After a poor first quarter, the Raps came out and adjusted their defense for the last three quarters to beat the LA Clippers 104-89. If you checked out the boxscore, the Raptors gave up 34 points in the first quarter to the Clips but then improved their D, and held them to 20 pts in the second, 20 pts in the third quarter and then stepped it up holding the Clips to 15 in the fourth.
The first quarter was ugly as the Raptors got outhustled on the boards 14-4 and the Clippers managed to hold Chris Bosh without a field goal in the first. But that didn't last long. Chris Bosh woke up and put together 21 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists as the Clippers crumbled for the next three quarters.
The Clippers looked like they were the ones adjusting to the time change as they could not get their offense going on the second half, especially in the fourth quarter. Chris Kaman led the Clippers with 25 pts and 7 rebounds but also got in the 4th quarter funk only going 1 for 4.
The Italian duo of Bargnani and Belinelli were knocking down shots in the second half, helping the Raps pull away from the Clippers. Bargnani/Belinelli combined for 34 points and 6 threes. Overall, the Raptors continued to put out a great defensive effort holding opponents to 89 points for the second straight game.
- The Raps went 9 for 20 from three pt. land
- Raptors overcame a 22-pt Clipper lead (matching the Raptors' franchise record)
- Clippers turned it over 17 times to the Raptors' 10
- Marco Belinelli looked great in the second half, Rocky finished with 15 pts and three triples
- Great second half for the Raps: outscoring the Clips 59-35
- Baron Davis had 17 points but shot it terribly going 6 for 16
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