Donyell Marshall was rumoured to be on his way out of town dozens of times this season, but his explosion on offence last night was no rumour.
It was a living, breathing reality.
In 28 minutes off the bench, the Raptors' forward launched 19 three-point attempts, converting on 12 to tie the NBA record, as the Raptors buried the Philadelphia 76ers 128-110 at the Air Canada Centre.
The previous player to hit 12 from beyond the arc was Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 7, 2003, against Seattle.
The previous high for threes by a Raptor was nine, set by Dee Brown on April 28, 1999, at Milwaukee.
"I'm proud because it's against Philadelphia and I know that my home town was watching," said Marshall, a native of Reading, Pa.
"My teammates did a good job finding me. They passed up open shots to get the ball to me. I give them the credit."
Marshall picked up a career-best 38 points in all and grabbed 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season. The 38 was also a Raptors' season-high for points.
"We didn't have an answer for Marshall," Philadelphia coach Jim O'Brien said. "Whatever we did -- we guarded the side pick-and-rolls, changed it, we moved it up, we switched it.
"(But) he made threes whether he was challenged or unchallenged.
"It was a spectacular shooting performance."
The home side, to the delight of a sellout crowd of 19,800, moved the ball exceptionally well and that paid off on the scoreboard.
The Raptors, now 27-36, also set an NBA mark for most three-pointers in a game with 21, the previous high being 19 set by Atlanta at Dallas, Dec. 17, 1996.
The two teams also set a league record for most triples in a game with 31.
Toronto's 32 assists also was a season high and the Raps committed a season-low 11 personal fouls. The team's 47 field goals tied a season best.
But Marshall was not the only one who stepped up.
Second-year power forward Chris Bosh had a great game offensively, picking up his team-leading 25th double-double, with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Morris Peterson's performance also was overshadowed by Marshall's three-point clinic. Not only did he pick up 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, the starting small forward also did a solid job guarding Allen Iverson.
The Philly guard had his usual big offensive outing, scoring 32 points with eight assists.
Newcomer Chris Webber had 19 for Philly.
The game keeps the Raptors marginally alive in the Atlantic Division playoff race and was a nice recovery after losing to the lowly Atlanta Hawks 116-112 on Friday night.
"(Last night) was a perfect example of what the NBA is all about," said Jalen Rose, who had 14 for the Raptors. "How you play a bad game, and everybody's ready to get down on you and then you come out and have a spectacular performance. That's why you have to keep playing and that's why the season's 82 games."