Being honest about it this game was a good cure for if you have trouble getting to sleep for most of the night. If you didn’t you were rewarded with a pretty cool moment for the Raptors and DeMar DeRozan. It is so rare to have the Raptors playing on Thursday night. This game was not on TNT but normally a Thursday night affair is on TNT. This was one of those rare games scheduled on Thursday not on the national broadcast in the U.S.
The Raptors after a 6-0 run to start the game would eventually find themselves trailing 18-10 later in the Quarter. They would rally to lead by 2 after one. It was this type of night where both teams could not seem to maintain and advantage.
Amir Johnson was having a big night in this one early. He ended up with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds and if not some late heroics would be the story in this game.
It was an all too familiar situation with the Raptors allowing a lead to slip away in the late going. The game seemed set to go to overtime where the Raptors are a terrible 1-5. The Raptors had a few seconds left but they never make last second shots. A long chuck from Jose Calderon or some forced hero ball effort from Kyle Lowry and let’s move on.
That is what you would expect to happen but it was DeMar DeRozan with the ball in his hands with the game on the line and he would nail the shot win the game at the buzzer.
Words do not do it justice. If you missed it have a look, if you saw it have a look again and be amazed:
This was a big break through moment for DeRozan. Sure it is just a win over the Magic and in the grand scheme of things likely means little. That said for a team that has lost so many close games and for a player in DeRozan that has had a forgettable January until last night.
Make the final Raptors 97 Magic 95 as the strange schedule week continues with a rare Saturday Night home affair against the Cavs. I will be in the house for that one. Hard to think it can be more exciting than the end of this one.