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Anthony Doesn't Miss Second Shot At Sinking Raps Late
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Jay Satur
March 26, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

A tough sequence for the Raptors in the game's final 1:39 opened the door for Carmelo Anthony's 18-foot jumper at the buzzer.

Chauncey Billups tied the game with a corner three-ball after Chris Bosh fumbled a rebound attempt on a missed free throw from Anthony. Bosh then hit one of two free throws after being fouled on the next Toronto possession and the Raptors had a chance to preserve that lead after Anthony's initial miss. But Nene came up with the rebound after a scramble and found Billups, who set up the game-winner.


Carmelo Anthony may have been lucky after some key misses in the final minute, but for the remainder of the game, he was just plain good.

Anthony got the Nuggets off to a strong start on the road, scoring eight of his team-high 25 points in the first quarter. In the fourth he was instrumental in Denver's rally and of course, he didn't waste that second opportunity to knock down the game-winner and end his team's three-game slide.


DeMar DeRozan made the most out of his move to the bench on Friday, constantly driving right at the rim and scoring 15 points on seven-of-eight shooting to lead all Raptors reserves.

"We will evaluate each game and look at it," said Triano of the rookie's new role. "I thought he came off the bench and gave us great energy. He was very solid and made good plays, drove the ball to the basket. Played some of his best basketball."


"We can take the positives. We rebounded extremely well and to outrebound a team by 20, to hold a team to 41 per cent from the field shooting. I thought our defensive schemes were good. It's disappointing but down in the end, their two clutch players made two great shots. Chauncey's three with a hand in his face gives them a chance and then the second look. Carmelo makes a contested two at the buzzer. Their stars made plays... We've got to turn around and bounce back, practice tomorrow and then play a back-to-back, pretty tough."

- Head coach Jay Triano on the game.


Sun., March 28 @ Miami Heat
6:00 PM ET (Raptors NBA TV, FAN590)

The Raptors try to take the positives from Friday's heartbreaker with them on the road, as they enter a crucial back-to-back against two teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference playoff race, beginning with the Heat in Miami. The Heat enter Sunday's contest a full 2.5 games ahead of the Raptors in the standings following an 87-74 win over the fifth-seeded Bucks. A win would not only narrow the gap for the Raptors, but would also give them a 3-1 series win and a tiebreaker in head-to-head play should it be required.

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The Numbers
20-1 The Raptors record when holding opponents to less than 100 points after Friday's loss
3 Consecutive losses for the Raptors at ACC, a first this season
58 Rebounds for Toronto, a season high, versus just 38 for Denver
10 Double-doubles on the season for Andrea Bargnani
33-22 Fast break points favouring the Raptors, who drop to 4-1 when scoring 30+ on the fast break this season
They Said It...
Sonny Weems "It's never good to lose but we have to take the positive things out of this. We played well as a team on the defensive end and we need to carry that over to the last few games that we have; the same mentality we had in the second half."
- Sonny Weems on the loss.
Chris Bosh "They have a really aggressive defense. They play the passing lanes very well and they stepped it up, knocked us back on our heals a little bit, but we sustained the lead and that made a game of it."
- Chris Bosh on the fourth quarter.
Carmelo Anthony "It's just one of those shots and it went in. When I released it I thought that it was kind of long. It didn't feel right coming off. I'll take it."
- Carmelo Anthony on his game-winning buzzer beater.