Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pound the Rock Stars of the Night - Toronto Raptors 113, Cleveland Cavaliers 99 - The 'Everywhere Man' 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 113, CAVS 99    SEASON RECORD: 7W-19L
POUND THE ROCK STAR #1: ALAN ANDERSON
LINE:  18 pts (6-12), 5-7 3pt, 6 reb, 2 ast
Matt Devlin called Alan Anderson the "Everywhere Man" on Tuesday night because he was doing it all for the Raptors: nailing threes, playing D, grabbing boards, you name it...and it was all off the bench. Anderson, who recently came back from foot injury, nailed five threes (three in teh fourth quarter) in the Raptors 113-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Toronto held the Cavs under 100 points and picked up their third straight victory. That's right....the Raps are on a three-game win streak. You're not dreaming.

POUND THE ROCK STAR #2: JOSE CALDERON
LINE:  23 pts (10-15), 5 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl
Kyle who?  The Raptors are rolling for the first time this season and these three wins are coming without their top guns, Andrea Bargnani and Kyle Lowry.  Jose has been nothing but impressive in his fill-in starts at point guard for the Raptors and it continued on Tuesday as he had a team-high 23 points. 

POUND THE ROCK STAR #3: AMIR JOHNSON
LINE:  17 pts (6-7), 4 ast, 6 reb, 1 stl, 1 blk
Ed Davis was a bit of a no-show in tonight's game in place of Andrea Bargnani....so it was a perfect opportunity for Amir to step up to the plate. Johnson put up 17 points on 6-7 shooting as the Raptors bench got it done. The Raptors bench combined for 59 of the Raptors 113 points.

SHOUTOUTS TO THE CAVS:
KYRIE IRVING
LINE: 23 pts (9-16), 7 ast, 3 stl
Well, it wasn't a 40-point night, but still a solid line for Uncle Drew. The Cavs played a tight game until the fourth quarter where the Raptors outscored them 35-23.  Blame it on Kyrie's new mask.....he needed the Dark Knight one on Tuesday night.

Next up for the Raps: vs Detroit (Wednesday)

(Photo via Yahoo! Sports)

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