Nothing would fall. Try as they might, and boy did they ever knowing an opportunity to extend the win-streak into the All-Star break was on the line, Toronto just couldn’t buy a bucket. As a team, the Raptors shot under 40 percent for the game, were without the services of Marc Gasol and Norman Powell, and their crutch for the majority of this season—their defence—was coming undone by 12 second-chance opportunities all told.
As the cliché goes, it was just one of those nights. And exactly that type of night is the reason why, regardless of the quality of the opposition, reeling off 15 straight wins and not tasting defeat for 30 days is all the more impressive. It takes laser-sharp focus, a commitment to excellence, and resiliency in the face of adversity to keep chugging along so smoothly. Oh, and a little bit of luck along the way doesn’t hurt either.
Here are 15 moments from the streak that highlighted each of those facets that will be pillars of the Raptors’ success heading into the unofficial second half of the season.