Saturday, January 9, 2010


It was an ugly start, but the Raptors and Chris Bosh redeemed themselves in second half.  The Raps rallied from eleven points down at halftime to defeat the Sixers 108-106.  Chris Bosh sealed the game with a three point play with 8 seconds left in the fourth.

It was a sloppy game from the start with poor shooting and careless turnovers from both the Raptors and Sixers.  At the half, the Sixers had built an eleven-point lead with Iverson scoring 12 points in the first quarter.  But these Sixers, who have been known to blow leads, did it again last night blowing their thirteen point lead.  The Raptors closed out the Sixers in the second half, outscoring the Philly 59-46.

What a difference in Andrea Bargnani lately, eh?  Bargs continued his strong, aggressive play and finished with 23 points, 6 rebounds, 3 swats and a technical! Yep, Bargs has shown a lot more confidence on the floor and it has translated into his game.  Chris Bosh led the way for the Raps with 29 pts, 9 rebounds and 6 assists that included with the nice continuation basket to help seal the victory.

The Sixers were led by Louis Williams who had 23 pts and Andre Iguodala finished just short of a triple double with 17 pts, 11 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals.  Allen Iverson got the start for the Sixers and finished with 22 pts.

Key Notes:
  • Raps shot 51% from the field
  • Sixers outrebounded the Raptors 43-36
  • The Raps have a winning record! 19W-18L and have won eight out of their last nine games
  • The Sixers' starting five all finished in double figures
  • Former Raptor, Jason Kapono, did not get any playing time for the Sixers
  • Canadian Watch: Samuel Dalembert finished with 10 pts, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks
  • For a Sixers perspective, check out Liberty Ballers
  • DeRozan Watch: 24 minutes, 12 pts, 6 rebounds, 4-4 from the FT line
Next up, the Raps face off against the Celtics on Sunday...
Photo credit: (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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