MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Raptors 905 (33-11) captured its first Central Division title, defeating the Long Island Nets (15-30) 120-105, in front of 4, 044 fans at Hershey Centre Saturday afternoon. RJ Hunter led all scorers with 24 points in the losing effort for the Nets, while Raptors 905 received 18-point performances from Brady Heslip, Pascal Siakam and Edy Tavares.
Hunter opened the game shooting 50 per cent from the floor en route to an 11-point opening quarter, benefitting the Nets. Tavares led the 905 to a 33-28 advantage in the frame, scoring eight points while collecting three rebounds.
After a closely contested second frame, the two teams head into halftime with Raptors 905 leading 63-57, led by Tavares and Toronto Raptors assignee Bruno Caboclo, who scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds in the first half. Hunter led all scorers with 15 points in the opening half for Long Island, teammate JJ Moore also contributed 13 points in the opening 24 minutes for the Nets.
A strong second half would help Raptors 905 pull away from Long Island and secure the victory. Heslip, averaging 20.1 points over his last 10 games, scored 13 second half points while Siakam scored 12 of his 18 points in the half. Trashon Burrell scored 11 points in the closing half for Long Island, while Hunter added nine points to his game-high total of 24 points. The 905 closed the game with season-high 39 assists on 51 field goals.
Raptors 905 remain the only team to have clinched a playoff spot in the NBA D-League with a 33-11 record this season. The team has maintained a league-best defense all season, currently holding opponents to a league-low 99.7 points per game, while enjoying seven-, nine- and 10-game win streaks this season.