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Dec 28, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) passes the ball against the New York Knicks at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Knicks 115-100. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Patterson tosses up game-winning shot against Nets (GIF)

The Toronto Raptors were supposed to tank and compile assets that would make them better for the future. But after training away Rudy Gay in late 2013, the Raptors suddenly got good and are now fighting their way up the Eastern Conference playoff totem pole.

One of the assets that the Raptors got back in the Rudy Gay trade was Patrick Patterson, and he paid off very well on Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets. Patterson was able to drain what ended up being the game-winning shot, elevating the Raptors even further.

Patrick Patterson steal and game-winning shot

They may not be up for a deep playoff run, but the Raptors are indeed on fire at the moment and they’re one of the more surprising teams to watch in the NBA right now.

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