The secret to the Raptors ending their eight game losing streak tonight: Pasta.
Primo Pasta that is, as Andrea Bargnani came back from his calf injury to drop 36 points, 27 being in the second half to end what was a frustrating eight game losing streak. Bargnani showed his All-Star pedigree and it is apparent that the Raptors need Bargnani to even be remotely competitive this season.
Bargnani also had the help of Leandro Barbosa and James Johnson on offense, with the two of them providing 19 and 18 points respectively. If JJ starts scoring in that range consistently he is sure to be the starting small forward the Raptors desperately need.
Rasual Butler once again drew the ire of Raptors fans, throwing away a inbounds pass at the end of the game to cut the Raptors lead to two with under a minute left, luckily Bargnani drained clutch free throws to ice the game, but you have to wonder when Butler is finally going to see his minutes get drastically cut due to his boneheaded play this season.
Suns center Robin Lopez was ejected for bumping into referee Randy Mott (fun fact) after a disagreement over a foul call. Expect a fine or perhaps a suspension to come Lopez’ way in the coming days.
The Suns were coming off a five game road trip that ended with a loss to the Mavs Monday night.
Steve Nash scored 17 points and dished out 13 dimes in the loss, it is always special getting to see Nash play the Raptors even with the Suns being out of playoff contention.
Grant Hill left the game after accidentally being bloodied by a Andrea Bargnani elbow while fouling him in the closing moments of the fourth quarter.
The Raptors travel to Utah to continue their Western Conference road trip Wednesday