Weems' Dagger Ends Raptors Losing Streak In Orlando
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Jay Satur
Nov. 12, 2010
Orlando, Fla.

The Raptors used a big third-quarter surge to help build a 98-90 lead by the 7:37 mark in the fourth. Orlando countered with a 13-5 run over a 7:09 stretch to tie things up on Mickael Pietrus' seventh three-pointer of the game with 29 second to play.

Following a Raptors timeout, Jarrett Jack took the inbounds pass, drove the lane and kicked out to Sonny Weems, who drilled a three-pointer over an outstretched Dwight Howard to give the Raptors the lead with 7.1 to play. Jose Calderon stole the ensuing inbounds pass and the Raptors hit four straight free throws to seal it.



DeMar DeRozan was absolutely huge in this game and particularly in the fourth quarter, where scored 11 of his career-high 26 points by routinely driving, drawing contact and getting to the line.

In total, DeRozan would make 12 trips to the line (tying a season-high with 10 free throw makes) and also put in some great work on the glass with seven rebounds. This was a gritty win in the face of some serious adversity and DeRozan led the way when it mattered most.


The line on Julian Wright shows seven points (3-7 FGM-A) with four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in over 24 minutes of work, but he was worth so much more as a valuable glue guy for the Raptors.

One minute, he's putting the ball on the floor, penetrating and dishing off to open teammates. The next, he's drilling a corner three-pointer or stealing an inbounds pass, or Jay Triano is inserting him as a long, quick disruptive four on defence. He continues to play within his game, but makes things happen on the floor for this team.


"It takes a lot to beat good teams -- especially in their buildings. I thought our guys were good. We made an adjustment at halftime -- we weren't happy with the number of threes that they took and the fact that we hadn't put Dwight on the free throw line and we said we need to change those things. Limit the number of threes -- they only took eight in the second half and a couple of those are late. Then we also put him (Howard) on the free throw line a lot more."

- Jay Triano, on halftime adjustments.


Wed., Nov.13 vs. Heat
  7 PM ET, TSN, FAN590

Friday's win gives the Raptors a little momentum and a confidence boost as they move on to their first game against former franchise player Chis Bosh along with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Heat. Miami has struggled of late, as they've dropped three of four against tough opponents in the Hornets, Jazz and Celtics. The Raptors split their four-game regular-season series with the Heat last season.

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By The Numbers
12 Trips to the free throw line for DeMar DeRozan
8 Three-pointers made by Mickael Pietrus vs. six for the Raps
39-34 Rebound totals favouring the Raptors
24 Made free throws for the Raptors vs. 16 for the Magic
27 Lead changes in Friday's game
They Said It...
“Dwight was sagging off a lot. He wasn't really up helping. So I felt good about coming off the screen for the pull-up jumper or going to the basket."
- DeMar DeRozan, on what he saw in the second half
Jarrett Jack "It was a total team effort. Look at our bench, everybody is engaged. Everybody is cheering for each other and everybody's feeling a piece of the win. "
- Jarrett Jack on the total team effort
Linas Kleiza "Jack made a teriffic play. He's got three guys guarding him and I was standing their wide open and knocked down the shot."
- Sonny Weems, on his big three