and [he’s] tough as nails.”
- Jonas Valanciunas will replace Aaron Gray in the Raptors’ starting line-up. The rookie will make his first start since December 21st after coming off the bench in the four games he’s played since returning from a hand injury. Forward Landry Fields is active, missing the last three contests with back spasms. Toronto can sweep the season series, having already defeated New Orleans 104-97 in overtime on December 28th.
– Josh Lewenberg