Game Rap - Raptors vs. Warriors

Rough Shooting Night Results In Costly Defeat At ACC

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Jay Satur

April 3, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

Sonny Weems may not have seen the floor much in the fourth quarter or overtime, but the Raptors probably didn't have a shot at victory without him. In his 12th start of the season, Weems scored 18 points on nine-for-11 shooting from the floor with five boards and two assists.

He jumped out to a quick start with six first-quarter points, but scored 10 in the first 8:10 of the third to push Toronto ahead by 15. Weems has now shot 50% or better in five straight games, averaging 12.2 points per game in that span.


The Raptors nearly wiped out a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but emerged from a lengthy free throw shooting contest down 113-112 after two at the line from Chris Bosh with 2.9 seconds to play.

Sonny Weems then made an incredible play to steal the ensuing inbounds pass from Ronny Turiaf and flip it blindly back under the basket. Bosh recovered it and immediately went at the rim from a few feet out but Turiaf challenged it just enough and it caromed off the rim just before time expired.


Bosh was brilliant in a losing effort, but Stephen Curry (29 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds, three steals, two blocks) did a little bit of everything to help the Warriors hang on.

The rookie guard didn't have a strong start shooting the ball, but he helped set up teammates in the first half with eight assists and brought solid defence. He regained his shooting stroke in the second half to lead key runs in the third and early in the fourth before hitting the game winning points at the line late.


At first glance, the Raptors fared well in some key categories. They held advantages scoring in the paint (48-24) and on the fast break (25-12), dominated the glass (55-40) and made 19 more free throws on 20 more attempts.

But Toronto shot just 39.1per cent on the evening versus 48 per cent for Golden State. Three-point shooting was the other key factor as the Warriors connected 13 times from long range compared to just three times for the Raptors.


"We couldn’t make shots. I think we’ve been shooting the ball very well, I think we’ve been over 50 per cent but when we shoot 40 per cent, that’s not us. I thought we had good looks, we just didn’t make shots tonight and they did. You take Chris out and I don’t know what our percentage is, but it’s not very good."

- Head coach Jay Triano on the performance offensively.


Tues., April 6 @ Cleveland Cavaliers
7:00 PM ET (TSN, FAN590)


The Raptors move on to the start of a tough four-game stretch in Cleveland on Tuesday, where they get a potential first-round playoff preview against the Cavaliers. Despite their loss to the Celtics in Boston on Sunday, the Cavs clinched homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs following the Lakers' loss to the Spurs. LeBron James had a monster game in the loss, scoring 42 points (20 alone in the fourth quarter), seven rebounds and nine assists. Cleveland leads the season series 2-1.

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They Said It...

Antoine Wright

"What a game to tie the record, unbelievable. That is about everything you would want from good to bad, to playing great, to wetting the bed, and we did about all of that."
- Warriors head coach Don Nelson on tying the all-time wins mark.

Chris Bosh

"Most of the mid-range and three point shots we were taking, that we were normally hitting for the past week, we were missing them. We missed shots and they made a lot of shots. We were still in the game and I think defensively we could have made a better effort."
- Chris Boshon the loss.

Chris Bosh

"The only people that have really been in this situation is Turk (Hedo Turkoglu), Antoine (Wright), Rasho (Nesterovic) and Chris (Bosh) for the most part. The rest of us, we are learning as we go along so these are the things that we have to pick up and add to the mentality of this ball club."
- Jarrett Jack on learning on the fly this season.