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Today in Raptorland - 11/20/08



Raptors Rewind- From Miami FLA

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There was still 3:42 left to play and this game was very much up for grabs. Raptors coming out of a time out could not score. But a Quinn 3-ball would no fall for the Heat. But Raptors would not convert again and this time Wade would score. J.O would have an answer on the other end. Heat had the ball of a Raptor failed trip but Jose Calderon made a steal and would finish it with the score on the drive. That made the lead 5 points very late in the 4th. Would that be the play that would seal it up for the Raptors? Just over a minute to go. Dwyane Wade still had some fight with a basket. A.P would respond with a 3 pointer. Wade had another 2 pointer. The lead was 4 points. A Quinn miss and Raptor reound bt O'Neal ( his 16th) would be it perhaps. J.O was fouled but Miami was not over the limit. Parker would then be fould with just 7.9 seconds remaining. What a remarkable turn around for A.P as he now had 19 points after that 0-5 shooting start. The score was 101-95. The Heat would get one last chance but they could not convert and that would be the final score. Raptors get the win and move to 6-5 with the win.

Some great performances from a lot of folks. Andrea Bargnani, Jermaine O'Neal and Anthony Parker all played big roles. But the difference of having Jose Calderon back was very obvious in every minute he was on the floor. For all the stats including the minutes check out the boxscore.


Welcome back!

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Having been a spectator the night before, Calderon was well-aware of the turnover problems the team had in his absence. But what got his attention was the way a handful of key Raptors never really got involved. So, Calderon made it his personal mission to rectify that. His success was as plain as the 19 points Anthony Parker contributed or the 25 the Raptors got out of Andrea Bargnani.
The horror, revisited

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"We didn't start shooting the ball as well and a lot has to do with Jose Calderon not being in there," O'Neal said. "He is the one who sets up our offence. He is the one that is not only going to push the ball but make sure that guys get in the right places and get in areas that they can score the basket."
Turnovers tamed down with Calderon back

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As happy as he was with being able to get back in the lineup, Calderon cautioned there still is some discomfort in that right leg but it's no longer where he can't play on it.

"It's going to be a while before I am 100%, but I think it's pretty good to go," he said.
NBA Notes

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After back-to-back dazzling games in his first two NBA starts, the undrafted rookie from Georgia Tech probably won't be unknown much longer. Morrow followed up his 37-point starting debut against the Clippers last Saturday with 25 more Tuesday night against Portland in a game that began with a standing ovation.


Calderon supplies spark

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Wade made it a game almost single-handedly. The Raptors led by 17 points with 2:02 remaining in the third, but Wade scored eight points in that quarter's final 1:47 to whittle the gap to 10. And after a furious Heat rally to begin the fourth period, the Raptors were down 84-83. It was an 18-point swing from up 17 to down one in a matter of five minutes and 23 seconds.

But Calderon came up with some timely work in the dying moments. With the Raptors up 94-91 and the Heat threatening to draw closer with 1:17 left to play, Calderon stole the ball from Chris Quinn and, on the ensuing possession, scored on a tough left-handed layup to give the Raptors a five-point lead with 1:09 to play.


Calderon's return heats up Raptors

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Bargnani, in particular, looked comfortable as he picked up two quick fouls on Heat rookie Michael Beasley by putting the ball on the floor and putting the defensively challenged newcomer on his heels. He hit a triple, scored a three-point play and picked up a couple more easy baskets in the paint, including a dunk on a drop-off by Calderon, to score 10 of the Raptors' 17 points in an opening spurt that gave them an 11-point lead midway through the quarter.While the Raptors took better care of the ball - Will Solomon finished the half with just one giveaway against four assists after making 11 turnovers - they still struggled in other areas, most notably keeping slashing ballhandlers out of the paint.


Calderon returns, Raptors beat Heat

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Andrea Bargnani had 25 points, a night after looking lost in Orlando. Jermaine O'Neal had 16 points to go along with 17 rebounds. Anthony Parker added 19 points.

The latter was perhaps the most surprising. Parker went scoreless in the opening half, and was the defensive victim of a spectacular run by Dwyane Wade in the second half.


Dwyane Wade scores 40, but Miami Heat fall to Toronto Raptors

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Dwyane Wade electrified the crowd with season highs of 40 points and 11 assists, but it wasn't enough to overcome Toronto's hot three-point shooting.
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Wade scored 25 points in the second half and seemed motivated after picking up a flagrant foul, his first of the season, with 1:35 left in the third quarter.

The Heat trailed 77-61 at the time and Wade scored six consecutive points to close the quarter and cut the Heat's deficit to 10.

''It got me kind of mad because I'm not that kind of guy,'' Wade said.


Despite Wade's 40, Heat comeback foiled

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It wasn't all over-the-top misery for the Heat on a night Toronto shot 9 of 13 on 3-pointers.

The inside story was written by Raptors center Jermaine O'Neal, who finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds, and power forward Chris Bosh, who closed with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

"You really need to be able to collapse your defense to be able to handle those guys," Spoelstra said.
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