Raptors' Tank Rolls to a Halt, Crush Nets 98 to 67 in Season Finale (Rapid Recap)


-And just like the 2011-12 season started for the Toronto Raptors, it ended; with a win.

-In a "battle" of two clubs doing as much as possible to lose their final match, it was the New Jersey Nets who put the tank in tanking, putting on a performance that might not have been good enough to beat the Kentucky Wildcats, losing 98 to 67. The Nets shot exactly 30 per cent from the field, played eight players, and of those eight, only three got regular minutes this season.

-So as hard as Toronto tried (the Raps held out DeMar DeRozan and Jose Calderon, Linas Kleiza, Amir Johnson and Aaron Gray did not play), they just weren't bad enough.

-And from this display of tanking 101 we saw some strange individual performances such as Solomon Alabi's 11 point, 19 rebound, 3 block coming out party, and Ed Davis' career-high 24 points to go along with 12 boards.

-But none come close to starting point guard Ben Uzoh's triple double of 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. It was the Raptors' first in 11 years and yes, it was indeed against this Nets team, but it, and his end of season play, might be enough to convince Raps management to bring him back next year in a third stringer role.

-The win tonight gives Toronto a total of 23 on the season, an improvement over last season's 22, especially considering the Raps got to that total in 16 less games. However it could also kill the team's chances at sniffing a top three spot in the draft. A loss by Golden State tonight would mean the Raps and Warriors would tie for seventh, splitting the odds for a shot at Anthony Davis, not exactly what many fans had hoped for just a few weeks ago.

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