Raptors Rally From Nine Down For Victory
Posted Jul 15 2009 11:23PM
LAS VEGAS, July 15 - The Toronto Raptors (2-2) rallied from nine down in the fourth quarter to claim a 74-73 victory over the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night in the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS from the COX Pavilion in Las Vegas. The Raptors got game-ending heroics from DeMar DeRozen and Ekene Ibekwe, who nailed the game-winning basket and blocked a last second shot, respectively.
The Raptors rallied in the final 7:28 and got the game-winning basket via alley-oop from DeRozen with 46 seconds remaining in the game. The Suns’ Goran Dragic went coast-to-coast with seven seconds remaining and put up a running jumper that was swatted away by Ibekwe. Unfortunately, Ibekwe landed awkwardly and had to be taken off the court via stretcher.
The Suns appeared to have the game in hand after taking the last of six lead changes in the third quarter. Phoenix pushed out to a nine-point cushion 2:32 into the fourth thanks to a jumper by Taylor Griffin.
Toronto’s offense came alive nearly 20 second later on two successful free throws by Quinton Douby, who helped spearhead the come-from-behind win. Douby had 10 of his squad’s final 18 points during the rally, while contributing 16 for the game.
The game featured 13 lead changes and 12 ties. The contest was a stalemate through the first 20 minutes with it knotted up at 34. Toronto held a one-point edge through the first 10 minutes with a 15-14 lead, but watched as Phoenix turned the tables and scored one more point in the second frame.
DeRozan led all scorers with 20 points off 9-of-16 shooting. Roko Ukic joined DeRozan and Douby in double figures with 10 of his own.
Phoenix was got a double-double from Earl Clark, who had a team-high 13 points and 12 boards. Robin Lopez notched 11 points to round out the 10-point scorers for the Suns.