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Banged-Up Raptors Cut Down Nets At ACC
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Nets 99 108 Raptors
Jay Satur
February 3, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

Wasn't 'over' but a key stretch came before Vanilla Ice even hit the stage. The Nets ripped off a 20-2 run to start the second quarter and went ahead 42-30. But despite being down three rotation players and Jarrett Jack playing through illness, the Raptors roared back with an energetic run of their own to hit halftime with a slim lead and they'd continue to scrap from there.

Another double-digit deficit aside, it was another example of the Raptors' showing some resiliency and this time in some less than ideal circumstances.


Sonny Weems put together a career-best night (14 pts, 11 rebs) in his fifth consecutive start replacing injured rookie DeMar DeRozan. Weems exploded for eight points during that critical run before halftime, including two mammoth dunks off feeds from Jack that energized the crowd.

Antoine Wright also excelled in a spot start against his former club. The veteran knocked down several open looks (including three 3-pointers) on his way to a season-high 18 points along with seven rebounds


Jarrett Jack wasn't even sure if he could go on Wednesday due to illness. Instead, he went on to not only start, but thrive in an an astounding 39:32 of court time.

Jack poured in 17 points, nailing three of his four attempts from long distance, while serving up nine assists. A gutsy bounce back effort after a rough night against his former team in Indianapolis the night before.


"We knew it was going to be a battle. We had to get stops and the first half we didn’t do a very good job. We had a little bit of a let down and we went to the bench and tried to rest some of our guys. We lost some of the momentum that we started the game with, but the second half I thought we were very good. We locked down, contested shots and got in the way."

- Jay Triano on his team's effort


Sun., Feb. 7 vs. New Jersey
12:00 PM ET (TSN2, FAN 590)

The Raptors (27-23) continue their four-game homestand as they get their first look at the Kings this season. Toronto undoubtedly appreciates the rest between games in order to give Hedo Turkoglu (fractured right orbital bone), DeMar DeRozan (ankle) and Jose Calderon (ankle) more time to heal. Their status for Sunday's game remains unknown. The Raptors will need to contain Kings rookie Tyreke Evans, who returned from a hip injury on Wednesday to torch the Spurs for 32 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in a loss - the team's 11th in 12 games.

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The Numbers
18 Number of home wins for the Raptors this season, matching their total from 08-09
16-0 The Raptors' record when they hold their opponent to under 100 points
1-24 Road record for the Nets
15 Number of consecutive games in which Toronto has scored at least 100 points
.526 3-Point shooting percentage for the Raptors (10-19 3-PT FGM-A)
They Said It...
Chris Bosh "He was pushing the ball and he changed the tempo a few times. He got the crowd into it and he got us into it. We needed his hustle and he did more things than just numbers tonight. He was a good leader out on the court for us and he got us going."
- Chris Bosh on the play of Jarrett Jack
Sonny Weems "We have 30 some games left, so you can’t dwell on one that you lost. We had to come in and play New Jersey, which is playing tough of late now, so I’m happy to get the win.”
- Sonny Weems on the bouncing back after a loss
Kiki Vandeweghe "First of all this is a team (Toronto) that is going pretty good, but having said that we just let down on energy. There was a couple minutes were we went one-on-one, took some quick shots that led to their fast breaks and they got a couple of offensive rebounds.”
- Nets head coach Kiki Vandeweghe on the loss