Posted by: Jeremy | October 28, 2009

King Bargnani, Bosh lead Raps to opening win


Throw it down, big man

Step aside, LeBron — there’s a new king in town. Andrea Bargnani led Toronto with 28 points and the Raptors weathered a second-half Cavs run to take the season opener 101-91.

I’ve watched thousands of basketball games in my life but still haven’t comprehended that it’s a game of runs. Not that I counted Cleveland out after the Raps built a 20-point first half lead, but I was about ready to write the season off after a third quarter three-point barrage pulled the Cavs even. I started getting flashbacks to that hellish night in Boston last November when the Celtics overcame a big deficit and ended up pounding us, aka the Kevin Garnett “Bring It On” game. Toronto bounced back tonight though, re-extending the lead to 13 in the fourth to put it away.

Chris Bosh had 21 points and 16 boards but struggled from the field, shooting 6-of-17. Still, he stayed aggressive in the second half, getting to the line 12 times in total. Bosh, Bargnani and Rasho Nesterovic kept Shaq in check too, limiting him to 12 points and seven rebounds. The Big Diesel, actually, was brutal — his six missed shots were from a combined two feet and he spent much of the fourth quarter on the bench. In total, Shaq was a Kevin Durant-esque -25.

Other notables for the Raptors: Jose Calderon scored just five points but had 11 assists, Marco Belinelli had 10 in 19 minutes off the bench and Hedo Turkoglu had 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in his debut. DeMar DeRozan looked comfortable in his first NBA game, scoring eight points in 24 minutes.

Anyway, a fine start to the season. I’ll check back in tomorrow with some more analysis on the win.


  1. 40 wins. up or down. 1st. game is too much emotion and nerves to judge the team properly.
    I don’t know how good they will be, but I know the Chris Bosh soap opera is about to take it up a couple notches!!!!! where will he go? will he stay? Isn’t he heading to NYC with LaBron next year? will his knee hold up? is his hair real? will he stay in T.O. for max cash? will they make the play offs?
    tune in tomorrow for all the fun!!!

  2. Yeah, we learned last season that the first week of the season doesn’t mean anything. The Jays even proved the first quarter of the year means nothing. Still, an impressive win against one of the league’s top teams. I’ll take it!

  3. i have nothing to contribute to this but i just wanna say, i really wanna go to a raps game this year

  4. Let’s go! An excuse for you to come down to Toronto!

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