UNC Basketball Alumni in the NBA: Danny Green hits game-winner

Danny Green hits the game-winner for the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, helping them keep their place on top of the Eastern Conference standings

Former University of North Carolina Tar Heels standout Danny Green is fitting right in with his new home in the NBA.

Green was a part of the offseason trade that sent the forward and Kawhi Leonard to Toronto from San Antonio for Demar Derozan. The deal certainly helped Toronto as they now get a star in Leonard and a quality outside shooter in Green.

Through the first few weeks of the season, Green has averaged 9.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.2 assists for the Raptors.

But on Tuesday night, he made one of his biggest shots in his short time with the Raptors.

With Toronto and Orlando tied at 91 and just seconds remaining, Green hit a jumper to put the Raptors ahead 93-91 with just .5 left on the clock. The game-winner ended a tough night of shooting for Green as he finished the game with 13 points of 5-of-13 shooting.

His biggest bucket came at the right time as Toronto kept their place on top of the Eastern Conference standings.

After finishing first in the Eastern Conference last season, the Raptors were swept out of the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round. They fired head coach Dwane Casey and a new era begun.

Their biggest move was to acquire Leonard and so far, Green has also been a nice addition.

With the Raptors in first place, they hope to keep that lead in what is shaping up to be a very tough Eastern Conference. Both Boston and Philadelphia will provide the toughest test for them and things should get good going down the stretch in March and April.

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