Saturday, December 5, 2009

Jurassic Five - RAPS 109, WIZ 107 (OT)

RAPS 109, WIZ 107 (OT)
The Raptors just got dragged through the media the past couple of days after their five game losing streak;  blame this person, blame that person, blame it on Triano, blame it on the schedule, blame it on the players, blame it on Colangelo, gotta blame it on somethin', gotta blame it on somethin'.....

Blame it on the rain, yeah......I digress.

What a difference a media frenzy and an ass whoopin can do to a team.  The Raptors looked completely energized last night after being criticized left, right and center, for their ugly play as of late.  So did the Raptors respond?  The Raps were actually making an effort on the floor last night both offensively and defensively.  Bosh led by example and was just a beast out there.  CB finished with 31 pts (13-25), 16 boards and two blocks and hustled on every play grabbing offensive boards when he could.

All the offense ran through the starting five as all five starters scored 98 of the Raptors 109 points.  Hedo Turkoglu who has been unimpressive this season was clutch last night, nailing the game winner with 8.1 to play.  Defensively, the Raps were also on point, as they held the Wizards to 36.8% shooting.

For the Wizards, Agent Zero kept the Wizards in this game.  Arenas hit the basket to force overtime, he also hit a clutch basket to tie the game in OT but couldn't put away the tying basket in the closing seconds of overtime.  Arenas had 34 pts for the night.

Key Notes:
  • All five Raptors starters were in double figures with Bosh leading the way with 31 pts
  • The Raps bench scored a combined 11 points
  • Raptor turnovers were an issue, 17 of them to the Wizards' 9
  • Earl Boykins had an impressive 14 pts off of the bench for the Wizards
  • For a Wizards perspective, check out
  • DeRozan Watch: 27 minutes, 16 pts, 4-5 from the FT line, 2 rebounds and these nice dunks in the first half:

Next up:  Raps take on the Chicago Bulls tonight

Photo credit: (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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