Trailing by 30 late in the third quarter it looked as if the Toronto Raptors were in for a blowout loss against the Charlotte Bobcats. Many teams would have just given up and said it wasn't their night, but not the Raptors. The Raptors clawed back late in the third and trailed by only 18 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Raptors locked in on defense and almost overcame the large deficit. Thanks mostly to the play of their bench, the Raptors trimmed the lead down to one and had a chance to tie at the free throw line. They would miss the free throw and Charlotte would grab the rebound. The game was extended at the free throw line with Charlotte converting, sealing the 100-95 victory.
The Raptors played terrible for two and a half quarters, but showed great fight in trying to come back. Although they failed to come out with the win, the fact that they trimmed a 30 point deficit down to one is an accomplishment. The next step for them is to come out on top. Many teams can erase large deficits, but it is the great teams that steal the win.
With the loss, the Raptors fall back to .500 with a record of 20-20. They have lost three of their last four and their lead in the Atlantic Division is slowly decreasing. With the win, the Bobcats sweep the season series against the Raptors and move to 18-25.
Points By Quarter
Here are some notes from the game:
- Bobcats center Al Jefferson had a double-double after the first quarter with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He finished the game with 22 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists. Jefferson continues to be a huge problem for the Raptors.
- Ramon Sessions was the Bobcats leading scorer with 23 points. Sessions was 6-10 from the field and 10-11 from the free throw line. Despite being without their star in Kemba Walker, the Bobcats got strong production from the point guard position.
- DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 25 points, while Kyle Lowry had 21. Most of DeRozan's points came in the first half, while the majority of Lowry's came in the fourth quarter.
- The Raptors bench scored 44 points as they played a major role in bringing them back in the game. Greivis Vasquez had 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, while Chuck Hayes recorded his first double-double as a Raptor with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Patrick Patterson added eight points and eight rebounds, while Steve Novak was a perfect 3/3 from downtown for nine points.
- The Raptors attempted 29 three pointers and only 10 free throws. They are settling for way too many jump shots and need to start attacking the basket more.
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