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Jusuf Nurkic proud of Gary Trent Jr. after GTJ's career night with Toronto Raptors

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Have yourself a game, GTJ!

It’s been a total of six days since the NBA trade deadline.

And as Norman Powell finds his footing with the Portland Trail Blazers, Gary Trent Jr. is doing the same with the Toronto Raptors.

He showed Raptors fans what he’s capable of on both ends Wednesday night as Toronto took on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The former Blazer led the Raptors with a career-high 31 points to go along with two rebounds and two steals. 

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Ahead of Wednesday's contest, Trent Jr. was averaging 9.7 points, shooting 33.3% and just 23.5% from three-point range since joining the Raptors. 

But GTJ made the most of his opportunity with Kyle Lowry out once again Wednesday.  

It’s interesting to note that his previous career-high of 30 points was also against the Thunder when the Blazers lost to the OKC on Jan. 18 of 2020. It was also Trent Jr.’s flu game and his 21st birthday.  

 

The third-year player went off in the first half with 20 points on Wednesday, but the Raptors couldn’t come up with the win despite Trent Jr.'s performance.

His former teammate Jusuf Nurkic was happy to see him finding his way with his new team.

The Raptors have now lost four straight, but Trent Jr. has been a bright spot.

Just be great, Gary!