Monday, September 1, 2014

Raptors fall in OT

TORONTO—The strong play of the Toronto Raptors’ reserves was marred by a questionable call last night.
Chicago’s Luol Deng hit an 18-foot pull-up jump shot to give the Bulls a 107-105 lead with 3.3 seconds left in overtime.

Toronto called a time-out and on the ensuing in-bound pass, Amir Johnson got hold of the ball.
Bulls’ forward Joakim Noah fouled Johnson as he threw the ball, but the referee didn’t call a personal foul.
Instead, the Raptors had to in-bound the ball again with a second left on the clock.
Jose Calderon’s shot from three-point range bounced off the rim to seal Chicago’s win.
“There was pretty much nobody else to pass to, so I decided to go to the basket and try to draw a foul,” noted Johnson.
“I thought it was a shooting foul but the ref said it was on the floor.
“You just have to check that call up,” he added. “I thought I shot the ball.”
Head coach Dwane Casey also was disappointed in the officiating, particularly the non-call on Johnson.
“I hope the league looks at that last play of the game when Amir Johnson gathers the shot going up,” said Casey.
“I don’t know who he’s passing to, but I just hope they watch it. I hope they watch it.”
That missed call ruined a strong performance by Toronto’s ailing bench. Johnson, who played through a nagging ankle injury after entering the game for Aaron Gray with just over seven minutes left in the first, had five points and 10 rebounds.
Alan Anderson, who had to have a tooth repaired before last night’s game after it was damaged Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets, led the Raptors (14-25) with 27 points.
Kyle Lowry, meanwhile, scored 26 points, and added seven assists and five rebounds even after tweaking his ankle in the 113-106 loss to the Nets.
Lowry felt he and the rest of the reserves had something to prove after Toronto’s bench was outscored 43-7 in the Raptors 107-96 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.
“The bench did not play well during the Milwaukee game and we didn’t give the team anything,” he acknowledged.
“We made a conscious effort to play better and give the team a little bit more.”
Elsewhere, Orlando beat Indiana 97-86, Atlanta downed Brooklyn 109-95, Dallas trimmed Houston 105-100, Oklahoma City bounced Denver 117-97, and New Orleans upended Boston 90-78.
San Antonio bombed Memphis 103-82, Sacramento nipped Washington 95-94, Cleveland beat Portland 93-88, and Miami dumped Golden State 92-75.

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