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Raptors Can't Capitalize Late In Cleveland
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Raptors 100 108 Cavaliers
Jay Satur
January 19, 2010
Quicken Loans Arena
Cleveland, OH

Cleveland really tightened up the interior defence in the second half, prompting the Raptors to go with a heavy dose of jump shots down the stretch that simply weren't falling (7-20 FGM-A in the fourth).

But the Cavs, who only went 5-of-17 from in field themselves in the final frame, really couldn't nail it down until crunch time. The Raps pulled to within 95-94 with 7:10 to go, but came up empty on their next four possessions as the Cavs went on a 7-0 run and essentially put the game away.


LeBron James was a stat stuffer on Tuesday, putting up game-highs in points (28) and assists (11) to go with nine rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

His swat on DeMar DeRozan to end the first quarter was a strong statement to the rookie who was having his way insideand his double-clutch dunk in the second electrified the crowd, but he was even bigger late. In the final five minutes, he set up Varejao and O'Neal for crucial buckets, grabbed three defensive rebounds, added a steal and drilled four free throws in the final 80 seconds.


With Sonny Weems out due to a pulled rib muscle and Hedo Turkoglu getting into very early foul trouble, Antoine Wright was the recipient of some increased minutes and he certainly made the most of it.

He was assertive bringing the ball to the rack, with two pretty drives in the first quarter (one for an 'and 1') and picked his spots effectively the rest of the way - finishing with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting with five rebounds.


"We didnt make plays down the stretch and had a very difficult time stopping them At the end, they missed a bunch of shots, but we couldnt capitalize when we went the other ways. Balls slipped out of hands, we have a look and didnt shoot. I thought we competed real well, we just didnt make plays down the stretch."

- Jay Triano on the end of the game


Wed., Jan. 20 @ Milwaukee
8:00 PM ET (TSN2, FAN 590)

The Raptors remain on the road as they close out a back-to-back and begin a home-and-home series with the Bucks on Wedneday. Toronto dropped the first meeting back on Dec. 9 by a score of 117-95, as Milwaukee shot .525 (42-for-80) from the field. Seven different Milwaukee players scored 12 or more points in the win. Chris Bosh paced the Raptors with 26 points and ten rebounds in a losing cause.

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The Numbers
61.9 Raptors' free throw shooting percentage (13-21 FTM-A)
4 Points in the paint in the fourth quarter for the Raptors
43-32 Rebounding totals favouring Cleveland
10 Consecutive losses in Cleveland for the Raptors
22 Number of lead changes in Tuesday's game
They Said It...
Chris Bosh "I think we have to make more effort, but when they have good interior defense, that means sometimes the drive-and-kick will work a little better. Sometimes, we have to be aggressive taking it to the basket to get maybe a wide open shot." - Chris Bosh on getting to the paint
Shaquille O'Neal "The only fallback for me is that I missed, like 5,000 free throws. If I would have at least hit half of those, then I would be at 30,000 right now." - Shaquille O'Neal on being the fifth player to score 28,000 points
Hedo Turkoglu "You try to get yourself going, then you get easy, stupid fouls a minute into the game and it kind of caught me off." - Hedo Turkoglu on his performance.