Anthony Laksmana January 22, 2010
Air Canada Centre
With Andrea Bargnani out due to a lower back injury, the Raptors struggled to get into into a rhythm, both offensively and defensively. The Raptors trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half in part due to their lathargic start and some sharp shooting by the Bucks.
The Raptors were able to pick up their defense in the final frame going to a 2-3 zone that stymied the Bucks and turned the game around into their favour. The Bucks had no answer and were forced to take several jump shots that led to several open-look misses.
Jack's aggressiveness with the ball and Jay Triano's zone defense in the fourth quarter was what the Raptors needed to pull off the comeback win against the Bucks.
Jack scored 13 of his season-high 27 points in the fourth quarter going 6-for-6 from the stripe. Jack mixed it up with his shot going inside and out while at the same time, picking up key rebounds and a steal on the defensive end.
The Raptors needed Rasho Nesterovic to step up in place of Bargnani, and that he did. While his stat line aren't as impressive as some, he provided a solid presence down the middle as the starting centre scoring 8 points while grabbing 7 rebounds.
A notable mention must go out to Marco Belinelli who provided the offensive spark the Raptors needed, scoring 16 points off the bench. Ineffective against the Bucks on Wednesday, Belinelli took the ball to the basket often going to the line nine times.
"I think we were much better in the second half. We came out and we just had to find a way to create some energy because we just seemed very flat in the first half... We picked up full court to start the third and got out guy legs into it a little bit and the stops were good. The stops at the beginning of the fourth quarter there was them trying to figure out what we were doing with our zone and we mixed it up a little bit."
Sun., Jan. 24 vs. Los Angeles 6:00 PM ET (The Score, FAN 590)
GAME NOTES: Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Toronto Raptors at ACC for the first time this season. This will be the 27th meeting between the two teams with the Lakers leading the all-time series 21-5. The last time the Raptors beat the Lakers at home was nearly 3 years ago, a 96-92 win on February 9, 2007. Expect a huge crowd Sunday night with the 12-time All-Star forward in town. And with Pau Gasol reuniting with his fellow countryman, Jose Calderon there will be plenty in the crowd cheering on the two Spaniards.
Record when holding an opponent to under 100 points this season
Fast break points in favor of Toronto
Record in the past nine home games
Biggest lead by the Bucks, second biggest comeback for the Raptors this season
Assists by Jose Calderon, the first time since Jan. 2, 2009 and 11th time in 323 career games
"Turk (Hedo Turkoglu) is a proven player in this league. You don't get to this level, or become this caliber player without your background being checked. He's been doing it for so many years that we respect him." - Jarrett Jack on giving Hedo Turkoglu the ball despite his struggles
"It was just like an intense moment together. He was like 'let's go, let's win' and I was pretty much agreeing with him. Even though it didn't look like it, but that is what it was." - Chris Bosh on the emotion shared with Jarrett Jack
"We came out of the locker room a little bit mentally lazy to start the third and busted up a couple of plays right away and I had to take an early timeout. They went to their zone and we looked like we had never seen a zone before for several minutes, and we couldn't take another timeout to try and get reorganized a little bit." - Scott Skiles on Milwaukee's inability to score during a 5 minute span