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The Toronto Raptors dropped a 105 to 96 decision to the Sacramento Kings tonight, snapping their five game home winning streak.
"It was just a bad game on our behalf."
Ed Davis' post-game quote summed things up nicely as indeed, the Toronto Raptors, who some may have said were due for a bad game, certainly served one up.
After a neck-and-neck first half, the Dinos fell apart in the third quarter, getting out-scored 28 to 10, hitting a horrific three of the 21 shots they attempted.
Things went downhill from there and although the final score seemed reasonably close, this one was essentially over before the fourth quarter began.
Raptors MVP: Ed Davis
There wasn't much to choose from tonight as pretty much every individual player on the Raptors had an "off" game in some sense. Davis was by no means perfect himself but he played 41 minutes and stayed out of foul trouble despite often being left to fend for himself against the monster, DeMarcus Cousins. He also had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, and threw in three blocks for good measure.
Raptors LVP: Aaron Gray
It was a close call between Gray and "everyone but Ed Davis," but Gray gets the nod. The team really could have used his size and defence against Cousins but he was awful at both ends, fumbling passes, rotating at the speed of the planet earth, and fouling for no reason.
Comment of the Night: Tie - Via bp:
Casey, the wings aren't low on players anymore. Take out Pietrus, please and thankyou.
And via Jenge:
Raps also exposed for lacking in the "beast" department
Best & Worst Leo/Matt Quotes
It was Matt and Jack tonight, Jack, on his 50th birthday, was in fine form.
Favourites though were:
(As the Kings blew open the game:) "People are just hungry for a winner, and I hope they get it soon!"
(As the game wound down and it was obvious Toronto was on the wrong side of a beat-down:) "Peacock today, feather duster tomorrow!"
Cousins set the tone early for Sacramento and had 31 points and 20 rebounds. Toronto for the second time this season had no answer for him, (Amir fouled out in only nine minutes) and his play opened things up for Sacramento's back-court and wings.
On the other end, Toronto couldn't get anything going. A lot of credit has to go to the Kings' D though, who held Toronto to 38 per cent shooting, and prevented DeMar DeRozan, Alan Anderson and the other wings from getting anything easy. (Raps' wings were a combined 15 of 41.) Without driving or passing lanes, the club turned the ball over more than usual, and was forced to bomb away from the perimeter to score points.
The result was 33 three-point attempts, only 11 of which went down. Considering the club's other issues, they needed to hit the long-ball at a much higher clip than that if they wanted to grab the W.
Onto the box score:
And the next game, which is Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.