Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Pound the Rock Stars of the Night - Toronto Raptors 74, Indiana Pacers 72 - 'It was ugly, but it was a win' Edition

posted by Romy Aquino
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:   RAPTORS 74, PACERS 72    SEASON RECORD: 2W-6L
POUND THE ROCK STAR #1: JOSE CALDERON
LINE:  13 pts (5-10), 2-2 3 pt, 10 ast, 10 reb
It wasn't pretty, but a win's a win. Toronto scored just five points in the final quarter but they managed to grind out an ugly win on the road against the Pacers. Jose Calderon helped lead the Raptors to the win, playing 40 minutes and finishing with the triple double (13 pts/10 ast/10 reb). With tired legs after a triple overtime thriller against the Jazz on Monday night, the Raptors pulled out the much needed win.


POUND THE ROCK STAR #2: JONAS VALANCIUNAS
LINE:  9 pts (4-8), 8 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 22 min
Give him more minutes! Jonas had a great night, putting together a near double double (9 pts, 8 rebounds). The kid just straight out hustles. He only had two fouls on the night but also only got to see 22 minutes of action. Coach Casey show the rook some love, unleash the Jonas!

POUND THE ROCK STAR #3: DEMAR DEROZAN
LINE:  15 pts (5-13), 5-6 FT, 5 reb, 1 blk, 40 min
After logging sixty minutes against the Jazz on Monday night, DeMar logged another fourty minutes against the Pacers on Tuesday. I'm sure his legs were feeling a little heavy against Indiana but he still managed to grind out 15 points and the Raptors win. Now it's time get some much needed rest with these next few days off.

SHOUTOUTS TO THE PACERS:

GEORGE HILL

LINE: 18 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk
He was the Raptor Killer on opening night and he had an opportunity to kill them again on the Pacers final possession. Luckily for the Raptors...neither Hill or any of the Pacers could make any baskets in the closing seconds.

Next up for the Raps: @ BOS (Saturday)

(Photo via Yahoo! Sports)

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