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Raptors Crank It Up Late To Cut Down Clippers
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Jay Satur
March 31, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

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.


The Raptors outscored the Clippers 66-39 in the second half, but traded leads with LA six times in the third before they found another gear late in the frame.

Trailing 75-74, Toronto proceeded to hold LA to one field goal over the final 2:46 of the third and the first 4:30 of the fourth as part of a 23-4 run. With the win, the Raptors remain two games back of the Bobcats (also winners on Wednesday) for seventh in the East and climb to two games ahead of the idle ninth-place Bulls.


Chris Bosh finished with a game-high 34 points (12-15 FGM-A), 11 boards and three blocks and was at his best in the decisive third-quarter run.

Bosh re-entered the game with 2:46 to play in the third and scored seven straight points to turn a one-point deficit into a six-point advantage, with all of the damage coming either close to the rim or at the line, where he earned four of his game-high 13 free throw tries. Bosh hasn't had that many attempts from the line since he had 15 against the Bucks on Jan. 20.


Sonny Weems scored 17 points by going 8-for-8 from the field, with five rebounds and four assists. He becomes the third Raptor to make at least seven shots in a game without a miss this season (along with Chris Bosh and Jarrett Jack) and fell just one FG shy of tying Bosh and Keon Clark for the franchise mark for most shots made without a miss.

"He works hard everyday in practice and gives us something we don’t have," Jay Triano said of Weems. "He's earned a spot in a rotation and a valuable one for us."


"I think it was probably more in the third [quarter] with the energy we had with the group we had in there. It's amazing how the good energy at the defensive end translates into steals and blocks and when you have more steals and blocks than you do turnovers, you are having a real good game."

- Head coach Jay Triano on putting the Clippers away in the fourth quarter.


Sat., April 3 vs. Philadelphia 76ers
1:00 PM ET (TSN, FAN590)

The Raptors face a second straight sub .500 club when they visit the 76ers at Wachovia Center on Saturday afternoon. Toronto leads the season series 2-1 and dropped the most recent meeting at Air Canada Centre on March 7. The Sixers have been hit hard by injuries of late with Lou Williams (back spasms), Thaddeus Young (right thumb fracture) and Rod Carney (right foot contusion) all sitting out of their loss to the Bobcats on Wednesday. Andre Iguodala played 33 minutes in the loss, but continues to play through plantar fasciitis.

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The Numbers
.610 Field goal percentage for the Raptors in Wednesday's win -- a season-high
21-1 Raptors record this season when holding opponents to under 100 points
66-39 Scoring in the second half favouring the Raptors
24 Points scored off 12 Clippers turnovers. LA scored just 12 points off 12 Toronto giveaways
56-30 Points in the paint favouring Toronto
They Said It...
Sonny Weems "You never get used to that because you can be pulled out pretty fast. I am just glad that I am getting the opportunity to play and show my talent."
- Sonny Weems on being in the starting lineup.
Chris Bosh "We know what we need to do. We started out the game like we didn’t want to. We knew that we had to make adjustments and come out and play the second half correctly."
- Chris Bosh on the Raptors' energy in the second half.
Chris Kaman "I thought that the first half we played hard and we had a little run there. They shot the ball really well tonight. You have to give them credit, they deserved to win."
- Clippers centre Chris Kaman on the game.