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Raptors claw past Grizzlies 99-95

The Grizzlies lose a tough one to the Raptors in a hard fought game.

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The Grizzlies made a heroic effort but in the end couldn't pull out what would've been a gutty win against the Raptors, falling 99-95. Even in the loss, there was some good to take away from the game for the men bearing the name Memphis. All told, 7 different players scored in double figures for the Grizzlies, led by 16 points from Z-Bo on 6-18 shooting. Jordan Farmar, Lance Stephenson, and Xavier Munford (first time I've had to really see that name, wow) each scored 12 points. Tony Allen, JaMychal Green, and Vince Carter had 10 apiece for the Grizz in what I believe was a pretty well-balanced attack.

The only real bummer was the shooting percentages. In a game where both teams flirted with shooting under 40% as a whole, the Grizzlies got the shorter end of the stick as they shot an  anemic 41.1% from the field (compared to a slightly better 42.3% for the Raptors) and 38% from three (compared to 42.9% for the Raptors). There were more than a few ugly games from the field for the Grizzlies. Matt Barnes shot 1-7 (and 0-2 from distance), Lance Stephenson shot 5-15, and Vince Carter went 4-10. Tony Allen shot an even 50% (on 5-10 from the field), but even that isn't really anything to write home about.

Two positives I saw from this game were 1) how well the Grizzlies competed in a game that wasn't their best shooting night. Overall there were 14 lead changes and 11 ties. 2) was the playing time everyone received tonight. Even on a team as riddled with injuries as the Grizzlies are (and perhaps BECAUSE of that), Coach Joerger gave everyone a chance to contribute, with 10 players getting time that ranged from 18-29 Minutes. That's what I call 10 deep.

For the Raptors, DeMar Derozan led with 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Norman Powell chipped in with 14 points and 5 assists on 100% shooting from the field (ok, he went 4-4 for the game and 2-2 from three, but still), Kyle Lowry put in 22 points with 4 threes, and Jonas Valanciuanas added 11 points and 10 rebounds while going 9-10 from the free throw line. Terrance Ross had 12 points on 4-6 from deep off the bench.

The Raptors' next game is tomorrow vs the almighty Spurs. Your Grizzlies play again on Sunday at Orlando to take on the Magic.