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VanVleet, Champagnie Lead Raptors to Blow Out Victory over the Spurs

Justin Champagnie may just be the real deal.

No, the 20-year old Champagnie has not gotten a ton of opportunities to this point, but in the minutes he has earned, he has consistently shown nothing but promise.

Yesterday was yet another example of just that as the young Raptors forward put together a 14 point performance on 5-of-6 shooting – including four made three-pointers – in a 129-104 blowout victory over the San Antonio Spurs. In 13 minutes of action, Champagnie would finish the game with a +9 net rating, leading the bench in scoring.

“Chris [Boucher] had a good game,” Nurse said, speaking on the effectiveness of his bench in recent days. “There’s certain guys that are energy guys you look coming off the bench. Justin, Chris, those guys, it’s been nice actually. I think Khem gives us a totally different look coming off the bench as well. I thought he had a great impact on the game.”

As has recently been the case, everything comes back to Fred VanVleet, who once again had an incredible game, leading all scores with 33 points, hitting seven of his 14 three-point attempts. Pascal Siakam pitched in with an 18 point, 12 rebound performance, while Gary Trent Jr. added 21 points of his own in the win.

“I think just the position we’re in now with having everybody back, I think we can kind of find our own natural roles, which has been a little bit of an issue this year with having guys in and out and guys having to do more than expected,” VanVleet said. “So I think we’re finding our natural rhythm of where our team is going to be for now and obviously feeling pretty good.”

With the Raptors back at the .500% mark, things will only get tougher, as Toronto will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on the second night of a back-to-back before heading back home to face the scorching hot Utah Jazz.

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