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Raptors Boost Playoff Hopes With Big Road Win
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SCORE RECAP PHOTOS VIDEOS
FINAL SCORE
RAPTORS 103 101 HEAT
Jay Satur
March 29, 2010
Time Warner Cable Arena
Charlotte, NC

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." -->

IT WAS OVER WHEN...

The Raptors opened the fourth on a 7-0 run to take a 79-78 lead. Nine lead changes would ensue, but Hedo Turkoglu -- in his first game as a reserve for the Raptors -- drilled a big three-pointer to put them ahead for good 95-93. Toronto nearly wilted in the final 1:18, but Charlotte failed to capitalize with Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace missing jumpers. After Sonny Weems missed two free throws to seal it, the Bobcats had one final chance down two in the dying seconds. But the Raptors defended well and forced a pass out of bounds from Raymond Felton resulting in a turnover and a Raptors win.

THE GAME CHANGER

Jarrett Jack may not have had a big start, but his fingerprints were all over the eventual rally with all 12 of his points coming in the fourth quarter.

Jack cued the comeback by starting the quarter with five straight points and added seven free throws on eight attempts the rest of the way to keep the Raptors ahead. Jack has really ramped up his game of late as he fights for his first trip to the playoffs and on Monday, he was a huge reason the Raptors were able to stay afloat in the fourth.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Monday's win was big with regards to the post-season for the Raptors, who end a three-game slide and move a full game ahead of idle Chicago. Toronto enters Tuesday two full games behind Charlotte for seventh in the Eastern Conference and now holds the tiebreaker over Charlotte in head-to-head play, just as they do with Chicago.

A loss could have meant waking up in ninth place on Wednesday. Instead, the Raptors have the opportunity for one last push up the standings with six of their final nine games coming against teams with losing records.

THAT'S A RAP

"This is a big win because this is a team that we are chasing and it gives us the tiebreaker with them. I feel good for our players. We are on a back-to-back against a team that has had a few days rest. Our guys found a way."

- Head coach Jay Triano on the significance of Monday's win.

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Wed., March 31 vs. LA Clippers
7:00 PM ET (TSN2, FAN590)

GAME NOTES:
The Raptors open a three-game stretch against sub-.500 teams beginning with the Clippers (27-46) at ACC on Wednesday. Los Angeles will be without guard Baron Davis, who is not with the team on its current three-game trip due to back spasms. The Raptors erased a 22-point first-half deficit against the Clippers on November 14 on their way to a 104-89 win at Staples Center. Los Angeles will also be playing on the second night of a back-to-back after facing the Bucks on Tuesday.

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The Numbers
3 Players hit with technical fouls Monday (Bargnani, Weems and Jackson)
11 Turnovers for Toronto, their lowest total since March 17 vs. Atlanta
6 Players scoring in double-figures for Toronto
17 Lead changes in Monday's game
14 Number of games since the Bobcats last allowed an opponent to score over 100 points
They Said It...
Jarrett Jack "Last time we were here, we were embarrassed. Especially after last night, we needed this kind of game. We are getting close to the playoffs and Chicago is right on our tail right now."
- Hedo Turkoglu on the win.
Chris Bosh "Down the stretch of the season, you are going to have to be mentally tough, especially on the road. That is the hardest place to win basketball games -- on the road."
- Chris Bosh on winning away from ACC.
Larry Brown "We were lucky to even have a chance at the end. They made every big shot, executed great down the stretch and got some unbelievable hustle plays."
- Bobcats head coach Larry Brown on his team's loss.