Sunday March 29 2009 – 7:11pm Eastern (Toronto, ON)

Bulls @ Raptors

Final Score:
134-129 (OT), Raptors

“Alice Fazoolis” Player of the Game:
22 points
19 assists
3 steals
8/11 FG

“Smith and Jones” Player of the Game:
31 points
15 rebounds
2 assists
10/21 FG
11/11 FT

Shout-out to the Bulls:
37 points
9 assists
3 rebounds
15/26 FG

Stats that stood out:
- Raptors out-rebound the Bulls 42-32
- Balanced attack for T.O. … 5 players in double figures:
Bosh - 31
Shawn Marion - 16
Pops Mensah-Bonsu - 13
Andrea Bargnani - 28
Calderon – 22
- Toronto led by a game-high 18 points with 10:07 to go in the 4TH but they coughed-up the lead and saw Gordon tie the game at the buzzer and send it to overtime
- The Raps were out-scored in the 4TH quarter 42-29
- Calderon sets a new career high with those 19 assists
- Calderon ties a franchise high with those 19 assists (*tied with Damon Stoudamire)
- The Raptors set a new franchise high for points in a game with 134

Thumbs Up:
- After falling down 4-0 in overtime — and seeing the Bulls carry momentum into OT — Toronto stormed back to take the lead and ice the game, 134-129 (out-scoring Chicago 15-10 in overtime)

Thumbs Down:
- Coughing up the 18-point lead with 10:07 to go in the 4TH.  That was brutal.  On top of that, Chicago didn’t take its first lead of the ball game until overtime.

Smith says:
- “As Gorilla Monsoon might have said:  ‘What intestinal fortitude by the Raps in the OT comeback.”

Jones says:
- “

“V-Tech” 3-In-To-Win Give-Away:
The Raptors were 6 of 13 from 3PT range

Next game:
- Raptors @ Magic
– Wednesday April 1 2009
- Tune in at just after 7:00pm Eastern for the “Pizza Pizza” starting line ups

E. Smith

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23 Responses to “Raps Win OT Thriller”
  1. 1.


    but at the same time FINALLY 4 in a row…just too late in the season…

    - Andrea
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    - Raps Fan
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    - Raps Fan
  4. 4.

    What was that I heard?

    A Gorilla Monsoon reference?

    Unfortunately, there will be no future Gorilla sightings at the ACC.

    But, that quip by Eric was more than worth the price of admission.

    Thanks for the laugh

    - brento
  5. 5.

    This game was demonstrated exactly why I have become more of a basketball fall than a hockey fan over the last few years (and I never would have believed that would happen).

    Exciting game, huge lead built, athletic plays, great defense, huge lead blown, nail biter back and forth, Pops energy (quickly a fan favourite), Jose’s record assists, Raps record points (really?) and an overtime that the Raptors actually pulled out.

    All against a team that no one can say is a pushover and you can readily see the parts to work with in the off season.

    -still a disappointing year but a happy Raps fan tonight.

    - Gary
  6. 6.

    Hey E,
    I great WWE reference, why can I see you wrestling with “wrestling buddy” dolls. Now correct me if I’m wrong, was “The British bulldog” not on the floor during the 4th quarter, wouldn’t the energy he was bringing pick up the team? They looked a little uneasy at the end of the game. Am I wrong? Probably am. Oh well 4 wins in a row better late than never! How’s your bracket coming along??

    - Lanny from Whitby
  7. 7.

    Wassup with the in-arena announcer?? It looked like Herbie was still there (I couldnt tell forsure from my nosebleeds). Any news on that?

    - Eli
  8. 8.

    The Raptors to be honest should have lost that game. When you have double-digit leads close to the end of the game, there is no reason to slack off like that!! But all I can say is that let them enjoy their BIG 4-game winning streak while they can because that is ALL they will get if they let teams come back from deep hole deficit AGAIN!!!

    - Steven
  9. 9.

    Good suggestion, Raps Fan.

    You’re totally right, man. This is DEFINITELY going to be our lineup next year:


    I also think BC will trade Humphries and a 2nd rounder for Chris Paul…to back up Calderon.

    And yet I ask myself…why am I even wasting time responding to your posts??????

    - brento
  10. 10.

    Chill Berto, we all feel ya. Is Pops knee going to hold up for 82 games and why is roko not thought of as a good back-up option considering he’s improving every game?

    - Rob from brantford
  11. 11.

    Nice win –
    Calderon and Bargnani do look like legit starters .
    Bosh is playing well . If he wants to leave, we should get a good starter in return .
    I doubt if Marion returns, certainly not at the money he gets now .
    The 4 wins were over teams with combined 27-111 road record , but we showed some fire in beating Bulls and Swirsk .
    Triano is still on the bubble , but maybe he gets rehired as cost saving move ?

    - Chas Calz
  12. 12.

    Don’t worry, Rob…I’m chilled :)

    Anyways, I have a feeling that this Raps fan guy is just a kid…and I don’t want to burst his bubble.

    I’ve been a fan since day one, and a season seat holder for nine years. I’ve seen some ups and downs, but our ups have always been very short-lived. This team has always, always underachieved…or, in the case of the 47 win season, failed in the playoffs.

    A four game win streak against the dregs of the NBA means nothing to me. The chances of the Raps getting out of the first round this year, is fairly low ;)

    - brento
  13. 13.

    Another fun but meaningless game from a MLS&E team…kind of like the Leafs’ win over Washington last week (the Cujo show). Maybe MLS&E stands for Meaning-Less Sport & Entertainment.

    - jim
  14. 14.

    I said we should get these kind of players!!!


    NOT that we should get all of them! It would would be pretty good if that HAPPENED!

    - Raps Fan
  15. 15.

    Raps Fan…of the five players you mentioned, only one of them is a winner. And you can figure out who that is…quite easily.

    The other four are just samples from a plethora of NBA star-talent athletes who seem more concerned with their images (or lack thereof) than winning.

    Tim Duncan. Kobe Bryant. Steve Nash. Chauncey Billups. Rip Hamilton. Manu Ginobili. Tony Parker. Chris Paul. Dirk Nowitzki. Shaq O’Neal. And some guy named LeBron.

    Larry Bird. Reggie Miller. Magic Johnson. John Stockton. David Robinson. Charles Barkley. Isiah Thomas. And a guy named Jordan.

    These guys are the kinds of guys that get you deep into the playoffs. They give you 100% effort, even when injured. They stay out of trouble, off the court (except for Isaiah, of course, AFTER he retired!). They are positive role models for kids and command respect.

    Without these kinds of players, your team will likely peak somewhere in the early rounds of the playoffs. And until the Raptors find a way to build their team around one of these winners, the Raps will be an NBA afterthought.

    - brento
  16. 16.

    Kobe Bryant and Charles Barkley stay out of trouble and are positive role models for our kids??? Except for rape or adultery and drinking and driving….glad I’m not your kid brento…

    The fact that they ARE doesn’t mean that any professional athlete SHOULD be a role model for your kids.

    I certainly agree on the effort part, that group put forth on a night in night out basis.

    - Gary
  17. 17.

    There is no doubt Colangelo has messed up badly the last 2 seasons .
    Raps were 47-35 . The roster and coaching changes have been unproductive .
    MLSE I imagine will give if one more season to straighten out the mess he’s made.

    - Chas Calz
  18. 18.


    I don’t know about some of these guys being good role models off the court, Charles Barkley spitting into the bleachers during a game intended for a heckler and accidently spitting on a little girl in the process, his known bar fight(s) stories of Jordan being a gambler (possibly on NBA games, hence his 1.5 years absence in the mid 1990′s) and allegations of being a dead beat dad to a child he had outside of his marriage, Magic Johnson’s unprotected sexual escapades outside of his marriage endagering his wife to hiv he contracted and to his other sexual partners. But to tell you the truth as long as there is no criminal activities, their on or off court problems does not matter when it comes to their heart to win. That is something Vince did not develope, should a player automatically have it, that would be great but sometimes it has to be developed. And know matter how good and driven a player is they have to have a good supporting cast. I like Anthony Parker, but he is not at this time a starting guard, Kapono as well. Maybe if Delfino did not leave, then combining the skill sets of Delfino & Parker, they would equal a player like Joe Johnson for Atlanta or a Michael Redd in Milwaukee. It is surprising how much losing Delfino hurt the team this year. Parker unfortunately and Kapono has to be moved, or maybe a combination of Graham and Kapono, Graham and Parker, or Humphries and Parker, but something has to give to get a good all star caliber swing player.

    - David Dawson
  19. 19.

    Brento. You also forgot to mention David Robinson. And I agree with you on your last comment. I was just thinking an aggressive assistant coach like um….Xavier McDaniels along with baketball knowledge of current ESPN commutator and former Raptor Mark Jackson and you know head coach Avery Johnson. Cause this coaching staff was pathetic last year and this year.

    - Steven
  20. 20.

    David….you wanna mention trading somebody, trade Bargnani. You guys cheer on him just for scoring but what about his rebounding or his defense which he has none. All he is good for is shooting 3′s and that won’t help win games if he is just looking for points. A 7-foot player is suppose to average between 7.5-10RPG. Bargnani isn’t and never will do anything like that.

    - BOJACK
  21. 21.

    How do you know BOJACK?

    - Raps Fan
  22. 22.

    Sorry, guys. I absolutely stand corrected for including Kobe and Barkley in my list. My memorey for Barkley is a bit cloudy…as I was in my teens when he was in his prime, and I seem to have “forgotten” a few items from those days ;) As I seem to recall, I don’t think he got into much trouble in his playing days. What he has done since is irrelevant to me, anyways. I was referring to these guys as “players”, not celebrities.

    With regard to Kobe…I, mean…he’s Kobe. Yes, he has done wrong, but he’s the 2nd best player of the last 30 years!

    But, fine…he can be removed from my list…in spite of him being one of the most fiercely competitive athletes of our time.

    And the Admiral, while a bit stiff in his game, was a total straight shooter. Maybe a bit too straight, too polite.

    Anyways, I’m a Nash guy all the way. I love great guards, love to see them control the game…the way it was meant to play, when players could still shoot the ball and didn’t rely on one-sided refereeing and dunk stunts to win crowds over.

    - brento
  23. 23.

    And one last thing…the loss of Carlos Delfino meant nothing to this team. I am stumped by anyone who mentions his name — it almost seems to be a desperate stab to come up with anything that has changed from last year’s team.

    Delfino was so frustrating to watch. Terribly inconsistent, with a very sketchy effort level. Great hair, though.

    And about Parker, Kapono, Hump, Graham, etc…these guys don’t cut it, in my books. None of them would be getting rotation time on a good time. Perhaps Parker, when he was in better shape (when he joined the Raps), but these guys define what the Raptors are — SOFT as a pillow.

    - brento
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