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Raptors Withstand Second-Half Rally From Heat At ACC
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FINAL SCORE
Raptors 113 120 Suns
Mike Ulmer
November 20, 2009
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
IT WAS OVER WHEN...

... Andrea Bargnani said it was. A 20-point halftime lead had been cut to just one when Bargnani let loose with a long-three attempt late in the fourth quarter. The 26-foot three pointer restored the lead to four. A few moments later, Jarrett Jack added a three of his own and the suspense was over. Bargnani continued to his strong play with 24 points but his work under the basket, he had three offensive rebounds, seven defensive rebounds and two blocked shots, were equally important.

THE GAME CHANGER

Dwyane Wade. Wades talent is staggering, thats no secret but so is his drive. He is a spectacular passer, a lights-out shooter and an unstoppable ball handler.

His team took the loss, but he finished tied for game-high scoring honours with teammate Mario Chalmers (30 points), chalked up eight assists and added five rebounds.

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

Marco Belinelli finished with only four points but his four assists, two to Amir Johnson, ignited the Raptors in the second quarter and pushed the club to a 20-point halftime lead.

Belinelli didn't lead the Raptors bench in scoring for the first time in seven games, but his passing helped deliver a much-needed win.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Another premier performance for Chris Bosh. Is it the 29 points on 10-14 shooting, the four blocked shots or the 12 rebounds? Pick one.

Friday's effort was Bosh's league-leading 11th double-double of the season and he's recorded 20+ points in 12-of-13 games this season. It was his tenth game with at least 25 points scored.

THAT'S A RAP

``What happened was two possessions we come down, get fouled and only make one free throw. Then they come down and make a three. They chipped away at it that way. Then you miss a shot and they make another one and all of a sudden its 13 and that is disappointing. But when we shoot 58 per cent for the game, we keep moving the basketball and weather the storm I have to be happy with the result.'' - Jay Triano

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Sunday Nov. 21 vs. Orlando Magic
12:30 PM ET (CBC, FAN 590)

GAME NOTES:
Sundays visit from Orlando will be the second meeting this month between the two sides. The Magic opened the season series November 1 with a 125-116 victory also at Air Canada Centre. The game saw a balanced attack from the Magic with four players scoring 20+ points. Chris Bosh led the way for the Raptors with 35 points and 16 rebounds in the contest.
By The Numbers
14 Number of assists from the Raptors in the second quarter - a franchise record.
12 Number of fourth-quarter points for Jarrett Jack.
2 Consecutive double-doubles from both Bosh and Bargnani
+26 Bench scoring differential favouring the Raptors (36-10).
20 Number of Raptors turnovers - a season-high
They Said It...
Jarrett Jack ``They (teammates) have been preaching to me keep shooting it, keep shooting, it, why arent you shooting it? That is a product of them and they have been a positive influence on me since I have been here.'' - - Jarrett Jack on his big 4th-quarter shots
Chris Bosh "Mario (Chalmers) played great in the second half and Michael (Beasley) played great as well. We have to do it for a more consistent point of the game." - Dwyane Wade
Chris Bosh "Rebounding is important but I think we can still do better team wise. That is one thing I wanted to challenge Andrea to do this year and challenge myself to do this year is rebound the basketball." - Chris Bosh on another night of cleaning the glass
Fantasy Alert
SEASON STATS
14.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.5 APG

Notes: Hedo Turkoglu was quietly rock solid in this one, narrowly missing a double-double of his own with 19 points, eight assists and five rebounds as well. Just 4-9 from the floor, he was 3-4 from behind the arc and a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe.
SEASON STATS
8.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 4.5 APG

Notes: Mario Chalmers had a huge fourth quarter, helping spakrk the Heat to the near upset. A career-high 30 points on 9-15 shooting (5-9 from beyond the arc). Added three assists and three steals in a strong performance.