Posted by: Jeremy | November 4, 2009

Bargnani gets Raps back in win column


Bargnani gave it to 'em raw

Not the most comfortable of wins, but I’ll take it. Andrea Bargnani had 22 points and a career-best 12 boards to get the Raptors back on track with a 110-99 win over the Pistons at the ACC tonight.

This one looked good in the end, though it came with its usual concerns — the Raps saw a 17-point second half lead disappear before eventually putting it away late and had their hands full with a Detroit team that was missing a pair of its best players in Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince. Still, a win is a win, and an especially important one with seven of the next eight on the road.

Aside from Bargnani’s fine night, Toronto picked up 25 and eight from Chris Bosh and 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists from Hedo Turkoglu — his best performance thus far in Raptorland. Jose Calderon had another nightmarish defensive effort and a non-descript offensive night, scoring nine points and adding just one assist in 31 minutes.

So, that leaves us at 2-2 with New Orleans, Dallas and San Antonio coming up on the road. Ugh. Anyway, I’ll check back in with more on the Raps tomorrow.


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