Saturday, February 20, 2010

30 W's for the Raps, 50 L's for the Nets - RAPTORS 106, NETS 89

RAPS 106, NETS 89
Last night, Toronto notched their 30th win of the season while New Jersey notched their 50th defeat of the season.  Ouch.

CB4 was out of last night's lineup with the ankle injury but Toronto still managed to fend off the lowly New Jersey Nets 106-89.  Sure it was the 5-49 New Jersey Nets but it was a game that Toronto needed to take especially after their heartbreaking loss to Memphis on Wednesday.  Rasho Nesterovic got the call to the starting five and started in place of Bosh and he didn't disappoint.  Rasho Neterovic finished with 16 pts, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and was one of seven Raps to score in double figures.

Toronto maintained control for most of the game until late in the third when Devin Harris scored a layup that got the Nets within six.  But Toronto capped off the Nets in the fourth, holding them to just 18 points in the final quarter.  The Jarret Jack-Jose Calderon combo continues to impress as Jack finished with 18 pts/10 assists and Calderon finished with 16 pts/3 dimes.

For the Nets, Brook Lopez led NJ with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Devin Harris finished with the double double with 19 pts and 11 assists.

Key Notes:
  • Toronto outrebounded the Nets 40-33
  • Raps are now 18-0 when holding opponents to under 100 pts
  • Points in the Paint:  Even without Bosh, Toronto still worked it down low getting 44 points in the paint to the Nets' 36
  • Great shooting night for the Raps, shooting 59.7% from the field while NJ just shot 41%
  • Former Raps Watch:  Kris Humphries - 3 pts, 2 blocks
  • For a Nets perspective, check out Nets Are Scorching
  • DeRozan Watch:  23 minutes, 14 pts, 6 rebounds and 2 steals
The Raps take on the Washington Wizards on Saturday night...

Photo credit: (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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