By the Numbers: Raptors clinch playoff spot in NBA Finals rematch

Written By Sam Ficarro
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The Toronto Raptors faced the Golden State Warriors for the first time Thursday night since last summer's NBA Finals.

Behind a career-night from guard Norman Powell, Toronto fended off Golden State 121-113 in Stephen Curry's return from injury.

Here were some of the key numbers that decided the game.

37

Powell scored a career-high 37 points Thursday night, including 19 points in the second quarter alone. He shot 13 of 20 from the field, including 4 of 8 from behind the arc, and was the game's leading scorer.

28

The Raptors shot 28 of 31 from the free-throw line outscoring the Warriors by nine at the charity stripe. Lowry was the lone Raptor perfect from the free-throw line (10 for 10).

14

Guard Kyle Lowry tallied his 14th double-double of the season after posting 26 points and 10 assists. Lowry is nine away from tying his career-high in a season (23 in 2017-18).

2

Following Thursday's win, the Toronto Raptors became the second team to clinch a playoff spot following the Milwaukee Bucks, who punched their ticket to the postseason on Feb. 24. It's the earliest Toronto has clinched a playoff berth in franchise history.

Milwaukee holds a nine-game lead on Toronto for home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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