Posted by: Jeremy | November 25, 2009

Raps run past Pacers

I'll still take Jose over T.J.

Hope is restored, citizens of Toronto! The Raptors got our beloved city back in the win column tonight, jumping on the Pacers with 74 first half points en route to a 123-112 win at the ACC. Of course, it wasn’t without the usual second half fun: This time the Raptors saw a 21-point lead slip to five (the fourth time in five home wins they’ve come close to blowing huge leads) before rallying late and putting it away.

Jose Calderon led the Raptors with 21 points on 8-of-11, effectively getting to the hoop early and knocking down a handful of jumpers in what was probably his strongest game of the year. Jarrett Jack continued his recent string of solid play, going 7-of-7 and finishing with 18 points and six assists in 30 minutes off the bench against his former mates.

Calderon and Jack’s efforts weren’t the only strong ones for Toronto, whose first half output was its best since 1999 — Hedo Turkoglu and Andrea Bargnani each had efficient 14-point outings, with Bargnani coming on strong after a sluggish, foul-plagued start. Chris Bosh was just 5-of-19 but had 12 boards and a few big second half blocks.

In all, another up-tempo, catch-me-if-you-can type game for the Raps — a style of play that Toronto fans are going to need to adjust to if they haven’t already. The win bumps the Raps to 7-8 — good for seventh in the East — with a road date in Charlotte Wednesday.



  1. You didn’t even mention your big half-time concourse level celebrity meeting! ME!

  2. I like the new style. It’s good to know they can still put up the points if Bosh has a low scoring night, as he did last night. Of course I’d like it a lot more if they could balance it a bit on the other end.

  3. It’s probably their best chance to win games in the regular season, but it’s not gonna do anything come playoff time. I’m kinda alright with that though, because they’re probably not getting past the first round either way…

  4. @RJ Hatanaka: Glad to have you (and Paulina) back in my life!

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