Tuesday February 22 2011 -9:44pm Eastern – Charlotte, NC
Toronto falls to 15-42 on the season, losing to the Charlotte Bobcats, 114-101
Raptors - came out with good energy but sputtered in the final 3-4 min; Andrea Bargnani leading the way with 7 points on 3/3 FG
Bobcats - DJ Augustin had 11 points in the QRT; Charlotte had 10 assists on 12 FGs; erased a 4-point TOR lead to go up 6 (33-27) after 1
AT THE HALF
Raptors- shot just 7/19 FG in the 2nd QRT; tacked on 6 more turnovers after giving up 6 in the 1st Q as well; down by 17 at the half
Bobcats - Augustin and Stephen Jackson combined for 25 of the Cats 61 points in the 1st half; Boris Diaw with a game-high 7 asst in the 1st half
Raptors - Toronto’s offence bounced back … led by DeMar DeRozan’s 8 in the QRT but 19 points off turnovers by CHAR through 3 haunted the Raps
Bobcats - Augustin and Gerald Wallace each had 7 points in the QRT; Cats shot 11/19 FG in the 3rd and increased their lead to 20 (89-69)
THE FINAL FRAME
Raptors - Jerryd Bayless had 7 assists and 7 points (10 and 11 total for the game) in the 4th; TOR skunked in 2nd chance points in the final frame
Bobcats - Gerald Henderson led the surge in garbawwwge time with 10 in the QRT (15 for the game); Cats out-rebound the Raps 14-8 in the 4th
ALSO OF NOTE
Bobcats are now 16-3 when leading after 3
Toronto falls to 7-32 when allowing opponents to score 100 or more points
Charlotte lost Stephen Jackson in the 3rd QRT to left hamstring injury
Gerald Wallace had a 20-point night on only 3 field goals! He was 3/6 FG but 14/15 from the FT line. Aggressive.
Toronto announced the acquisitioin of James Johnson from the Bulls just prior to the game
The Raptors were out-scored in the paint, on the fast break, and in 2nd chance points as well.
Post-game interview with Bobcats forward Boris Diaw (16 PTS, 9 ASST, 3 REB, 4 STL) + highlights from the game:
The Raptors will hop on a flight back to Toronto and get set to host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday evening at the ACC. Paul Jones and I will be on the air on tomorrow with the pre game show at 7pm with the tip off.
Have a good one.