So that's why the Toronto Raptors traded for Rudy Gay.
Gay had hit only 9 of his 25 shots but his basket with 1.2 seconds left in overtime proved to be the game winner and the Toronto Raptors came away with a 100 to 98 victory over the Indian Pacers.
The Pacers had a shot to win or tie it but Paul George's 17-foot jumper rolled in and out giving the Dinos their 18th win on the season, and halting a two-game losing streak.
For This Win, We Can Thank...
...obviously Gay, as he made the deciding shot.
But this one wouldn't have gone to overtime had DeMar DeRozan not poured in 22 of his own points, including nine free-throw attempts.
And Amir Johnson (more on him later) and Jonas Valanciunas played major parts too.
Hell, even Bargs was pretty damn good. Playing 29 minutes off the bench, Bargnani showed some nice fight and had 14 points on a very efficient 7 of 10 shooting.
The club simply refused to go quietly into the night despite being bullied by the physical Pacers all match, and it was a true team effort that got the club to the final seconds of regulation, still neck-and-neck with Indy.
Then Amir Johnson took over.
The MVP goes to Amir Johnson, who was the real reason this game went to extra sessions. Johnson had four points and two offensive rebounds in the game's final six seconds to to tie things up, including a ridiculous sequence where he crossed over DJ Augustin, took a wild shot at the hoop, and put-back his own miss!
And if you kept watching, you saw Amir then start OT off with a block and a dunk for good measure.
He finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks and continues to be the team's unheralded MVP this season.
Kyle Lowry gets the nod.
He had six assists to two turnovers, but I'd imagine Raptors' fans were expecting more than six points in a game like this on 1 of 4 shooting. And apparently the Raps' coaching staff weren't super enthused with his play tonight either as John Lucas III played the bulk of the fourth quarter, finally ceding the PG spot to Lowry with about three minutes to go.
Comment of the game:
Don't think anything else needs to be said here.
Matt and Jack Classics:
Matt and Jack can be a bit over the top with their antics, and borderline annoying at times, but tonight was just off the rails. From Matt openly BEGGING for foul calls to Jack Armstrong suggesting he'd "jack up" Tyler Hansbrough after the play shown below, it was completely out of hand, not to mention unprofessional.
That being said, Hansbrough was auditioning for an MMA spot this weekend right?
We'll have the full recap in the AM as usual but for the Pacers side of the story, make sure you check out the crew at Indy Cornrows.