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Today in Raptorland - 11/17/08

Solomon's will leads to Raptors' victory

"It makes your job easier just keep your man in front of you, play hard-nosed defence and get Chris Bosh and Jermaine and Bargnani, all those guys, the ball," Solomon said. "Just keep them happy and the ones who are going (well at the moment), just keep getting them the ball."
Raptors build from front line out

"I can't remember," coach Sam Mitchell said and it was Mitchell's call to sit the scattered Jamario Moon and reinsert Bargnani into the starting lineup. "Early on we got the ball to Andrea and he was able to score, which got us going. He made some plays driving the ball (and) caused some matchup problems," said Mitchell, who added, "Jamario played well coming off the bench.

"I just thought Andrea gave us a lift to start the game because he was scoring and really aggressive with the basketball."

Large and in charge

"That's what we have to do every night," said O'Neal, who was able to overcome his 4-for-14 short circuit with his defence. "You can't shoot badly and not play defence, that's the worst combination possible."
Enlarged heart puts Jawai's future in the NBA in jeopardy

"The fact that nothing got worse over the first six weeks of inactivity seems to indicate it may be something he has had his whole life. I wouldn't say it's nothing to worry about, it's definitely a big concern. But to say his career is in jeopardy might be a little bit premature. Obviously if the results come back negatively (next month), things are getting worse, that would put his career in jeopardy."

O'Neal leads Raptors' charge

O'Neal figures the Pacers were startled not only by Toronto's big starting lineup, but also by the speed and quickness all three forwards possess.

O'Neal's biggest moment in the game came midway through the fourth quarter when he sneaked up on Miami guard Dan Quinn, who was driving the ball to the basket, and made a crowd-pleasing block.

Miami sharpshooter Dwyane Wade, who was forced to fire up 31 shots to earn his 29 points, scored three consecutive baskets during a 10-0 run that cut the Toronto lead down to five.

Raptors hold off Heat to snap two-game skid

"I'm still not where I want to be offensively," O'Neal said. "I still don't quite have that explosion. But I know what I have to do is be effective, every single night. Whatever that's going to be, whether it is rebounding, blocking shots, scoring, that's what I have got to do for this team to do well."

Heat battered on boards in loss to Raptors

The Raptors entered ranked 30th in the NBA in rebounding.

"They were the worst rebounding team in the league and they outrebounded us by 17," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said, "so we can blame ourselves."

"They absolutely pounded us on the glass, which I was very surprised about," Spoelstra said. "I thought we were going to be able to rebound and get out and play our game."
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