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How does a 19 point lead sound Raptors fans? Good enough for a win? Not good enough apparently as Toronto loses to Philadelphia in overtime, dropping a third-straight match.
So the Toronto Raptors jump out to a 28 to 20 first-quarter lead, increase said lead to 17 at the half, and 19 soon after and...
If you didn't tune into this game and read those first few sentences, you knew exactly where I was going didn't you? After all, heartbreaking losses seem to be the modus operendi for this team this season.
Tonight it was again one horrific quarter that brought about the collapse as Toronto scored only 13 third-quarter points to Philadelphia's 29. The fourth quarter was fairly neck-and-neck in terms of scoring, but the momentum was clearly on the side of the Sixers, something they carried through to the eventual overtime session, and ending in a 108 to 101 win.
The Raps had their chances. Hell, they were up by four points with eight seconds left on the clock, two Alan Anderson free-throws giving what appeared to be a fairly safe Toronto, two possession lead.
But as we've learned, no lead is safe with these Dinos, and Spencer Hawes had a quick put-back to drop said lead to only two with about five seconds left, and the rest was classic Toronto Raptors' basketball.
-The Raptors failed to inbound the ball, calling a time-out, only to re-set, and have Jose Calderon throw a tough pass that Alan Anderson fumbled out of bounds.
-Fumbled...or...as the replays showed, was pushed by Nick Young.
-In any event, Sixers ball with five seconds left and Jrue Holiday fakes out his defender, drives to the hoop, and drops in a tear-drop with only a second left on the clock.
Kyle Lowry heaved one up at the buzzer, but it was not to be.
Indeed, it was Philly's game to lose after this point and while they made their shots in OT, Toronto didn't, hitting only two of the seven shots they took. Holiday was the star, scoring 33 points and 14 assists, and Toronto had no answer for him or Thaddeus Young, who had 27 points and 14 rebounds of his own.
No, I think I'll leave it at that for now.
Tomorrow's another day and I'll be digging into not just this game, but some of the ramifications of the loss as the Raps drop to 14 and 26, and now face two tough match-ups in the Lake Show and Heat, and heading into said matches in a bit of a tailspin.