The new timeout rules nearly came into play to hurt the Raptors last night but it also made for a more free-flowing finish to an exciting game. Brooklyn's Joe Harris finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds in the contest. The reigning Western Conference player of the week, Curry has scored at least 29 points in seven straight games with 30 or more in six of those games.
In overtime, with the score tied at 111, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry went up for a rebound and came crashing down like he was wearing a weighted vest.
Dirk Nowitzki turned back the clock and matched his season high of 20 points to help Dallas defeat visiting Orlando. The Raptors have been in great form, but will now have to suit up against the Cavs minus two of their best players. DeRozan led the Raptors with 35 points. Playing it safe is the right call, however much pain they may endure in the interim.
The Raptors media relations team tweeted that the diagnosis was acute back spasms. Vegas has typically been fairly accurate when predicting totals of Raptors games, with 19 overs compared to 18 unders.
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Offensively, the Jaguars averaged 27.1 points and 375.1 total yards (229.8 in passing and 145.3 in rushing) per game. If he can be effective, it will be a big boost for a Steelers offense that relies heavily on their All-Pro receiver.
Tempers flared between the two teams in a very physical game. The Raptors had a much better turnover percentage (7.3 vs. 20.7) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (26.2 vs. 15.0).
Hardaway, a fifth-year guard out of MI, is averaging 17.8 points and 3.3 assists through 21 games this season.
Johnson, a second-degree black belt, was ejected last February for scuffling with Atlanta's Taurean Prince while Ibaka was thrown out of a game against the Bulls back in March for the same misconduct. As mentioned earlier he also set the franchise record for points scored in a game at 52.
DeMar DeRozan put the Raptors ahead by tipping in his own miss with 3.1 seconds left before Ellington answered with the layup that gave Miami its fifth consecutive victory.