Game Rap - Raptors vs. Wizards

Late Surge Lifts Raptors Over Wizards At ACC

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Jay Satur

February 20, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON


With the Raptors trailing by nine with six minutes to play, they came out of a timeout and rattled off an astounding 18-4 run to earn the comeback win against the rebuilt and scrappy Wizards.

The defence, in particular, was incredibly strong down the stretch thanks to some key defensive adjustments by Jay Triano and his staff (more on those below) and excellent execution by a smaller Raptors lineup.


Several Raptors factored into the fourth-quarter comeback, but it was Jarrett Jack who sparked the decisive run with nine straight Toronto points.

Jack tallied 11 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth and went a perfect six-for-six at the foul line. He added eight assists, including a beautiful no-look feed to in transition to Antoine Wright, along with four rebounds.


Meet Andrea Bargnani:lane intimidator. The big man's blocking ability is nothing new, but he was absolutely locked in late with three timely swats that translated to Raptors points on each ensuing trip the other way.

"When you watch the games that we have played well in on this stretch, he always got his hand on a couple and he saves it until the end," said Jay Triano post-game. "He is very attentive to where the ball is late in games."


"We went small and every timeout we tried to give them a different look. We finally hit them with the trap which we had been waiting and sitting on and finally hit them with switches which we had been sitting and waiting on. I think in the last 5:55 they only scored four points. Andrea (Bargnani) was huge; he had three blocked shots in that time. He was there to help on drives. I thought we played with a lot of aggression and that our defence was excellent down the stretch."

- Jay Triano on his team's defence late in the fourth quarter.


Wed., Feb. 24 vs. Portland
7:00 PM ET (theScore, FAN 590)


The competition begins to ramp up a little this week, beginning with the Trail Blazers' only appearance of the season at ACC. Portland has persevered through a rash of injuries, including the loss of centres Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla for the season, and continue to cling to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. It's that playoff potential that triggered the move for former Raptor Marcus Camby at the trade deadline. The Raptors have struggled to an 8-16 record all-time against the Blazers, with matching 4-8 records both in Toronto and at Portland.

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The Numbers


The Raptors record all-time on Saturdays at ACC


Number of consecutive games the Raptors have scored more than 100 points


Number of field goal attempts by the Wizards, versus 73 for the Raptors


Number of double-digit comebacks for the Raptors this season


Free throw shooting for the Raptors versus 12-18 shooting from the line for the Wizards
They Said It...

Jarrett Jack

"I think we just know how desperately we need to win these games going down the stretch, making the final push to the end of the season, especially the ones at home because they are very crucial and very vital to how we play out the rest of the season."
- Jarrett Jack on getting the win.

Flip Saunders

"We had opportunities, we played hard and put ourselves in position but couldn't make that big shot to withstand their momentum. To their credit they made plays, got to the free throw line and made up some points at the line."
- Wizards head coach Flip Saunders on the loss

Hedo Turkgolu

"I was trying to drive the basket. He just stuck out his knee and I bumped it. I couldn't leave the game or my team. I just wanted to be out there and to try and do the best I could."
- Hedo Turkoglu on how he hurt his knee