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Turkoglu's Free Throws Sink Lakers In Latest Home Win
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Bucks 105 106 Raptors
Mike Ulmer
January 24, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

It was over. Kobe Bryants desperation heave with 1.2 seconds to play just barely rimmed out and the Raptors were one point survivors after Hedo Turkoglu put them ahead after two made free throws on the previous possession.

Bryant had what is for him a lower case game, 27 points, nine assists and a staggering 16 rebounds for a new career-high. He also went one-for-six from the arc.


Well, the easy choice would be Turkoglus charge to the hoop that drew a foul with a little under two seconds left to play. The Raptors shot 26 free throws for the game, the Lakers made only nine trips to the stripe.

Its hard to discount Andrea Bargnanis driving reverse lay-up with 1:16 left. Tack on the foul shot and the Raptors were back to within one.


Marco Belinelli went three-for-three from behind the arc and went four-for-five overall, finishing with 15 points. Belinelli had a way of making something out of squandered possessions all night.

He showed himself to be a spectacular asset against the Lakers and his energetic play was instrumental in the win. Belinelli has now scored at least 14 points in four of his last six games for Toronto.


"It is a play we have been running quite a bit. We want to spread the floor and give him (Turkoglu) options. They switched and he knew they were going to switch. That is why he and Chris (Bosh) had their little talk on the way out and said if there is a switch let me have the middle of the floor. He came back to the middle and had a quicker step on a bigger guy. He drove to the basket and if someone helps he is going to kick it and if nobody does he is going to try and lay it in."

- Jay Triano on the final play for Hedo Turkoglu


Wed., Jan. 27 vs. Miami
7:00 PM ET (TSN2, FAN 590)

The Raptors can earn a sweep of their three-game homestand with a win over the Heat, who sit fifth in the Eastern Conference and a game ahead of Toronto following Sunday's action. Wednesday's tilt is the third of four matchups between the two teams this season and they've split the season series 1-1 so far. The Raptors won a 120-113 shootout at ACC on Nov. 20, but the Heat responded with a 115-95 blowout win in Miami on Dec. 15.

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The Numbers
6-1 Raptors' record against Western Conference foes at ACC so far this season.
20,111 Attendance for Sunday's game, the fifth-largest crowd for a regular-season Raptors game at ACC.
9 Free throws made and attempted by the Lakers, both season-lows for a Raptors' opponent.
5 Comebacks from 10 or more points for the Raptors this season.
9 Number of wins for the Raptors in their last 10 home games.
They Said It...
Hedo Turkoglu "Jay (Triano) had the confidence to give me the basketball and I was able to do something to help the team win; so I'm happy about that. Hopefully this will help get me over the hump and play much better. I was surprised; I thought I wasn't going to the line." - Hedo Turkoglu on the free throws to win the game
Phil Jackson "They (Raptors) played some rabid, tenacious defence from about the middle of the third quarter on, or at least when they called a timeout and they were nine down, and they did a good job of turning the ball over and getting run-outs from it." - Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the Raptors' defence
Jarrett Jack "We were playing against the defending champions and the team that has the best record in the league so far. I thought we came out and stood up to the challenge." - Jarrett Jack on the win