A sloppy game from both sides that produced some odd numbers as a result. The Raptors struggled shooting it both from the floor and at the line and coughed it up 21 times, but their advantages in the paint, on the fast break and especially in terms of scoring on second-chance opportunities kept them in Sunday's game late.
After a DeMar DeRozan dunk pulled Toronto to within 93-90 with 1:36 to play, Boris Diaw missed a 3-point attempt to give the Raps a chance. But Jose Calderon then committed Toronto's 21st giveaway and Gerald Henderson knocked down a pair of free throws to seal it for Charlotte.
DJ Augustin is becoming a Raptor killer and he really helped lead his team down the stretch in a much-needed win for the Bobcats. Augustin nailed three triples on his way to a game-high 23 points (8-14 FGM-A), but it's the damage he did on penetration that had both coaches talking post-game.
"He's their leading scorer and he's dominating the basketball, it kind of went where he wanted it to go, got it in the paint," said Jay Triano. "There was big plays down in the fourth quarter as well as the first half where we couldn't contain him."
Maybe it was the crowd or losing an hour with daylight savings or the afternoon start, but there just wasn't the same energy level at ACC that was present in Friday's win. Reggie Evans was an exception on Sunday with six points and a whopping 17 rebounds in the loss.
This game probably borders on a blowout without him as eight of his rebounds generated extra offensive possessions and contributed to outscoring the Bobcats 20-7 on second chance points. He was also more than boards though as he made some smart passes to earn a pair of assists and was active defensively with two steals.
"They keep a foot in the lane with everybody and when you keep a foot in the lane like they did, you better be able to make shots or swing the ball over to the second side and I think that we straightened it out in the one time out, but I think we got a little selfish. Guys tried to go one-on-one and when you go one-on-one with this team you run into four guys sitting in the lane. When we moved the ball to the second side that is when we could break them down. It’s a good learning experience, the ball has got to get to that second side of the floor."
- Jay Triano, on Toronto's offensive performance
Wed., Mar. 16 vs. Pistons
7:30 PM, TSN2, FAN590
The Raptors return to the site of one of their most memorable wins of the season against the Pistons. Toronto wiped out a 25-point deficit for the biggest comeback in franchise history on Dec. 11. The Raptors have followed with two losses to the Pistons at ACC and try for a season series split on Wednesday.
|41.8||Field goal percentage for the Raptors|
|28||CHA points scored off 21 Raptors turnovers|
|17-7||Fast break points favouring the Raptors|
|0-4||Raptors record vs. the Bobcats this season|
|12||Double digit rebounding efforts this season for Reggie Evans|
|"I want to play with Reggie for the rest of my career. The way he plays and the things he brings to this team are something we've missed this year when he was hurt."|
- Jerryd Bayless on playing with Reggie Evans
|"I thought from start to finish we really played hard and we didn’t have any letdowns. I was especially happy that Tyrus Thomas came with it the second half because (Reggie) Evans was killing us out there in the first half."|
- Bobcats head coach Paul Silas on his team's win
|"All that stuff like we say, all things, the struggling offensively struggling with some mistakes on defence, free throws, turnovers, that’s why we lost."|
- Jose Calderon, on the loss