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Bosh Leads The Way In Big Home Win Over Bulls
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FINAL SCORE
Raptors 89 99 Spurs
Jay Satur
November 9, 2009
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
IT WAS OVER WHEN...

It wasn't over at this particular point, but DeMar DeRozan really seemed to spark the Raptors with six minutes to play in the third quarter. His electrifying one-handed throwdown revived the ACC faithful who had little reason to cheer after seeing a tired Bulls team that has struggled offensively put up 60 points in the first half.

More importantly, DeRozan's teammates rallied behind the highlight reel play, outscoring the Bulls 14-8 the rest of the way in the third and putting them in a position to pull away with a late big run in the fourth.

THE GAME CHANGER

Chris Bosh once again looked like a man on a mission at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday with an all-around terrific game. By quarter, Bosh scored six, eight, six and eight points keeping the Raptors afloat early and he was a big contributor late. He continued to make free throws a part of his arsenal by going 10-10 from the stripe on Wednesday.

Factor in another solid night on the glass with 11 rebounds (four on them offensive) for his sixth double-double of the season and he was -- once again -- the best player on the floor.

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

DeMar DeRozan's highlight reel play was previously mentioned, but that was just a snapshot of the rook's finest game of this young season. He got off to a good start with a three-pointer and a driving layup early in the first, but his biggest impact was in the third quarter.

DeRozan led all players with seven rebounds in the third frame and added four more points to finish with nine and nine -- both career-high totals for a single game.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

The Bulls were poised to steal a victory on the road until a rough final stretch that saw them outscored 14-1. The Bulls held an 88-85 lead with 6:24 to play, but wouldn't hit another field goal the rest of the way -- adding only a Kirk Hinrich free throw in the game's dying seconds.

Hard to give all the credit to the Raptors defence, which did look substantially better in the second half. But the Bulls, who were coming off an tough defeat the night before, did themselves no favours by turning the ball over and missing several open looks down the stretch.

THAT'S A RAP

"We switched our coverage a little bit; not drastically. We just did a much better job of keeping guys in front and forcing them to take tough shots. I think they wore down a little bit too. Shots they were making earlier they started missing. Whether it was the result of a back-to-back or Jose (Calderon) and Jarrett (Jack) doing a nice job of picking up full court and making them work to get the ball up the court. They just seemed to run out of juice." - Jay Triano

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Friday Oct. 13 vs. LA Clippers
10:30 PM ET (TSN2, FAN 590)

GAME NOTES:
The Raps hit the road once again as they kick-off a tough four-game road trip, beginning with the improving Clippers at Staples Center. Last season the Raptors swept the season series and have won three games in a row against the Clippers at the Staples Center. First overall pick Blake Griffin will be out of the lineup for Los Angeles as he continues to recover from a stress fracture of his left patella.
By The Numbers
4 Number of consecutive wins for the Raptors over the Bulls.
14-0 Second-chance points favouring the Bulls in the 1st half.
14-4 Second-chance points favouring the Raptors in the 2nd half.
5 Number of games Chris Bosh has hit 10 or more free throws this season.
18/44 Field goals made and attempted by the Raps in each half of Wednesday's game.
They Said It...
Chris Bosh "Before, I dont think we were really aggressive. We werent aggressive in our coverages, we werent aggressive in getting back, we werent aggressive in talking and rebounding and they put some points on the board. Once we started putting effort into it, we played good defense and we got stops. - - Chris Bosh
Derrick Rose "There wasnt any room to drive. They made it real clear that they wanted us shooting jump shots so they were really forcing us and baiting us to come and drive." - Derrick Rose
DeMar DeRozan "You have got to do more than just dunk and stuff like that. You have got to know how to defend, hustle plays and thats what I am trying to do." - DeMar DeRozan
Fantasy Alert
SEASON STATS
11.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 6.4 APG

Notes: Jose Calderon continued his recent strong play vs. the Bulls. His 18 points bumps his average in his last four games to 15 ppg. He added six assists against the Bulls, and has averaged 7.5 over his last four. He was also remarkably efficient Wednesday, going 8/10 from the floor. back to last season.
SEASON STATS
11.4 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 2.1 APG

Notes: Joakim Noah continues to build on what's looking like a breakout season. The centre piled up a line of 12 points, 11 boards, four assists and two blocks before fouling out in the final minute.