It was the moment Nik Staukas had been waiting for his entire life.
The 21-year-old Mississauga native, who grew up a Raptors fan, played his first game in front of his hometown ACC crowd Jan. 28.
Family and friends of Stauskas cheered loudly as the NBA rookie knocked down his first jump shot in the ACC at the start of the second quarter.
But he wasn’t wearing a Raptor’s jersey. He was playing for the opponent, the Sacramento Kings.
Raps get key performances
Unfortunately for the Stauskas and the Kings, the contest was a losing affair. The Raptors took care of the Kings, thanks to a 27-point performance from Lou Williams, winning by a final score of 119 to 102.
Another key performer in the win was Greivis Vasquez, who had 18 points four rebounds. Jonas Valanciunis also had a great game, falling just short of a double double with 18 points and 9 rebounds.
With the win the Raptors continue a recent string of success, with the victory being their fourth straight. The current winning streak is the longest for the team since Dec. 21.
The Raptors can look forward to the February schedule, after the team struggled through most of the month of January.
They will look to add to the winning streak when the play the Brooklyn Nets in New York City on Friday.