Monday, March 26, 2012

Raps Rap: March 21-26

Game 47- vs Bulls (L 94-82 / 15-32 / streak L3) Wednesday March 21, 2012

With the Raptors celebrating Canadian Armed Forces night in Toronto, the Raps debuted their long-awaited camouflage uniforms. Unfortunately (insert Raptors "were nowhere to be found" joke here). Even without Derrick Rose, the Bulls pulled a come-from-behind victory led by John Lucas's 13 fourth-quarter points, Kyle Korver's clutch shooting and Luol Deng's 17 point, 10 rebound double-double. DeRozan finished with 23 points and six rebounds, but his team was outrebounded 49-41 and shot just 12.5% from long range. The Bulls outscored the Raptors 32-12 in the final frame.

Raptor Highlight of the Night; James Johnson on the follow slam

Game 48- vs Knicks (W 96-79 / 16-32 / streak W1) Friday March 23, 2012

When Linsanity last hit Toronto, it peaked. Since then the Jeremy Lin story has cooled off some, but that didn't prevent a multitude of Lin fans from taking over the ACC Friday night. Lin, however, finished with just six points on 3-9 shooting. Amar'e had 17 points and Melo had just 12. The Raptors dominated throughout the game and the Knicks clearly look out of sorts, struggling to find an identity and winning scheme after dismissing coach Mike D'Antoni. DeRozan finished with 30 points including a couple of exciting dunks, Bargs went for 21 and Gary Forbes contributed 19 points off the bench.The Knicks were ineffective and the Raps led by as much as 22 points in front of a home crowd unsure who to cheer or who to boo (even Steve Novak was cheered loudly...?)

Raptor Highlight of the Night; DeRozan dunk off the backboard from Gary Forbes

Game 49- @ Chicago (L 102-101 / 16-33 / streak L1) Saturday March 24, 2012

The Raps lost a heart-breaker in overtime in Chicago after Luol Deng tipped in the game-winner at the final buzzer. Playing without DeRozan who tweaked his ankle in the previous night's win, James Johnson and Jose Calderon each scored 20 points for the Raps. Still without Rose, the Bulls lost Joachim Noah who was ejected late in the second quarter for throwing the ball at the ref. The Raptors just missed shots at the end of regulation, and free throws at the end of the overtime period and gave up a game they otherwise deserved to win.  The Raps shot better percentages across the board, outrebounded the Bulls 58-44, and led by as many as 12, but turned the ball over 12 times leading to 23 fast-break points by Chicago.

Raptor Highlight of the Night; James Johnson block leads to huge Ed Davis cram over Boozer

Game 50- vs Magic (L 117-101 / 16-34 / streak L2) Monday March 26, 2012

When the Magic's system is working, it's tough to stop. With Dwight Howard anchoring the middle and drawing double teams the Magic shot 15 three-pointers in the game. Dwight still got his (23 points, 10 rebounds) while Ryan Anderson hit a career-best eight threes, and Jameer Nelson added 18 points. Gary Forbes led the Raptors with 21 points in a starting role, and Linas Kleiza contributed 18 points from the bench.

Raptor Highlight of the Night; Ed Davis breakaway dunk

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