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Balanced Raptors Attack Punishes Pacers At ACC
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Jay Satur
November 24, 2009
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON


You can forgive Raptors fans if there was some hand wringing going on as they watched the Pacers blow up for 39 points in the third quarter on Tuesday. After all, the Raps nearly coughed up a 23-point lead to the Heat on Friday and saw a 13-point lead erased in the second half against the Magic on Sunday.

Indiana managed to hang around and cut the Toronto advantage to 113-106 on a three-pointer from Troy Murphy with just under seven minutes to play. But Chris Bosh scored five points during an ensuing 10-3 Raptors run that pushed the lead to double digits and secured a fairly comfortable win.



It was a combination of quantity and quality for Jose Calderon, who scored a team-high 21 points on remarkably efficient eight-of-11 shooting.

Most of the point guard's damage was done in the first half, helping the Raptors explode in the first half with 15 points (on five-of-six shooting) and five of his seven total assists, a game-high shared with teammate Hedo Turkoglu. Tuesday's performance has to be considered his best of the season to date.


It's almost fitting to give Jarrett Jack the honour against their former club. Jack looks increasingly comfortable with his teammates and with his shooting stroke. He set another season high in scoring (18) by going a perfect seven-of-seven from the field (with three of those coming from beyond the arc) and six assists in 29:52. He also knocked down a couple of crucial shots, including a tough 'and 1' in the lane at the end of the third and knocking down a big three-pointer for that late push in the fourth.


It really can't be understated how remarkable that first-half outburst was. This was a team that hit 74 points with their top two scorers in Bosh and Bargnani shooting a combined 4-13 from the floor for six points apiece. The rest of the team combined to shoot 22-28 (78.6%) from the floor, including five of their six three-point attempts.

The 74 points was the highest first-half total for the Raps since the Nets were torched for 75 points on Dec. 21, 1999. The Raptors' franchise record for first-half points (79) also came against the Nets - this time in 1997.


"In the first half I would say we are pretty good. In the second half we weren't as polished as we could have been. I think we ended up settling for jump shots. We make jump shots in the first half and we're looking pretty darn good. We miss jump shots and it means guys are standing an we don't have a lot of offensive rebounding, so we don't score as many points in the second half'' - Jay Triano on his team's offence


Wed. Nov. 25 @ Charlotte Bobcats
7:00 PM ET (theScore, FAN 590)

The Raptors close out a back-to-back on Wednesday, as they travel to Charlotte to take on Stephen Jackson and the new look Bobcats. Last season Chris Bosh averaged 30.5 points and 11.8 rebounds in four games against Charlotte. Toronto enters the matchup leading the all-time series 12-6, including a 6-3 record on the road.

The Numbers
7 Number of Raptors to hit double-figures in scoring on Monday.
12 Number of double-doubles on the season for Chris Bosh, which leads the NBA.
50 Points scored by Toronto's bench, a season-high
6 Number of wins for the Raptors in their last seven home games vs. the Pacers.
28 Number of Raptors assists, tying a season high.
They Said It...
Jarrett Jack ``I hve every game circled on my calendar to be honest, and that's not just an answer to be politically correct.'' - - Jarrett Jack on the relevance of facing his former club.
Jim O'Brien "You cant play one good quarter on the road and expect to win. We played with no force in the first half and made it a game in the second half because we did play with force" - Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien
Chris Bosh "We were sharing the basketball and getting a lot of open shots. Everybody touched the ball and that gave us confidence." - Chris Bosh on the Raptors' strong first half offensively
Fantasy Alert
14.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.8 APG

Notes: Hedo Turkoglu was all over the stat sheet Tuesday. He shot five-of-seven from the floor for 14 points, with seven assists, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
24.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.8 APG

Notes: A tale of two halves for Danny Granger. The forward shot only 25 per cent from the floor for 14 points in the first half, but stroked six threes after the break on his way to 36 points overall with nine rebounds and five assists.