Thursday, February 6, 2014

NUMBERS DON'T LIE - KINGS 109, RAPTORS 101 - The "Screw Job" Edition

posted by Romy Aquino
Wednesday night marked the first game between the Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors since the seven player trade back in December.  Both teams have benefited from the swap, with Rudy Gay becoming a more efficient scorer in Sacramento and the Raptors have steadily moved up the standings in the East.  Wednesday's showdown was the first opportunity for one team to show that they made it out on the better end of the deal.  This night it wasn't Toronto.  The Raptors got down big early, only to go on a massive fourth quarter run that ended in a 109-101 loss in a controversial finish in Sacramento.

Numbers don't lie, check the scoreboard:

1  One terrible call with 25 seconds to play.

1  One post-game quote from Kyle Lowry sums it up.

20  Toronto played from behind for most of the game and dug themselves into a 20-point hole going into the fourth quarter.  It wasn't a pretty start for Toronto, allowing a total of 67 points in the first half.

12  Like the game in Portland, the Raptors made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring Sacramento 29-17 in the final quarter.  Steve Novak was brought in the fourth, scoring all 12 of his points all in the quarter.

25-24-23  Sacrmento had their three big scorers finish in double figures, DeMarcus Cousins (25 pts), former Raptor Rudy Gay (24 pts) and Isaiah Thomas (23 pts)

2-15  Toronto is 2-15 all-time in Sacramento and have lost seven straight.

51-24  Sacramento got a lot of their 109 points at the line.  Looking the free throw numbers, Sacramento got to the line 51 times to Toronto's 24 attempts.

21-8-7  Kyle Lowry continued to impress for Toronto with 21 points (7-16), 8 assists, 7 rebounds, one steal, two blocks...and an ejection.

23  It was a tough loss for the Raptors but it was also Terrence Ross' birthday.  Happy 23rd Birthday, T-Ross!

Pound The Rock Star of the Game: DeMarcus Cousins - 25 points (8-19), 10 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and two blocks

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