Raptors v. Spurs: Andrea Bargnani Beats Tim Duncan at the ACC Again

January 4th, 2010 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
On the night Chris Bosh passed Vince Carter for the most points scored by a Toronto Raptors player, the Raptors beat the San Antonio Spurs 91-86 in a game decided by defense.

And Bosh had a good game: going 10 for 24 from the field, scoring 22 important points, and, reaching 9,248 career points to surpass Vince Carter’s Raptors record of 9,420 in the Toronto Raptors win.

It was Bosh’s night to be recognized for his efforts with the Raptors' franchise.

But it was Andrea Bargnani’s night to defend one of the best power forwards the NBA has ever seen.  Bargnani was left to face Tim Duncan one-on-one on the elbow and in the post all night as Jay Triano’s plan was to stay on shooters and take away the Spurs three-point opportunities.

And Bargnani’s defense in the post was outstanding.

With Duncan coming off the bench instead of starting, Bargnani blocked layups from Theo Ratliff and Manu Ginobili in the first quarter to help set the tone for the Raptors' defense in this game.

And Duncan played 29 minutes after entering the game with two minutes gone in the second quarter, forcing Bargnani to play 41.5 min ...

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