POUND THE ROCK STARS - On a nightly basis, no matter how good or bad the Raps play, no matter if they blow out a team or if they get blown out and no matter if they win or lose, these are the Raptors with the best 'Pound the Rock' status for the night.
FINAL SCORE: RAPS 99, SUNS 96 SEASON RECORD: 5W-13L
POUND THE ROCK STAR #1: ANDREA BARGNANI
LINE: 36 pts (10-21, 4-6 3pt, 12-12 ft), 6 rebs, 2 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk
Bargnani's return energized both the Raptors' offense and defense. He hit 4-5 3's in the third quarter, where the Raptors seized control of the game.
POUND THE ROCK STAR #2: LEANDRO BARBOSA
LINE: 19 pts (7-14, 3-3 3pt), 2 ast, 1 stl, 1blk
Barbosa burned his former team, helping the Raps recover from another slow first quarter, hitting three 3-pointers to keep Toronto close in the 2nd.
POUND THE ROCK STAR #3: JAMES JOHNSON
LINE: 18 pts (7-12), 10 rebs, 1 stl
Big double-double for Johnson... That's James, not Amir. Solid D and the boards are expected, but the scoring boost he's been providing is definitely a pleasant surprise.
SHOUTOUTS TO THE SUNS:
LINE: 17 pts (8-14), 14 ast, 7 rebs
Solid line in a loss... At home... To a team with an 8-game losing streak. 3-words: FREE STEVE NASH
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