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A year after the Toronto Raptors lost Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, how, exactly, do they manage to dominate a regular season that ultimately led to an NBA championship? The answer to this question is broad, philosophical, and if we’re being honest, it still has to be tested in the playoffs. The most literal answer is Paul Watson Jr. and Stanley Johnson.

On Wednesday, it was Johnson who won a game to give the Raptors their best winning percentage ever. On Friday, he and Watson combined for 45 points, sealing a 117-109 victory and the second-best NBA record.

“First of all, I just want to start off by saying justice for Breonna Taylor,” Johnson told TSN when asked what this recording says about the Raptors. “I think it’s resilience. It’s the word of the year for us and for me. … The guys came back in shape, the guys came back focused, the coaches came back focused and we ran the business. That’s what…


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