Look what we have here — a win? Twenty-four hours after a washout against the Wizards, the Raptors rolled into Philly and found a less-than-worthy opponent in the Sixers, who they held off with a late defensive push in a 94-86 win. Andrea Bargnani had 30 points, including a couple late buckets to pull Toronto even and then help put it away, and added seven boards to bump the Raps’ record to 3-9.
Bargnani’s 30 was a season-high and marked the eighth time in 12 outings where he’s scored 20 points or more, though he did it with a tad of efficiency this time around: His 12-of-18 from the field was his best line of the year, helping bump his field goal percentage up 21 points from the 42.3% mark he came in with. That, though, after a horrendous 12-point, two-rebound night on 3-of-13 in Washington on Tuesday. Not to complain about what Bargnani put up last night, but I’m quite sure nights like this leave just about everyone scratching their heads and wondering when we’re gonna get some consistency from the big fella.
Toronto also got a career-best effort from Sonny Weems, who scored 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting, giving him double figures in six straight games, all of which he’s made at least half of his shots. Since being plopped in the starting lineup Friday, Weems has averaged 17.5 points in four games and shot 58.3% from the floor, including making a tie-breaking three in the closing seconds in Orlando to help the Raps escape with an improbable win. His 25 last night was the most he’s scored in his 92-game career, up from the 23 he had in Utah a couple weeks ago.
The Raps also got solid games from Reggie Evans, who grabbed 14 boards while Amir Johnson lingered in foul trouble much of the night, and Jose Calderon, who had 12 points, five rebounds and eight assists in 25 minutes off the bench. So yeah, add Jose to the list of players that can’t seem to get it together and produce on a consistent basis: Like Bargnani, he was horrible against the Wizards, chipping in three points on 1-of-8 in 17 minutes.
The win means Toronto finishes its four-game road swing at 2-2, which is more than can be expected most trips. Now with three wins in 12 games for the season, they’re home to face the Rockets Friday, followed by dates with the great Rajon Rondo and the Celtics on Sunday and the loveable Sixers on Wednesday.