I love it when the Raptors surprise me, even if it does make losses like last Friday’s in Memphis all the more difficult. Chris Bosh and the boys shocked the world tonight in The Big Easy, blowing out Chris Paul and the Hornets 107-90 behind a second half three-point barrage and some rare D.
This one was a thing of beauty — the Raptors got at ’em on the glass (a 51-41 edge) and forced every other Hornet than Paul to beat them. CP3 got his to the tune of 21 and 18 assists, but Bobby Brown and David West were the only others in double figures (16 and 14). Aside from Paul, no Hornet had more than one assist.
Chris Bosh was again the man offensively for the Raptors, going a perfect 9-of-9 and finishing with 27 points and seven boards. Jose Calderon shook his early-season blues with a nice little 16 and eight (with no turnovers) on 6-of-11 and Hedo Turkoglu chipped in 16 of his own. Toronto outscored the Hornets 34-14 in the decisive third quarter, making eight of their 14 total threes in the frame.
So, we’re back on track in Raptorland. Those worries after a pair of embarrassing losses last weekend? Out the window, my friend. Well, at least for one night. The Raps look to make it three in a row tomorrow night in Dallas, where dreams have historically gone to die for this team. Let’s make this the year that changes.