The Raptors undermanned roster could have packed it in when they were down 88-76 with 8:26 to play, but they battled back to take the lead with a 16-3 run in about four-and-half minutes.
That set up a furious back-and-forth with three lead changes and three more game-tying buckets. But on Memphis' final possession, Rudy Gay elevated baseline and drilled a 14-foot fadeaway that put the Grizz ahead by two with 0.8 seconds to play. Toronto couldn't get a shot off on the ensuing inbounds play and the result was an eighth straight defeat.
A really solid balanced effort all around for the Grizzlies, but Gay was good overall and even better down the stretch in this one. He hit two free throws to put Memphis up by three with 4:32 to play then used an offensive rebound and dunk to regain the lead with 3:38 to go.
His game-winner with under a second to play was huge, but he wasn't done there -- blocking a desperation attempt from Sundiata Gaines and grabbing the loose ball to secure the win.
Rolling seven deep isn't how any team was to enter a game, but Monday's game offered a good glimpse into what some of Toronto's youth has to offer with a game on the line. In the cases of Jerryd Bayless and Ed Davis, those results were impressive.
Filling for an under-the-weather Jose Calderon, Bayless scored 15 points and notched career highs in assists (11) and rebounds (eight) with a pair of steals. Davis meanwhile, had a potent fourth quarter defensively with three of his career-high five blocks.
"We challenged it well and we had our best defender, we think, on him. We knew exactly what they were going to do; it was going to be an isolation. If you run somebody else at him then he’ll make passes. If you can get a guy to shoot a fade-away jumper late in the game, we kind of want that."
- Jay Triano, on the final shot from the Grizzlies
Wed., Jan. 26 vs. Philadelphia
7:00 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590
The last time the Raptors hosted the Sixers this season, they earned a 106-90 win for a season-high four-game win streak. They aim to avoid a nine-game losing streak this time around and extend their season series lead to 3-0. The Sixers have won four of six, including a 105-95 home win over the Suns on Monday.
|986||Raps consecutive game streak with at least one 3-pointer, which ended Monday|
|5||Career-high in blocks for Ed Davis|
|27||Career-high field goal attempts for Andrea Bargnani|
|27-14||Second-chance points favouring the Grizzlies|
|9||Rebounds from D.DeRozan, matching a career-high|
|"Yeah, tough shot. Rudy (Gay) has done that plenty of times this season, get to his right hand and he elevates so high it’s tough to even block it."|
- DeMar DeRozan on the final shot
|"They did some nice stuff in their zone, nice stuff offensively to keep getting them back. Ultimately, we made the big shot to win the game and the big defensive play at the end."|
- Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins on his team's win
|"I think Ed has a chance to be extremely special defensively. He’s a rookie, so the numbers aren’t going to be there every night but right now defensively I think he is one of the best timers and shot blockers in the league already."|
- Jerryd Bayless, on the play of Ed Davis