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The Manimal with the FINISH!
That concludes the second annual "it's not about Drake" Drake Night. 56 "regular" games to go. How boring.
Patterson: "That Game 7 was definitely on my mind from the time I woke up this morning to even now. It was a bit of revenge, in my eyes"
Valanciunas shot 6-for-7. I told him he missed one. “Pssh, shit happens."
Amir said he hasn’t watched tape of Game 7 again. Patterson said he thinks about it all the time. Including this morning.
105-89 Raps ... Lowry checks in with 6 mins to go and turns a 7pt game into a Bruno sighting. Raps get 40+ pts from bench, as usual.
Imagine what will happen at ACC if Bruno Caboclo eventually becomes ... An NBA player?
Alas, it was Drake Night, not Bruno Night. Raptors win 105-89, Patterson ruins Bruno’s assist.
'Topes win! 105-89. Lowry finished with 20 and 12.
2 years away from having a street named after him.
Patterson just missed a dunk, robbing Bruno of an assist on ESPN!
Bruno love is real. Gets cheered even when he inbounds ball.
Casey just had to point Bruno to middle of scorer's table to check in. Crowd goes crazy.
Standing ovation for Bruno.
Bruno and Drake slap hands as the rookie makes his way to the scorer's table. He'll make his 2nd NBA appearance. Couldn't script it better
Bruno chats with Drake, comes in game. Actually forgot to tell them he was checking in so had to wait.
Bruno coming in
If BRUNO sees even a second of court time the roof is coming off this building.
Stemma coming in as Bruno chant starts. “We want Bruno."
Mason Plumlee makes free throws look impossible. Amazing.
No Bruno chants yet.
Free pizza earned on Drake Night is pepperoni and tears.
Patterson in December: 41-for-70 (59%) FG, 22-for-37 (59%) 3P - double-digit scoring in 8 of 9 games.
Raps go on 11-2 run after Lowry checked in ...
Your 20 win Toronto Raptors. Five more and they will have more than they did in six of their previous seasons.
Confused as to how the ball is not just melting in Patrick Patterson's hands.
A loud "Brooklyn sucks" chant as Joe Johnson goes 0-for-3 on a trip to the line. Night all.
Again, Patrick Patterson has been the best Raptor not named Kyle Lowry this month. He's been crazy good.
Lowry shot attempts w/o DeRozan... first 4 games: 28, 21, 22, 18. Last 6: 13, 18, 10, 19, 12, 11 (tonight). Doing as much or more w/ less
James Johnson has been a quiet difference-maker tonight. What if he was around for last year's series? Who knows. But a real asset now.
James Johnson needs to do something exciting and then yell, “that’s why they brought me here."
Old, tired team is old, tired. Raps by 11.
Both of these teams should stop shooting.
Pierce is biggest name missing from last year's Nets, but no Livingston/Blatche/Thornton/AK is big. Raps 2nd unit annihilating Nets bench
Lou hits a three, takes a charge … Lou-Tang Clan ain’t nothing to F__ Brooklyn with
James Johnson just took an 18-footer early in the clock. Knows his role!
James Johnson has three points, but has been one of most influential Raptors on floor. Game-best +11. Solid minutes
James Johnson just forced Joe Johnson into a turnover. It was cathartic.
Second hook shot for post-master general Greivis Vasquez
Raps up 76-73 after 3. Mason Plumlee has 20, apparently.
Drake is giving his jacket away. But remember, the night is not about Drake, or his jacket.
Valanciunas scored 10 of his team-leading 16 points in the 3rdQ. Drakes go into the 4th with a 3-point advantage.
Traveling has been abolished for Drake Night, apparently.
What if they send Greivis Vasquez to work with Hakeem this summer... The possibilities... Right?
The Raptors need to get serious about defending on the perimeter at some point.
Nice bounce-back game for Vasquez, who just hit a baby-hook, I think.
Patterson has recognized extra attention running at him splendidly. Hooks up JV after taking a dribble, resulting in 2 FTs.
Cancel the Bat Signal on James Johnson. He’s finally back in the game.
Never hurts to have guys like that at the end of your bench. It's a long season. Hayes is another example. Always ready, knows role.
Fields will almost certainly fall out of rotation whenever DeRozan comes back, but he's been a pleasant surprise in his absence. True pro
Fields just went over the 20-minute plateau for the 5th straight game - first time he's done that as a Raptor, first since Apr 2012 w/ NY
Joe Johnson sure likes playing the Raptors.
Casey will leave him up. Raps up 6.
That's a tough call on Lowry ... Esp for his 4th. Casey leaves him in.
Lowry just picked up his fourth foul on a blocking call. A bad blocking call.
Raptors get away with a Lowry and Amir travel on consecutive plays, both buckets.
Team-leading 8th double-double of the campaign for Valanciunas. 14 points, 10 rebounds and counting. He's missed just 1 of his 7 shots
JV and Plumlee a combined 13/16 from the floor ... First one to make the other guy miss wins ...
Former Raptors GM Glen Grunwald in the house watching the game.
Make that 8 of Raps' 11 third-quarter points for JV. 14 points/9 rebounds. Nets don't have an answer for him.
JV coming to life in the 3rdQ. He has 6 of the Raps' first 9 points. Up to 12 points and 9 boards on the night
Drake’s team leads 53-52 at the half somehow.
Raps up 53-52 at the half. Joe Johnson is still a bit of a problem.
Amir's tip-in gives the Raptors their first lead since 6-5 less than 3 minutes into the game
I'll tell you what, that Amir Johnson might be a player.