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Raptors Mauled By Grizzlies
Raptors 107 115 Grizzlies
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Jason Satur
October 30, 2009
Memphis, TN

Pretty tempting to look at the Raptors surrendering their 88-80 lead in the fourth, but the Raptors still had a chance to win at that point.

The real difference was OJ Mayo's dagger 3-pointer with 2:43 to play. That pushed the Memphis advantage to 103-98 and the Raptors simply couldn't string a run together from that point.


Honourable mention to Zach Randolph for putting up 30 points in a win, but it was the man he was charged with guarding for most of the night that was truly great.

Chris Bosh was the best player on either team in this one, dropping 37 points, with 25 of those coming in the first half. He added 12 rebounds - four of those coming on the offensive end. This game might have gotten away from the Raptors much sooner had it not been for the efforts of CB4.


Rasho Nesterovic may not have been on the floor very long, but he was very effective in the second half.

The big man scored eight points, six rebounds and added two blocks in just 8:20. Amir Johnson was the only player on the active roster who saw fewer minutes on Friday. But the majority of his damage came at the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters, as Rasho helped give the Raptors their biggest lead of the game.


The Grizzlies torched the Raptors for 39 points in the fourth quarter, a number the Western Conference team didn't reach once in any quarter last season. Offensive rebounding was a big reason why on Friday, as Memphis hauled in half of their 18 offensive rebounds in the final frame.


"Second chance points and points in the paint are the two things that hurt us the most. O.J. (Mayo) doesnt hit many shots throughout the game, but he hits a couple of big ones late. The whole game they just wore us out inside and they had more energy. It was a very hungry basketball team." - Jay Triano


Sunday Nov. 1 @ Memphis
1:00 PM ET (CBC, FAN 590)

The Raptors can't dwell on this one for very long because the Orlando Magic are suddenly invading ACC on Sunday. Hedo Turkoglu faces the squad he helped lift to the NBA Finals last season, but Vince Carter might be questionable to face his former team. The swingman sprained his left ankle in Orlando's 95-85 win over New Jersey on Friday, but was optimistic after X-rays came back negative. ``Hopefully, I'll be back Sunday (when the Magic play the Raptors in Toronto)... I'm feeling better now that I am walking on it.'' Tip-off is 1 p.m. (CBC, FAN 590). Pregame coverage begins with Gate 5 Live at noon on Raptors NBA TV. Get Tickets
By The Numbers
52 The number of points each team scored in the paint.
15 The number of losses the Raptors have in 28 games all-time against the Grizzlies franchise.
6 The number of Grizzlies that reached double figures in points on Friday.
8, 7 Unanswered runs used by the Grizzlies in Friday's 4th quarter.
6 Number of Raptors fast break points.
13 The number of lead changes on Friday. The game was tied 16 times.
They Said It...
Chris Bosh "We have to understand that if we want to be a good team, we have to play as a team no matter what happens. We have to play good defence and I think we could be more aggressive going to the basket." - Chris Bosh
Jarrett Jack "Obviously we're on the road and they've got the crowd on their side. We need to create our own energy and we just weren't able to do that for 48 minutes." - Jarrett Jack
Hedo Turkoglu "All around it wasn't a really game for us. All we have to do is learn from this. Get together tomorrow and talk about it and bounce back strong next game." - Hedo Turkoglu
Fantasy Alert
29.0 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 3.0 APG

Notes: CB4 posts his second double-double in as many games with 37 points (13-27 from the floor) and 12 rebounds. He also added four assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer for good measure.
3.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 3.0 APG

Notes: Mike Conley had a bounce back game after a slow start in his team's opener against Detroit. The third-year guard approached triple-double territory with 10 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.