Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points for Toronto and Kyle Lowry had 24, including 12 in the fourth quarter when the Raptors cut a 17-point lead to one with 2:18 left.
You can put that one on the list, too.
Throughout the fourth quarter the Raptors slowly chipped away at the Nuggets lead, and a Terrence Ross three pointer eventually cut the lead to 3 with two minutes left.
Turnovers and rebounding issues left Toronto in a serious hole heading into the fourth quarter. They trailed by 17, with 6 minutes to go and should be commended for clawing their way back into this game. Intensity on defence and aggressiveness on offence, brought the deficit down to one. An admirable effort, in a very difficult place to win on the road.
“Turnovers,” Casey said. “Turnovers. The second unit came in and didn’t work to get open, (Denver) played the passing lanes and we weren’t strong with the ball. All the little things. Altitude kicked in. I thought we fought through that and got our second wind but they were the aggressors creating turnovers with their second unit that really turned the game.”
A 19 point deficit was erased to 1 point, yet it was the same old result that the Toronto Raptors were all too familiar with this season: a close game loss, falling to the Denver Nuggets 113-110. What can I say- the Raptors take another close loss, but moral victories aren’t going to impact the win column.
This win was strictly nominal. In no way did this feel like a victory. Here the Nuggets are after a long break, at home, against one of the worst teams in the NBA and they did their absolute best to try and choke it all away.
“We stopped making shots, they started making shots. NBA teams are going to make runs and they made their run late.” — Corey Brewer, on the Raptors’ rally
The Denver Nuggets held a comfortable lead for most of the night, then staved off a rally from the Toronto Raptors to win, 113-110, on Monday night in Denver.
A late three by Amir Johnson (his second three on the season) and a missed free throw Kenneth Faried gave the Raptors a chance to send tonight’s game to overtime. Luckily for the Nuggets, DeMar DeRozan’s bomb didn’t connect and Denver held on to win 113-110.