Last night marked the return of a few familiar faces, former Raptors coach, Sam Mitchell, former Raptor, Kris Humphries, but it also marked the return of a few starters in Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani. After a brutal loss against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, Jay Triano got a few early Christmas gifts with the return of his starting point guard Jose Calderon and leading scorer, Andrea Bargnani, who had 32 points and 9 boards including this "THUNDEROUS SLAM....OH MY!":
The Raps outlasted the Nets in the final quarter, going on a late run. Leandro Barbosa iced the game with a three ball with just 15 seconds to play. Jose Calderon had a double double in his return with 15 points and 14 assists. Linas Kleiza started in place of Sonny Weems and also had a double double with his 18 points and 12 boards.
For New Jersey, Brook Lopez led the Nets with 20 points. Former Raptor, Kris Humphries had 12 points and 12 boards.
- The #3 pick of the 2010 draft, Derrick Favors, had 8 points and 4 boards
- Raps outrebounded the Nets 43-39
- Kleiza's 12 boards were a career high
- Ed Davis Watch: 0 pts, 6 boards
- Jerryd Bayless had a quiet night with 2 pts and 2 boards
- Young Onez Watch: Amir 6 pts, 6 fouls in 21 minutes, DeMar 14 pts, Sonny - DNP
- Next up, the Raps take on Kobe Bryant and the Lakeshow on Sunday afternoon.