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Fourth-Quarter Collapse Hands Raptors Fourth Straight Loss
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Jay Satur
December 1, 2009
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON


After the Hawks used a 13-2 run to turn a six-point Raptors lead into a five-point deficit, Toronto managed to claw back to within two points twice more. But the Raptors couldn't get over the hump due to missed shots and turnovers, which culminated in a key sequence in the final minute.

Toronto trailed 99-97 with 58 seconds to play when Andray Blatche hauled in a key offensive rebound off an Antawn Jamison miss. After Blatche drilled both free throws to put the Wizards up four, Hedo Turkoglu turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and a fourth straight Raptors loss was all but assured. Tough start to a week that continues with three road games in four nights.



Antawn Jamison turned a good game into a great one with his performance in the fourth quarter. The versatile forward scored 10 of his game-high 30 points in the final frame, including a clutch long jumper from just inside the right side of the three-point line that kept the Raptors at bay with 2:29 to go. Jamison then gestured to the crowd for silence, but his play was doing a pretty good job of that.

He added 12 rebounds, two assists a steal and a block in just over 43 minutes of work, also a game high.


Second straight strong game at home for Andrea Bargnani, who posted his fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds (four offensive).

His commanded a lot of attention from the Wizards as the game wore on, opening things up for Jarrett Jack and Jose Calderon to attack the basket. It will be interesting to see if Bargnani can keep it rolling away from ACC for the next three games, which hasn't been the case through the first quarter of this season.


Ten. The number of consecutive games that the Raptors have allowed at least 100 points. As a result of that alarming stat, it's been eight losses in the past 10 games with the only wins coming from brilliant offensive performances against the Heat and Pacers.

This recent run eclipses the previous franchise-high of nine games of 100+ points allowed. It's been set twice and most recently from February 20 - March 11 of 2009.


"They were better than we were tonight; bottom line. We didnt shoot the ball as well as we could...

"I thought we had good looks. I thought they took us a little deeper and changed up their coverages, but we still had pretty decent looks for the most part, the right guys were shooting the basketball."

- Jay Triano


Wed., Dec. 2 vs. Atlanta Hawks
7:00 PM ET (theScore, FAN 590)

No time for the Raptors to dwell on the loss, as they open a three-game swing in four nights against the Hawks in Atlanta. The Hawks boast a 12-5 record -- with a 7-1 mark at Philips Arena -- but they've stumbled of late by losing three of their last four after winning the previous seven. The Raptors dropped three-of-four meetings last season against the Hawks.

The Numbers
3 Number of consecutive losses for the Raptors at ACC
50 Number of rebounds for the Raptors vs. the Wizards, a season high
19 Lead changes during Tuesday's game
3 Number of times this season Chris Bosh has matched a career-best of 18 points scored in one quarter
3 Number of Raptors to score at least 20 points, which hasn't happened since March 29, 2009.
They Said It...
Chris Bosh "When you lose games you cant get frustrated. We dont have time to be frustrated because weve got a game tomorrow night. If you are frustrated it doesnt matter because nobody cares. Atlanta doesnt care.
Flip Saunders "Our guys played well. I thought we had a couple lapses, but overall we executed when we got in the half court. We were able to execute efficiently." - Wizards head coach Flip Saunders on the win.
Hedo Turkoglu "I wont let it stick with me at all. Its just one game and we have sixty-some games left. I know what I did was bad and I never should have done it but like I said, you just see it after the game. " - Hedo Turkoglu on his late turnover.
Fantasy Alert
10.1 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 0.3 APG

Notes: Washington centre Brendan Haywood struggled from the line (1-8), but finished a remarkably efficient 7-of-10 from the floor with nine rebounds (seven offensive), two steals and two blocks.
Jose Calderon
11.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 6.4 APG

Notes: The assists may be down, but Jose Calderon has been even steadier than usual of late. He posted zero turnovers on Tuesday to give him a 12:0 assist to turnover ratio in his past two games. He was also had a strong shooting night, hitting nine of his 12 shots to finish with 20 points, four rebounds and five assists.