Bayless, Forbes, lead Raptors to Strange OT Win in Memphis Against Grizz (Rapid Recap)


-As if this Friday night couldn't have gotten any weirder. First, we have upsets galore in the NCAA tournament including not one, but TWO number two seeds being knocked off (Missouri and yes, my Duke Blue Devils), then, the Raptors and Grizzlies play one of the strangest matches, one that does eventually end up in 114 to 110 win for the Dinos.

-But man, talk about dragging things out. Toronto looked to have this one under control, even as Memphis made a late game run. However the Raps have hardly been one of the league's best at closing games out and as the game's final minute ticked away, so did Toronto's lead. Rudy Gay hit two big 3's, including a near buzzer-beater, to tie things and send a game to overtime that should have mercifully ended in the third quarter.

-And that was just the start of the strangeness. Multiple lead changes, head-shaking decision making from both clubs, and some of the strangest reffing Raptors' fans have likely seen in some time. During one stretch a lane violation (on the shooter, Jerryd Bayless no less), and a carry were called back to back. You would have thought NCAA officials were working this one!

-In the end, even a brain cramp by Bayless, who fouled Mike Conley Jr. in the midst of a three-pointer while the Raps were up three, and with seconds to go, couldn't give the W to Memphis and the Raps now head to Charlotte to finish off this road trip. Bayless was instrumental in the win, in a variety of ways, and finished with a very nice line of 28 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds. He got a nice boost from fake Leandro Barbosa too, Gary Forbes, who had a very efficient 20 points in 29 minutes, and others like Andrea Bargnani (8 of 9 from the free-throw line) and James Johnson (14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and FOUR steals.)

-A combined 89 free throws meant this one seemed to never end and unfortunately, the Raps now must turn around and face the Bobcats in less than 24 hours.

-Wait...forget unfortunately.

-New Jersey, Washington and Detroit all lost tonight...

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Raptors HQ

You must be a member of Raptors HQ to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Raptors HQ. You should read them.

Join Raptors HQ

You must be a member of Raptors HQ to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Raptors HQ. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker