Raptors 905 will continue its postseason journey to the NBA D-League Finals after defeating the Maine Red Claws, 103-88 Wednesday night. Six 905 players scored in double figures, led by Brady Heslip who scored 21 points off the bench. Demetrius Jackson scored 21 points for Maine in the loss.
After briefly falling behind to start the game, Raptors 905 took a 9-8 lead at the 8:24 mark of the first quarter and never looked back. Toronto Raptors assignee Bruno Caboclo and EJ Singler both scored seven points in the opening 12 minutes of play, to put the 905 ahead 23-11. An 18-0 run late in the second quarter propelled the 905 to what would be an insurmountable lead by the end of the first half. Heslip closed the half scoring 12 consecutive points, as his team headed into the break leading 56-36.
Maine would do its best to claw back in the second half, but were unable to trim the lead to single digits at any point in the final 24 minutes of play. Yanick Moreira closed the game strong for the 905, recording 10 of his 16 points and seven of his 12 rebounds in the final two quarters of play. Jackson, on assignment from the Boston Celtics, led all scorers with 14 points in the second half of play.
Tonight’s victory marks the first time Raptors 905 have beat Maine at home in franchise history (previously 0-5) and the first time this season that the host team has won a game between these two clubs. Raptors 905 will face the winner of Oklahoma City and Rio Grande Valley in the NBA D-League Finals.