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Serge Ibaka's Ridiculous Night Was Something We Haven't Seen Since Wilt Chamberlain


Before you go on, the answer is no, Serge Ibaka is in no way comparable to Wilt Chamberlain.

Well, at least, until last nights performance against the Lakers.

If you missed it, Ibaka put up a career-high 34 points, on 15-1 7 shooting. What was amazing was the fact that he made 18 consecutive shots (going back to the game before against the Suns, where he made his last four shots), matching a mark that hasn't been seen since Wilt Chamberlain back in 1967.

To say he had the game of his life would be an understatement.

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

Whether that's a testament to the Lakers' bad defense or to the offensive prowess of the Raptors, it is a pretty revealing stat line either way.

Nobody has seen a Raptors team this good in years. The acquisition of Kawhi bolstered their defense, but the scheme changes of new head coach Nick Nurse seems to have bolstered their offense as well. Long story short, the Raptors might really be this good.

The Lakers, meanwhile, are struggling to maintain stability, mostly in part to their lackluster defense. Kyle Kuzma and others are near the bottom in defensive statistical efficiency, and they've been unable to stop good teams from scoring.

No matter which way you look at it, it's a pretty crazy thing to have a guy like Serge Ibaka literally putting up Wilt-like numbers. Definitely not how we expected our Saturday to go.