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Bryant Tends To Unfinished Business Against Raptors
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Toronto 107 109 Lakers
Asif Hossain
March 9, 2010
Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA

The Raptors tied up the game at 107 when Chris Bosh hit a three with less than 10 seconds remaining. But that left plenty of time for Kobe Bryant to nail the winner with 1.9 seconds to go.

The Lakers guard did what he failed to at ACC back on Jan. 24, when his last second missed shot handed the Raptors a 106-105 win. He made no such mistake on this occasion, hitting a fadeaway jumper from the baseline under heavy coverage to seal LA's 109-107 victory.


These things get a bit redundant when great players like Bryant are involved, but his heroic sixth game-winning shot only tells part of the story on a big night for the four-time NBA Champion.

Bryant scored a game-high 32 points, but saved 14 of those for the fourth quarter when his team needed him to become the game changer. Until then, the Raptors held on to leads for long stretches. While Bryant enjoyed some favourable calls down the stretch, there is no denying his 55% output from the field to go along with six assists and rebounds.


Jarrett Jack had an excellent night for the Raptors, including a dominating third quarter where he scored 13 of his 18 points.

Jack was rested in the final moments of the third and the beginning of the fourth quarter to keep him fresh toward the end of the game, but the Lakers had risen off the mat by the time he returned. Jack added seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.


“We knew it was going to be an isolation. He doesn't like to have screen rolls because it brings somebody else there. We ran at him anyway. He saw the trap coming. Escaped away from it. Tough shot.”

- Jay Triano on Kobe Bryant's winning shot.


Tues., March 10 vs. Sacramento Kings
10PM ET (The Score, FAN 590)

The Raptors failed to get a season sweep of the Lakers, but they could get one against the Sacramento Kings, having defeated them 115-104 back on February 7 at ACC. The Kings have a NBA fourth worst record of 21-43, have lost three straight games, including dropping a 88-81 decision away to the Blazers in Portland on the same night the Raptors lost to the Lakers.

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The Numbers
66.7% Raptors 2nd Quarter shooting percentage as they headed into halftime with a 58-50 lead.
11 Number of lead changes in the game as it went down to the wire.
69 Number of points Chris Bosh needs to become the first Raptor to hit the 10,000 NBA points mark.
4+4 Hedo Turkoglu and Amir Johnson counted for eight of the Raptors' 13 turnovers.
44-38 Lakers held a six point advantage in the Paint.
They Said It...
Chris Bosh "They're the defending champs for a reason and everything. It's always tough bouncing back (from injury), but I just wanted to get a feel, and I didn't want to force anything."
- Chris Bosh on Lakers comeback and regaining his own form.
Jose Calderon "It was a tough play, because it was a two-point game. What was he going to do, though?"
- Raptors Jose Calderon on fan interference by Fiat heir Lapo Elkann at courtside with 1:48 left, that caused the Raptors to lose possession.
Kobe Bryant "That's my responsibility here, to close things out. The same shot in Orlando, and I missed it."
- Lakers Kobe Bryant on the winning shot and a miss two days earlier from a similar angle.