Tuesday, February 7, 2012

POUND THE ROCK STARS OF THE NIGHT - WIZARDS 111, RAPS 108 (OT)

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: WIZ 111, RAPS 108 (OT)    SEASON RECORD: 8W-18L

POUND THE ROCK STAR #1: JERRYD BAYLESS
LINE:  30 pts, 6-10 3pt, 3 rebs, 3 ast, 2 stl
Just when you thought the jam was done last night...  Jerryd Bayless put the team on his back, got his team out of the hole and nailed shots.  Bayless was on fire from three-pt range, scoring 16 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Raps came back from an 18-pt deficit.  A gutsy performance from the young guard, putting up a season-high 30 pts.


POUND THE ROCK STAR #2: LINAS KLEIZA
LINE:  30 pts (11-16), 4-8 3pt, 5 reb, 2 stl
It was really the Bayless-Kleiza show last night, as the duo combined for 60 points and nailed 10 triples for the Raps, as they led the comeback in the final quarter.  Kleiza silenced the crowd when he nailed the three with just a minute to play to give the Raps the 101-100 lead.  Sure, the Raps didn't pull out the win in the end, but this fourth quarter performance was definitely a positive to take away from this game.

POUND THE ROCK STAR #3: AMIR JOHNSON
LINE:  6 pts, 10 reb
Not the greatest line from Amir, but he had one of the key plays of the fourth quarter when he finished the follow up jam after a Bayless miss, to tie the game up at 105 that sent the game to OT.

SHOUTOUTS TO THE WIZ:

TREVOR BOOKER
LINE: 19 pts (7-10), 4 reb, 3 stl, 3 blk
Great line....but he gets props for this left-handed slam....oohhhweee!



Next up for the Raps:
 vs MIL


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