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Raptors Come Close, But Slide Against Suns Continues
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FINAL SCORE
Raptors 100 101 Suns
Jay Satur
November 15, 2009
US Airways Center
Phoenix, AZ
IT WAS OVER WHEN...

Obviously after the final-second miss from Hedo Turkoglu. Most of his shots in the second half looked incredibly tough, including a step back three in the third and couple of contested long jumpers down the stretch, but his attempted game-winner would have been something else had it dropped. Turkoglu fumbled his dribble momentarily as he went to his crossover behind the arc, then improvised by going to his left and firing from the top of the key. Tough way to lose on a night when the Raptors led for most of the way.

THE GAME CHANGER

Steve Nash was once again a nightmare for the Raptors. Amar'e Stoudemire was lethal down low all night, but it was Nash who rose to the occasion down the stretch with two key plays.

With 7:41 to play in the game, he drilled his only three-pointer in six tries, but it put the Suns ahead for the first time since late in the fourth quarter. In the final minute he found a seam and scored on a driving layup, was hacked in the act and added the game-winning point at the line. A very impressive 23-point, nine-assist effort.

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

Hedo Turkoglu is really starting to look acclimated in the Raptors offence and on Sunday, he nearly dragged the Raptors to a win. Sure, he missed the game winner, but the Raptors are only in a position to get the win after Turkoglu hits a three to tie it and then a very long two for a 100-98 lead in the final minute.

Not bad for a guy who was a gametime decision due to a sore hip.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Much of the Raptors success this season has been due to frequent trips to the line. The Raptors came in averaging 29.6 attempts and 22.9 makes from the line -- both good for third in the league.

That's largely due to Chris Bosh's league-leading 13.6 attempts per game but on Sunday, CB4 had only seven attempts and his teammates could only muster seven more. The Suns hit 23 free throws (on 27 attempts) versus only 11 makes for the Raps. Major factor in a one-point game.

THAT'S A RAP

Well we had two great shots which is what we wanted. The three just went in and out. That last shot is what we wanted and we got the switch we wanted with Stoudemire and it was another good look but it just didnt go in. Cant really complain about it. - Jay Triano

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Tuesday Nov. 17 vs. Denver Nuggets
9:00 PM ET (TSN, FAN 590)

GAME NOTES:
The Raptors' road swing continues as they open a back-to-back in the Mile High City against the Nuggets (7-3), who are coming off an impressive 105-79 win over the Lakers at Pepsi Center. The Raptors and Nuggets rank fourth and fifth respectively in points per game, so more offensive fireworks could be on the way. The Raptors dropped both matchups against the Nuggets last season, allowing 246 points in two games.
By The Numbers
11 Number of consecutive wins for the Suns over the Raptors
10 Biggest lead of the night for the Raptors
11 Number of made free throws for the Raptors
10 Number of free throws made by Amar'e Stoudemire
28.6 Raptors 3-point shooting percentage in the second half (4/14)
They Said It...
Chris Bosh They switched the coverage so I wasnt open and Hedo had a good look. He got two good looks at the end. One went in and out and he just missed the other one. I was down there for an offensive rebound but it just went the other way. - - Chris Bosh
Hedo Turkoglu For a few years now Ive always been involved (at the end of games) so I really feel comfortable. Before the final shot I had just made a few shots before that so I felt good taking it. It felt good coming off my hand, but it just wasnt meant to be I guess. - Hedo Turkoglu
Alvin Gentry I thought that after the first quarter we were going to have to score 120 points to win the game. The defense picked up on both sides I think and both teams did a really good job." - Suns head coach Alvin Gentry
Fantasy Alert
SEASON STATS
28.0 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.2 APG

Notes: Chris Bosh posted his league-leading eighth double-double with a 25-point, 10-rebound performance on Sunday. He also added two blocks.
SEASON STATS
12.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.6 APG

Notes: Channing Frye has returned to Arizona and he's looked right at home in the Suns' system. All six of his field goals were three-pointers on Sunday, which is the third time this season he's connected for that many. Frye finished with 20 points and seven rebounds in the win.