Tough Finish For The Raptors In The Big Easy
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Jay Satur
Jan. 17, 2011

The Raptors had difficulties down the stretch against the Hornets and saw their double-digit lead disappear, but they had a chance as DeMar DeRozan tied the game at 81-81 on free throws with 40 seconds to play. David West however, took over from there and dragged his team to the finish line with strong play at both ends.

It was a scrappy effort from a Raptors team with just eight players, but five points in the final six minutes and too many second-chance opportunities for the Hornets resulted in a fourth straight loss by six points or less.



All respect due to big nights from Emeka Okafor and former Raptor Jarrett Jack, it was forward David West who put up big numbers (team-high 23 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks) and elevated his game late on his home floor.

With the game tied at 81-81 after free throws from DeMar DeRozan, West put his team ahead for good with a jumper, blocked Amir Johnson and maintained possession on Toronto's ensuing trip down then hit two free throws to ice it.


With 11 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes on Monday, rookie Ed Davis has now totaled three double-doubles in 24 games this season, but more importantly, you're starting to see glimpses of growth and consistency.

He's now grabbed at least eight rebounds in three straight games and posted double-digit scoring totals in back-to-back games for the first time in his NBA career. He's also recorded at least two blocks in six of nine January games versus just three in 15 games in December.


"We did the best we could to mix it up defensively, play some zone and man-to-man, try to keep them off balance a little bit, but in the end, they just hammered us on the boards. Offensive rebounds. They got second chances and you can only give up so many of those, even if you hold a team to thirty-nine percent. I think we might have got a little bit tired. I tried to keep three bigs on the floor as much as I could and see if we could come up with an offensive or defensive rebound, but we kept giving them up." - Jay Triano, on the defensive effort


Wed., Jan. 19 @ San Antonio
  8:30 PM ET, Sportsnet One, FAN590

It's off to Texas, where the Raptors visit the league's top team in the Spurs (35-6). San Antonio boast the best home record in the league at 22-2 and have won six straight games as of Monday afternoon. The Raptors have split the season series witht the Spurs the last three years, but have dropped two straight at AT&T Center.

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By The Numbers
16 1st-quarter points for TOR -- lowest total this season
16 Hornets points off 16 Raptors turnovers
12-8 Fast break points favouring the Raptors
12 Offensive rebounds for the Raps... and Emeka Okafor
4-22 Combined shooting for Calderon & Bargnani
They Said It...
"I wish we would’ve gotten that game. That would’ve been a big game for us. We can’t let it get away from us in the last three minutes of the game."
- DeMar DeRozan, on the loss
Linas Kleiza "You have to give Toronto credit. They played hard, they executed, they exposed us when weren’t playing the right kind of basketball."
- Hornets head coach Monty Williams on earning a win late
Linas Kleiza "It’s tough because if you’re out of position, sometimes you will be behind your guy or under the rim, so it’s real tough. We’ve just got to keep working."
- Ed Davis, on grabbing off. rebounds vs. zone defence