The Toronto Raptors are back in the game after consecutive wins against the Orlando Magic. Their recent 123-108 victory became a reason for an even bigger celebration because of Fred VanVleet’s extraordinary performance.
When Vince Carter dropped those 51 points against the Suns in Feb 2000, who’d have thought that there were many such moments to come. But that night came with Fred’s colossal play against an ailing Magic who had no defense good enough for him.
Fred VanVleet made his Raptors teammates super proud
Interestingly, Steady Freddy scored 54 points (breaking DeRozan’s record) whereas the other four members of the starting-five combined a total of 53 points. Now, one would think that Fred was better than everyone, while the reality is that it was his team that ensured he has possession and makes use of his astonishing form.
In the post-game interview, Kyle Lowry accepted that he forced passes to Fred VanVleet and expressed, “He legit was like, ‘Yo y’all, keep playing.”
The star point guard further added, “It was only 23 shots. I think Steph and Klay have records like that.”
It was one unbelievable night for the youngster who dominated from the three-point range. He dropped 11 threes and also converted each of his nine FTs. That gave him a 17/23 accuracy and left it to the imagination how many more he could’ve scored with 30+ shots.
Can these wins become the turnaround for the Canadian squad?
The Raptors are on a downfall when compared to their 2018-19 championship run. They lost a few key players to trade and now are trailing early in the season. However, they have a few reasons to stay positive. The 26-YO Fred is enjoying his career’s best season so far, averaging close to 20 ppg, and is also doing amazing defensively.
Kyle Lowry is also picking rhythm and becoming better at his rebounding this season. The Raptors still have a legitimate chance to make a comeback. They are sitting at #9 in the rankings and that’s not too bad given the time left. However, up next is their biggest test against the Brooklyn Nets. Do you think Fred can repeat the performance again? Help us know in the comments.
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