Raps set to make history

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

The Raptors are expected to enter the record books with a quirky feat tonight.

If they hit one three-pointer tonight against the Denver Nuggets at the Air Canada Centre -- almost a guarantee -- the Raptors will tie the NBA record for most consecutive games with at least one three-pointer -- 594 by the Miami Heat. The Raptors can set the record Sunday with a shot from downtown against the visiting Indiana Pacers, the previous team to prevent Toronto from draining a three on Feb. 24, 1999.

The hated Vince Carter started the streak Feb. 26, 1999. Twenty-one times during the streak, the Raptors canned just one triple, including earlier this season on Nov. 7 when Morris Peterson kept the string alive with 1:11 left against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Forty players have contributed to the streak, with Peterson leading the way with 644 long-range hits.

NUMBERS GAME

The Raptors have been feasting on lightweights, but getting knocked out by heavyweights this season.

The Raptors' improved record after their 1-15 start has, for the most part, been generated by good play against some of the NBA's weaker sisters.

Entering play Wednesday night, the Raptors had a 1-12 record against the league's top eight teams, putting them ahead of only the Charlotte Bobcats (0-12) and Boston Celtics (1-13).

The Raptors also aren't very good against the league's next best eight teams, sitting at 4-16. Conversely, they are 11-3 against the league's six worst teams.

INTERESTING STATEMENT

Cavs coach Mike Brown might want to take a closer look at the Raptors' recent results.

After his team escaped the Air Canada Centre with a buzzer-beating win Wednesday, Brown had this to say.

"For us to step up and get a road win against anybody, especially a hot team like Toronto, feels pretty good."

Toronto, hot? Last time we checked, the Raptors had lost eight of their past nine games.


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