Shorthanded Raptors Falter Late Against Bobcats At ACC
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Jay Satur
Nov. 10, 2010
Toronto, ON

The execution didn't correspond with the effort level on Wednesday, as the Raptors coughed it up early and often but recovered in the middle quarters to hit the final stanza up 74-69.

But the Bobcats hung around, chipped away and pulled ahead for good on a Stephen Jackson three-pointer with 5:47 to play. The Raptors still had an opportunity to tie down 99-96 with 12.7 seconds remaining but Andrea Bargnani was stripped before he could get a shot off and it was game over.



Just a clutch effort from veteran guard Stephen Jackson, who finished his night with 20 points (6-13 FGM-A) a trio of three-pointers, four rebounds and three assists in just over forty minutes of work.

But he was absolutely at his best in the game's final six minutes, hitting the go-ahead three, adding another jumper, dishing to Tyrus Thomas for an easy dunk, picking Bargnani's pocket and then icing the game at the free throw line in the game's dying seconds.


Wednesday saw the Raptors four-man reserve unit outscore the starters 49-47, with 20 of those points coming from an energized Sonny Weems.

He was just as terrifying in transition as he was Monday against the Warriors, but his mid-range jumper was also dropping and allowed him to mix things up. During a start where the Raptors are in dire need of consistency, Weems has now strung together three very solid offensive performances in his last four games.


"I think in transition we just have five guys on the break and sometimes it just gets too congested. We have five guys running the floor and everybody gets excited trying to run; it gets crowded and we end up turning it over and they throw it the other way because there is a guy behind the play at the other end. The energy level is good, we’re trying to make something happen, sometimes we end up turning it over and it goes right back."

- Jay Triano, on early turnovers.


Wed., Nov.10 vs. Bobcats
  7 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590

The Raps must once again hit the road for a four-game stretch -- this time against Eastern Conference foes. It's certainly not an easy start as they open a back-to-back in the Sunshine State against Dwight Howard and the Magic. Orlando saw its four-game win streak halted on Wednesday following their 104-94 home loss to the Utah Jazz. The Magic took three of four meetings with the Raptors last season.

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By The Numbers
49-47 Raptors bench scoring vs. starters
17 Raptors turnovers leading to 21 Bobcats points
32 Raptors rebound total -- a season low
5 Raptors losses this season by seven points or less.
36-23 Fast break points favouring the Raptors
They Said It...
“I just lost the ball. There are no other words to describe it. I just lost the ball and it slipped away."
- Andrea Bargnani, on that final possession
Jarrett Jack "When we get five blocks from Tyrus (Thomas) and four from Gerald (Wallace) and we rebounded pretty effectively in the second half we have a chance."
- Bobcats head coach Larry Brown on the effort
Linas Kleiza "Yeah, it’s really getting old. We have to change it around real quick or I don’t know what’s going to happen."
- Sonny Weems, on the losing streak