JP Lopez January 27, 2010
Air Canada Centre
The Heat managed to keep the game close coming down the final stretch. But with momentum and the fans by the Raptors' side, Antoine Wright hit a three-point dagger giving the team a 110-103 lead with 15 seconds left in the game.
Dwyane Wade was his usual self, keeping his team within striking distance with a 35 point and 10 assist performance.
The game changer, or changers, for tonight's game would have to be the "Killer B's". Andrea Bargnani and Chris Bosh both put up extremely good numbers, with Bargs scoring a team-high 27 points and setting a career-high 13 field goals from the field, while Bosh put up an NBA high-tying 33rd double-double with 24 points and 18 rebounds.
The pair have maintained their strong play in the new year and prove to be one of the key reasons why the Raptors have been on a high as of late.
Jose Calderon came off the bench providing a boost that the team needed in the first-half after trailing by as much as 13.
His numbers for tonight were not amazing by any stretch, but with 6 points, 7 assists and 6 boards, it's hard to deny that he didn't play an important role in tonight's win.
He and Jack have brought a different dynamic for the team when it comes to what the team needs from the backcourt.
"Part of our strategy coming in was to get him the basketball. We knew Jermaine O'Neal was going to be on Bosh and that they were going to lean on him. Bargnani was going to have the opportunity to duck in and make shots. I thought Andrea had a real good flow going. I took him out for a bit and we got him back in just because he was points for us and was a big body. He didn't rebound the way he has recently, but full value for everything he gave us offensively for sure."
- Jay Triano on the offence of Andrea Bargnani
Thurs., Jan. 28 @ New York 7:30 PM ET (TSN2, FAN 590)
GAME NOTES: The Raptors have the chance to stretch their current win-streak to four tomorrow in Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks. The Raptors took the first meeting earlier this month with a 112-104 win in New York, and look to repeat that effort in their second of three meetings this season. Hopefully fatigue will not play a factor as the Knicks will have the fresher legs of the two teams, as the last time they played they were on fire with a 132-105 win over the Timberwolves this past Tuesday.
Raptors' record wearing Huskies jerseys this season.
Raptors record at Air Canada Centre so far this season.
The Raps were down by as much as 13. This is also the number of field goals Bargnani hit in the game, setting a new career-high.
Amount of times the Raptors have allowed the opposing team to hit over 60 at the half. They are 3-9 when doing so.
Number of wins for the Raptors in their last 11 home games.
"We knew we were going to turn it around. We've been working hard to believe in ourselves. Once we got a couple of wins and things started going better for us; we had the opportunity to win a lot of games. We have won some big games and I think that has given us some momentum." - Chris Bosh on the better play of late
"I thought Antoine's defensive was very good. Antoine caused him problems and showed him a body every time he tried to go somewhere. Our 'bigs' helped and got back. To hold this kid to four points in the fourth quarter and one of them was a fast break layup, that is pretty good defence." - Jay Triano on Antoine Wright's defence on Wade
"It was a great win. It was very important because Miami was in front of us and now we are in front of them. It's important for the standings and the momentum we are creating." - Andrea Bargnani on the win