The Toronto Raptors are on a historic tear. With their 137-126 win over the revamped Minnesota Timberwolves (16-36) the Raptors extended their streak to 15 straight wins. The win-streak marks the most consecutive wins for any Canadian team in professional sports.

With the win Toronto is the second team in the NBA to reach 40 wins. 11 time Championship coach and Hall-of-Famer Phil Jackson has a theory that any team that reaches 40 wins before they reach 20 losses is a true contending team. The Raptors have a 40-14 record. Nick Nurse has also surpassed Steve Kerr as the all-time leader in winning percentage with 72.1%.

The Raptors have now swept the season series against the Timberwolves 2-0. They finish the season series with a 10.5 point differential against the struggling franchise.

Toronto’s 40-14 record leaves them locked in at 2nd in the Eastern conference, 6.5 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks and 2 games ahead of the Boston Celtics.

The Everybody Eats Raptors

All of Toronto’s roster has been effective throughout the win streak. 35 different 20 point performances coming from 9 different players is a testament to how deep this team is. Monday’s match was a fantastic example of how dynamic the Raptors offence is as they had 4 different players score over 20 points on 55% field goal percentage. The 123 points scored by their 5 starters is a single game franchise-high.

A Tale of Two Halves

The game was explosive from the start. The Raptors shot 8 for 8 to open the game, finishing the quarter shooting 69.6% (16/23) from the field. Despite that the Timberwolves refused to go away, leading 75-74 at the end of the half. Despite averaging 14 turnovers a game, the Raptors turned the ball over 14 times in the first half.

The Raptors cleaned up their act in the second half. They turned the ball over only 4 times in the last 24 minutes of play while only allowing 51 points.

Forwards March

OG Anunoby scored 16 of his career-high 25 points in the third quarter. The three starting forwards all played well against Minnesota. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson thrived as the small-ball centre producing a season-high 21 points while Pascal Siakam lead the way with a game-high 34 points. The trio shot a combined 68.1% (32/47) from the field 64.3% (9/14) from beyond the arc while battling for 24 rebounds and dishing 9 assists. They were productive on the defensive end as well, snatching 8 steals in the contest.

Up Next for the Raptors

The Raptors will search for their 16th straight win against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday at 7:30 PM/EST. That match will be Toronto’s last before the All-star break. Extending their win streak to 16 would tie the 1990-91 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest win streak entering the All-star break in NBA history.