The Toronto Raptors have become one of the league's hottest teams over the last couple of weeks winning 12 out of their last 13 games.

This has elevated them to the top overall spot in the Eastern Conference and second-best mark in the league through 31 games played. During a recent interview with David Aldridge of, All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry pinpointed their success this season to them further embracing the 3-point shot.

“The 3-point game is helping us evolve, it’s spacing us out a lot more. I think it helps with everything — it helps us with spacing, pace, understanding where we all want to be on the floor. And it gives us the confidence to all do it. We all can shoot it without nobody b**ching at you. No one cares who shoots the three. We want everybody to be successful.”

Although Toronto is tied for the 21st-best 3-point percentage this season, they are 10th in the league with 11.2 made 3-pointers per game while being sixth with 31.6 attempts per contest. This has helped contribute to the Raptors finding much offensive success this season currently being third with 111.3 points and sixth with a 47.9 percent field goal percentage.

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All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan has been a clear example of increased offensive production from beyond the arc lately making 4-of-7 attempts in Saturday's win over the Philadelphia 76ers. This marked the first time in his career that he has made at least three 3-pointers in three straight games while making 13 shots from beyond the arc during that stretch on 65 percent shooting.

Meanwhile, Lowry is putting together another efficient season as he's putting up more all-around numbers this month averaging 14.5 points, 7.3 assists, and 6.0 rebounds while shooting .345 from 3-point range. Beyond these improved numbers, it's clear that the Raptors are embracing the use of the 3-point shot.

However, it will come down to if this can hold up against the top teams in the East in the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. That will be the true test of their improved play this season.