Game Rap - Raptors @ Knicks

Raps Win Fourth Straight With Latest Big Comeback

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Jay Satur

January 28, 2010
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY


Is there any deficit this team can't wipe out? After battling back from 16 points down, the Raptors found themselves trailing 102-97 with 1:47 to play. But four a fourth straight game, they dug deep and reclaimed the lead for good.

Hedo Turkoglu rattled off the first four points of an ensuing 8-0 run that put the Raptors ahead and the defence took over from there. Jack made one of two free throws to give the Knicks and opportunity to tie or win the game, but the point guard took a charge from a driving Al Harrington and it was game over.


Chris Bosh was once again fantastic to close out a back-to-back, but the spark Hedo Turkoglu brought consistently (26 points, 11 rebounds, 8-16 FGM-A) and especially in the third quarter can't be understated.

Clearly looking to be more aggressive with his shot, Turkoglu splashed a pair of threes in the first half, but mixed things up after the break. He drove right at the rim for a pair of energizing dunks in the third quarter, when he scored 14 points. A great sign for Turkoglu, who came up big on a night when Andrea Bargnani was a non-factor.


Speaking of much improved, Antoine Wright had another efficient offensive game on Thursday, finishing with 13 points (5-6 FGM-A) in 25 minutes off the bench.

Th Raptors swingman hit all three of this three-point attempts (a season-high for makes), scooped up five rebounds and brought his usual brand of tough defence down the stretch. All part of another solid bench effort for Toronto.


"Hedo (Turkoglu) was the guy and we gave him the basketball and he orchestrates everything and he recognizes the shift, swung the ball and we get a nice look with Chris Bosh and the guy guarding ends up being a guy they probably don’t want guarding him and he’s able to take it to the basket and finish. We stuck with it and it was a tough game, they made shots, hustled for the rebounds and I thought our guys competed really hard."

- Jay Triano on Thursday's key plays


Sun., Jan. 31 vs. Indiana
6:00 PM ET (theScore, FAN 590)


The Raptors have a couple of days to recharge before they return to action at ACC against the Indiana Pacers in a second straight Sunday evening tilt. Toronto has played seven consecutive Sunday games against opponents with a combined record of 175-123 (.587) and are 7-1 during this stretch. The two teams have split the first two games of their season series so far, with the Raptors winning the opener 123-112 at ACC on Nov. 2 and the Pacers earning a 105-101 comeback victory on Jan. 11.

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The Numbers


Rebounding totals favouring the Raptors


Number of Raptors turnovers.


Consecutive comeback wins after being down by double-digits for the Raptors.


Shooting percentage for the Knicks (38-87 FGM-A).


Fast break points favouring the Knicks.
They Said It...

Chris Bosh

"We’re being aggressive and at the same time we know how the game is supposed to flow, who’s open, the offensive sets we want to run. It’s coming together bit by bit."
- Chris Bosh on the Raptors' improved play

Hedo Turkoglu

"I just wanted to go strong and dunk it and show my young guys what I still got. I’m glad I went hard and sometimes you don’t get calls when you don’t go hard and just finish it strong.”
- Hedo Turkoglu on his aggressive mentality

Jarrett Jack

"The ball was going to go to Nate (Robinson). He got hung up a little bit and Gallo (Danilo Gallinari) I think was worried about the 5 seconds. We didn’t have another timeout and he threw it over to Al (Harrington). No, that wasn’t where it was supposed to go.”
- Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni on the final play