Posted by: Jeremy | December 8, 2009

Raps find a way to get it done


Jack filled in admirably

It wasn’t pretty, but at least now we know the Raptors can grind one out if need be. Even on a night where their shooting stroke rivaled Reggie Evans jeans in terms of ugliness, Chris Bosh and the fellas were able to bump to a hard-fought 94-88 win over the T-Wolves at the ACC.

The Raptors failed to connect from the land beyond until late in the fourth, and Matt Devlin made sure to point out that the team’s three-point streak was in jeopardy about 1,721 times throughout the night. Luckily, Andrea Bargnani came to the rescue just in time, nailing a trey-beezo from up top to give Toronto a late two-possession lead. The T-Wolves clawed back to tie things, but a Hedo Turkoglu steal and slam and a once-in-a-lifetime dagger from Antoine Wright (yes, that Antoine Wright) put it out of reach.

Toronto managed to win despite shooting just 32.1% (26-of-81) from the field, picking up 21 points and 16 boards from Chris Bosh to help pick up the slack. Jarrett Jack filled in for an injured Jose Calderon, finishing with a fine line of 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in his first start and Turkoglu strung together a nice fourth quarter, scoring 13 of his 16 in the frame. DeMar DeRozan continued to grow out of his baby teeth, scoring 15 in 25 minutes and even saw some floor in the fourth with the score close. The Raps’ five starters combined to get to the free throw line 44 times, making 37 in what essentially was the difference.

A home game against Minnesota should never be this close, but this one is satisfying in the way the Raptors won. Every team is going to have poor shooting games now and then, and it’s a bonus when they’re able to find a way to win on such nights, even if it’s against a weak opponent. Even better, tonight’s win is a season-high third in a row, bringing Toronto to 10-13. A date with rookie chucker Brandon Jennings and the Bucks looms tomorrow night.

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