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Home Streak Snapped As Raptors Cough One Up
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FINAL SCORE
Grizzlies 109 102 Raptors
Jay Satur
February 17, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
IT WAS OVER WHEN...

It was an uncharacteristic collapse for the Raptors, who haven't coughed up many leads since mid-December and especially not at home. But a five-point advantage evaporated in just 37 seconds after an OJ Mayo three-pointer out of a timeout followed by a Zack Randolph fast-break lay up with less than two seconds to play in regulation to tie it at 97-97.

The Raptors weren't the same after that, as Antoine Wright accounted for all five Toronto points in OT. The rest of the team was blanked in extra time, including a drought of 2:38 minutes to end the game.

THE GAME CHANGER

Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay simply seized control of the game in overtime, taking advantage of defensive mismatches to score six straight Memphis points and give his team the lead for good. The UConn product scored eight of the Grizzlies' 12 points in OT.

Gay finished 10-17 from the floor, 8-10 from the line with eight rebounds, two assists and a block in 46:17 minutes of work.

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

Amir Johnson had a solid all-around performance and was part of an excellent overall effort from Toronto's reserves, who outscored the Memphis bench 43-9. Johnson was a perfect 5-5 from the floor for 10 points with four rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

His energy level was outstanding, his chemistry with Jose Calderon continues to improve by the game and he even showed some range on his jumper in the fourth quarter.

THAT'S A RAP

"Miscoverage. We knew that they were going to go for a three and we had our coverages. We just didn't react the way we were supposed to. That hurt and then we missed a shot on the other end that was a long rebound that led to a fast break. It was a tough break but we kind of screwed up on the coverage."

- Jay Triano on the Grizzlies' big three at the end of the fourth quarter.

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Fri., Feb. 19 @ New Jersey
8:00 PM ET (theScore, FAN 590)

GAME NOTES:
The Raptors resume their stretch of three games in four nights with a road date in New Jersey against the Nets. The Raptors have taken the first two matchups of the season against the Nets at Air Canada Centre, including a 108-99 win on Feb. 3. Despite their 5-49 record, New Jersey has looked better coming out of the All-Star break, defeating the Bobcats on Tuesday before narrowly missing an upset of the Heat on Wednesday.

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The Numbers
.176 Toronto's 3-point shooting percentage (3-17 3pt FGM-A)
18 Number of consecutive games with at least 100 points for the Raptors
43-9 Bench scoring favouring Toronto
1 Number of losses for the Raptors in four games while wearing their Huskies throwbacks
3 Number of 20+ point scorers for Memphis (Gay - 29, Randolph - 24, Mayo - 22)
They Said It...
Jose Calderon "We just have to finish games a little bit better like we were doing before. It's not about the starters or nonstarters, it's about the team and as the Raptors we didn't play for 48 minutes, actually 52 minutes today. We just have to keep going."
- Jose Calderon on the play of the bench
Lionel Hollins "This is how we got to 26 wins, fighting and scratching. We are not a pretty team, we are overachievers and we've got to go out and overachieve to win and that takes a lot of energy and a lot of effort and a lot of second effort."
- Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins on his team's effort.
Chris Bosh "These are tough games to play because we haven't played in a week. They played last night and they were able to shake their rust off... We were in a position to win and that is all you can ask for sometimes. We just came up a little short."
- Chris Bosh on the loss