After a very controversial ending in Charlotte during the first meeting between the two teams, the Toronto Raptors made sure there would be no close ending in this one, as they blew-out the Charlotte Bobcats, 99-78. This one was not close right from the get go, as the Raptors cruised to an easy win tonight. Everyone contributed in their own way tonight, as it was yet again another encouraging performance.
The Raptors opened up the game going a 10-2 run, and never showed any signs of slowing down since. Thanks enlarge part to the three-ball; the Raptors were able to extend their lead, not allowing the Bobcats a chance for a comeback. The game was not once close, and the Raptors did an excellent job by not letting up, even with such big lead. Whether it was from the starters, or the second-unit, the Raptors offense was fluent yet again.
For the second game in a row, the Raptors held their own on the defensive end, and failed to give up 80+ points once again. Despite the Bobcats having five players in double-digits scoring wise, nothing was flowing for them offensively at all. Their guard play, which has been their primary source of offense throughout this season, was shutdown not only in transition, but along the perimeter as well. The Raptors held Charlotte to 37% shooting from the field, and did not allow for anything easy when guarding their own hoop. Although the Bobcats are one of the worst teams in the league, it was nice to see the Raptors continue their defensive stance, as they’re slowly becoming one of the league’s best on the defensive end.
The Raptors have been fairly good on the glass as of late, and managed to out-rebound their opponent tonight once again (48-41). Offensive boards were a huge benefit for the Raptors in this one, as they hauled down twenty-one, which lead to 22 second chance points. The trio of , Ed Davis, Landry Fields and Amir Johnson were all over the glass Wednesday night against the Sixers (as combined for 32 rebounds), and were active on the glass as well tonight, combining for 27 rebounds.
Game Ball: For the second time in a row, the game ball goes to none other than Jose Calderon. Calderon, who finished with 15 points and 6 assists, was the conductor for the Raptors on the offensive-end, allowing them to get off to a terrific start. He set the tempo offensively early, and allowed it to carry over throughout the rest of the game. He is averaging a double-double as starter, and continues to impress while in that role.