Saturday February 20 2010 – 10:57pm Eastern - Toronto, ON 

Wizards @ Raptors

Final Score:
109-104, Raptors (Toronto now 31-24)

“Smith and Jones” Player of the Game:
JARRETT JACK
23 points
8 assists 
4 rebounds
6/9 FG (including 3/4 from 3PT)
8/8 FT

“Alice Fazoolis” Player of the Game:
ANTOINE WRIGHT
19 points (*season high)
4 rebounds
2 assists
2 steals
7/10 FG (including 3/3 from 3PT)

Shout-out to the Wizards:
ANDRAY BLATCHE
24 points
6 rebounds
3 assists
2 blocks
11/21 FG

Stats that stood out:
- Points in the Paint:  44-40, Toronto
- 2nd Chance Points:  23-7, Washington
- Fast Break Points:  20-11, Washington
- The Raptors have now recorded their 20th straight game of 100 or more points. It’s the longest active streak in the NBA and the longest in franchise history as well.
- 11 of Jack’s 23 points came in the 4th quarter
- Andrea Bargnani had 3 blocks in the 4th quarter (and finished with 4 blocks, 18 points, and 6 rebounds)
- Down 10 points, Toronto used an 18-3 run midway through the 4th quarter to get themselves back into the game

Thumbs Up:
- The crowd.  Period.  19,149 (just shy of a sellout) were ROCKIN’ at the ACC.  This was the best crowd the Raps have had all year — and it came during the first Saturday night HOME game in 9 years.  Basketball Night in Canada!

Thumbs Down:
- The 3rd quarter defence (allowing Washington to go on a 20-6 run at one point) nearly let this game get out of hand – and get away from Toronto!

Smith Says:
- “There may have been some ugly points tonight – and last night too – but anytime you can get back to back wins without your best player in the line up, you’ll take it.  And how ’bout Jarrett Jack!  What a spark plug down the stretch.”

Jones Says:
- “It was a good ‘character win’ for Toronto tonight.  Although they gave up a 10-point lead, the Raps made hustle plays down the stretch to earn the victory.”

Keep the 3-ball Streak Alive (915 games and counting):
- The Raptors were 7 of 13 from 3PT range

Next game:
- Blazers @ Raptors – Wednesday February 24 2010 – 7:00pm Eastern
- Tune in at 7:00pm for the “Pizza Pizza” starting line ups

Missed The Rap? You can listen to it here:

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7 Responses to “Comeback Win For Toronto”
  1. 1.

    A ‘character win’ is a win so I’ll take it. It sure wasn’t pretty but they got the job done. Shutting a team down with 5 minutes left was great.

    - Husky
  2. 2.

    Great win by the Raptors!

    To bad Don Cherry wasn’t there :(

    - Raps Fan
  3. 3.

    Solid win with your franchise guy on the pine.

    But without the large gap in free throw attempts the refs afforded the Raptors and considering the deficit in second chance points (23 to 7 Wiz), they should feel somewhat fortunate.

    Nice blocks for Barnie though and Jack really picked it up. Chech the combined PG pts/assists- team win.

    - Gary
  4. 4.

    Jack was TOTALLY Jacked up. Easily, the most valuable acquisition of the offseason. Far more of a team leader than Chris Bosh. Love Bosh’s game but Jack truly inspires his teammates.

    He’s been a gem.

    - brento.
  5. 5.

    great point about jack RE: being a gem and a solid pick-up for T.O.

    don’t think you can slag bosh RE: leadership though. not sure that that’s fair.

    - Eric Smith
  6. 6.

    I don’t think that you can say that Bosh hasn’t been a team leader. He has taken this team on his back more than a few times this season and he has been much more aggressive than last season. Jack has been very good, no doubt, and as a PG he has more power to control a game. He decides who gets the ball, the game flow etc.
    Maybe we have different leaders on different nights.

    - Mr.Curious
  7. 7.

    All I had to do was look at Jack’s face during timeouts. In complete control of his charges…confident, controlled, prepared.

    And you guys got me wrong about Bosh. Great player. But, not all players are born to be great leaders. I’ve ALWAYS felt Bosh would thrive while playing (sorta) second fiddle to another player…and that player doesn’t have to be a star. It can be a true leader, like Jack.

    I read so much about Jack in the months leading up the current season. About how he possessed the skills necessary to lead a team. Not just while on the court, but also off of it.

    Those words never rang more true that now. And, a true leader is a guy who’s leadership seems to increase as the season wears on, and that seems to be exactly what is happening with Jack.

    I really believe it’s becoming HIS team. It’s great.

    No knock on Bosh.

    - brento.
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