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Postgame report: From the Raptors locker room

Raptors Coach Dwane Casey
On the lack of strong finishes in the halves
“For whatever reason we are losing leads with our second unit, what it’s doing is putting a lot of pressure on our starters and putting them in big minute situations. I think they just have to get their rhythm back. Taking Patrick Patterson off the second unit hurts them a bit, but still we have to get a rhythm with that second unit so we can rest our starters.”

On Kyle Lowry in the fourth quarter and his two offensive rebounds
“Those were huge, huge offensive rebounds. Here’s a guy who played 39 minutes, DeMar (DeRozan) is playing 40 minutes, over the long haul that’s just way too many minutes. We need other people to step up so we are not losing those leads and closing out quarters. He (Kyle Lowry) had some huge rebounds for us in that situation, defensively he had some good reads. We had a bugaboo at the end, we have a set situation to call time out after they score and we didn’t get that done. We had some mistakes down the stretch but we’ll take the ‘W’. Again the big thing was we brought out our physicality in those stretches and that’s what we need to have. We can't get in a running game and a non-defensive game to win in this league.”

On Tyler Hansborough coming in for Jonas Valanciunas after his fifth foul
“Those minutes were huge, I said Tyler and Patrick (Patterson) both carried us tonight, I thought they were huge in their minutes. Tyler came in and was a pro; rebounded, had six rebounds and 12 points. Again he brings physicality to the game that we need, get to the free throw line. But again, he and Pat both, Pat was able to stretch the defence and give us some offensive punch. But again I think it does take away from our second unit with Patrick in there.”

Raptors forward Patrick Patterson
On starting tonight
“I started in Houston so it’s nothing new; it’s all about making sure I have a positive role and knowing my role on the team. Making sure I’m getting playing time and making sure I am a significant part of the team’s success. Whether I am starting, or I’m playing it’s all about knowing my role on the team.”

Does it change your mental preparation at all knowing you’re going to be in the starting five?
“No, it’s the same thing. My role doesn’t change whether it’s starting, or whether I’m coming off the bench. Setting screens, rebounding, shooting my shot, running the floor in transition and making my teammates better. Whether I’m starting or coming off the bench it’s the same thing.”

When guarding an athletic big like Anthony Davis, what do you do to try and keep him off his game?
“Make him shoot, get a great contest and be physical with him. Try to limit his touches around the paint, because he uses his length and his size to the best of his abilities, and just try to make him as uncomfortable out there as possible. He thrives off of transition, he thrives off of alley-oops, so you try to take that away from him as much as possible.”

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry
On the game tonight
“We won, everybody stepped up. Tyler (Hansborough) and DeMar (DeRozan) had a good game. Everybody played a part in tonight’s win, and that’s what a team does.”

Do you think you proved something tonight?
“Playing against a Monty Williams coached team; you know they are never going to give up. That’s a testament to a great coach. They are always going to play hard, and for us we have to try and find a way to keep the pressure up for 48 minutes. We always say it, but it’s tough to do.”