Raptors fans turned out in record numbers for a Tuesday matinee at the Air Canada Centre.
With 18,900 in attendance at Raptors 905’s game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers — a rematch of the 2017 NBA G League Finals — Toronto’s affiliate set the minor league’s all-time attendance mark. RGV, the Rockets’ affiliate, won the game, 117-109.
This isn’t the first time that the 905, the defending champions in just their third season, broke the attendance record. The 905 set the record early last season before being topped by the Warriors and Thunder affiliates, and then reclaiming the record in March.
Highest Attendance, NBA G League Game
18,900 – Raptors 905 vs. RGV Vipers, 12/5/17
18,090 – Raptors 905 vs. Austin Spurs, 3/13/17
17,695 – Oklahoma City Blue vs. Long Island Nets, 3/8/17
17,497 – Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Blue, 2/12/17
15,011 – Raptors 905 vs. Grand Rapids Drive, 12/20/16
Five of those 18,900 attendees were familiar faces to Raptors fans: Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, Delon Wright and DeMar DeRozan — the first four of whom have played for the 905.
Raptors two-way player Lorenzo Brown (36 PTS, 11 AST, 10 REB) tallied a triple-double for the 905. Paving the way for RGV was Nuggets two-way player Monte Morris (25 PTS, 12 REB, 7 AST) and reigning NBA G League Player of the Week RJ Hunter, who poured in 30 points.