Raptors Swept By Nets In London After 3OT Heartbreaker
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Jay Satur
Mar. 5, 2011

A close battle in regulation extended to overtime and resulted in one of the wildest games in recent Raptors memory for the fans at the O2 Arena. Knotted at 126-126 heading into the third extra five-minute period, the Nets opened reeled off seven straight points from Sasha Vujacic and Travis Outlaw. But the Raptors replied with a 10-2 run capped by a Leandro Barbosa three with 20.9 to play to grab a 136-135 advantage.

Travis Outlaw then drew a shooting foul on James Johnson and hit both free throws to put the Nets up one. The Raps had one more chance out of a timeout, but Andrea Bargnani's long jumper rimmed out and it was over.



Scary thought: Deron Williams isn't even 100 per cent right now. The Nets newly-acquired franchise floor general is playing through nagging injuries to both hands which continues to affect his shooting (7-20 FGM-A on Saturday), but still finished with 21 points and 18 assists in nearly 53 minutes of work in the tail end of a back-to-back. His head coach also believes that toughness is contagious.

"Deron Williams' spirit has infiltrated out team and it's a positive spirit," said Avery Johnson post-game.


Ed Davis deserves recognition for acquitting himself very well against a beefier Nets front line in both games this weekend. On Saturday, Davis turned in another efficient night from the floor by making 4-6 shots for 12 points and adding 15 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass.

"He's getting better from the free throw line -- he missed a couple tonight -- but at the same time he's starting to shoot the ball a whole lot better," said Jay Triano. "He's being aggressive and assertive on the defensive end and we think his growth is really starting to accelerate."


"This was a great game for our guys to play in and I think anytime we can put out young players in situations where it's a chance to win a game on a last possession. This is part of the growth that we're looking for with out young guys and they had to battle in this game. I thought we got down and didn't play very well in the first half and I thought after that our field goal percentage was significantly better and that we guarded a whole lot better."
- Jay Triano, on how the game turned


Wed., Mar. 9 vs. Jazz
  7PM, Sportsnet One, FAN590

The Raptors now return to Toronto, where they begin a stretch of four of their next five games at ACC against the new-look Jazz. It's been a period of massive change for the Jazz and they've struggled to just two wins in their last 10 games. The Raptors were dropped 125-108 by the Jazz back on November 3, with Andrea Bargnani scoring 26 points and grabbing nine rebounds in the loss.

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By The Numbers
9 Turnovers for the Raptors, vs. 17 for the Nets
10 3-pointers made by the Raptors, matching a season-high
27 Times tied in Saturday's game
14-5 Block totals favouring the Nets
58-48 Points in the paint favouring the Nets
They Said It...
"Right now, I'm only thinking about the loss, of course. We had three overtimes so everybody's pretty disappointed right now, that's all we're thinking about. "

- Andrea Bargnani on his strong performance
Linas Kleiza "Early in the season, we don't win this game. But we've had some guys that are growing up."
- Nets head coach Avery Johnson on surviving triple-OT
Linas Kleiza "We kept fighting the whole time. We were seven points down but we came back and had the chance for a win. It's a tough loss but we played every minute."

- Jose Calderon, on how the Raps' competed