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Raptors Hang In With Cavaliers But Fall Short In Overtime
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SCORE RECAP PHOTOS VIDEOS
FINAL SCORE
Blazers 126 118 Raptors
Matthew Iaboni
February 26, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
IT WAS OVER WHEN...

The Raptors and Cavaliers both had chances to win the game late in regulation but neither Hedo Turkoglu or Anthony Parker's shots came close to going in.

To start the overtime, the Cavaliers Mo Williams and Anthony Parker killed the Raptors. Williams hit back-to-back three pointers on the first two Cavs possessions and Parker's three a few minutes later sealed it for the Cavaliers.

THE GAME CHANGER

LeBron James as is the case on most nights was the best player on the floor all game long. LeBron had 36 points, nine assists and six rebounds. He had the last seven Cavaliers post in the fourth including the tying layup with 17 seconds left.

With the Raptors showing LeBron so much attention, he was able to find wide open teammates throught the game. He also got to the line 16 times where he made 15 of his free throw attempts.

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

It was quite the perfromance from Reggie Evans. The Raptors big-man isn't known for his offensive game but he had 13 points in the first half as he was 4-8 from the field on the night.

Evans known for his toughness and rebouding only had five boards but he took a charge, and was causing all kinds of headaches for the Cavaliers.

Jay Triano on Evans. "Reggie was good, he went in and battled. He does a great job of fighting and getting extra possessions for us."

THAT'S A RAP

"It was a play that we had run early in the game and we had a pretty good look at it and we thought we could do that again. It was very similar to the play they had with LeBron (James) where you turn the corner and have an open side. I guess Turk (Hedo Turkoglu) didn't feel like he could get there all the way to the basket, so he settled for the jump shot, which he is equally efficient shooting the ball as he is taking it to the basket."

- Jay Triano on the last possession in regulation.

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Sun., Feb. 28 @ Oklahoma City Thunder
7:00 PM ET (CBC, FAN 590)

GAME NOTES:
The Raptors play the first of a back-to-back when they face Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant is one of the top players in the NBA and heading into Friday night's action, he is second in the NBA in scoring just behind LeBron James. Durant isn't the only young stud on the Thunder, they also have Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green and James Harden. This is the first meeting of the season as the Thunder return to the ACC on March 19th.

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The Numbers
Dec. 1 The last time the Raptors lost consecutive home games.
93 Toronto made a season-high 93 field goal attempts
42 Bench points for the Raptors compared to 25 for the Cavs.
3 Cavaliers who scored over 20 points on the night
.125 The Raptors shot only one-of-eight from the field in overtime
They Said It...
Hedo Turkoglu "I was going to come and look for the corner, but I didn't see a good path. I felt good with the one I made before, so I was feeling good and I wanted to take it, but in that situation I could have taken a better shot instead of taking that three."
- Hedo Turkoglu on what he saw on the last play in regulation.
Mike Brown "Well, coming off a back-to-back, I thought we had some heavy legs but the focus was there. We didn't want them to get off to a good start because they are a team that are really tough to play against if you allow them to get off to a good start."
- Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown
Jarrett Jack "I was just playing within the game. The coach had shown me some game film of stuff that I could correct. I am not going to say that wasn't part of it. I thought it would be beneficial for the team, but it still didn't get us the win."
- Reggie Evans on his play offensively with Chris Bosh out