Toronto Raptors Show Grit in Loss to Denver Nuggets

March 27th, 2010 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
After a couple of really poor efforts at home, the Toronto Raptors came to life against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

But in the end, it wasn’t enough as Toronto fell 97-96 on a buzzer beater by Carmelo Anthony after a mad scramble for the ball.

The game was notable for several reasons.

The Raptors outworked their opponent on this night. Consider the following statistics:

— 58-38 edge in rebounds.
— 6-1 block advantage.
— 47.1 to 41.2 shooting percentage in the Raptors favor.

All say Toronto deserved to win this game.

Sonny Weems got the start over DeMar DeRozan and their stats and their play say IT'S ABOUT TIME!  Both players had good games.

Hedo Turkoglu missed the game because of illness, and Antoine Wright was solid as his replacement.

Marco Belinelli also got some time and played well on both ends of the floor.

But the Raptors faced some obstacles they were unable to overcome.

1. Toronto turned the ball over 18 times, versus seven for Denver.
2. Denver got to the free throw line 31 times versus just 16 f ...

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