Patrick Patterson scores 22 to lead Toronto to 108-101 win over New Orleans

Patrick Patterson- photo by Tom Szczerbowski | USA TODAY Sports
- photo by Tom Szczerbowski | USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Patterson knows his role and, usually, it’s making an impact off the bench.

But on Monday, the back-up forward got his first start since coming to Toronto two months ago and made the most of it, pouring in a season-high 22 points as the Raptors defeated New Orleans 108-101.

“My role doesn’t change whether it’s starting, or whether I’m coming off the bench,” said Patterson, who learned earlier in the day he would join the starting five in place of Amir Johnson, sidelined with a right ankle injury. “Setting screens, rebounding, shooting my shot, running the floor in transition and making my teammates better.”

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