Jan 11, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey gives instructions to guard Jose Calderon (8) during their game against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Bobcats 99-78. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Raptors hit twelve 3-balls on way to 99-78 beatdown of Charlotte Bobcats RECAP “Back in the saddle again”

Jan 11, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Raptors center Amir Johnson (15) motions as guard Alan Anderson (6) looks on during their game against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Bobcats 99-78. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

A fast start was once again the tonic the Raptors needed. Jumping out to a 10-2 lead, on some fine passes & shooting from Jose Calderon, Toronto was ahead by 13 after Q1. The Bobcats used their speed & quick hands on defence to punch back on several occasions, but never got closer than 14 points. The Raps won all 4 quarters, & held their opponent to under 79 points for the second straight game.

Coach Casey played everyone who dressed save Mickael Pietrus, & only Aaron Gray was scoreless. The  Raps’ top scorer was the increasing reliable super-sub Alan Anderson, with 16 (although he needed 17 shots to get there). His ability to hit tough 3-balls under pressure is remarkable. Calderon drained 3 3s, one of them when bleeding slightly after getting whacked in the head, & dished 6 assists. His early pick-pocket of Kemba Walker, leading to an uncontested layup, was a thing of beauty. The play seemed to bother Walker, who was a non-factor with 12 points, which shared the team lead (!) with Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist & Ben Gordon.

Amir Johnson & Ed Davis continue to click in the Raps’ front court. They each had 3 offensive boards & 5 defensive ones, & Amir scored 13 points to Ed’s 12. Neither player is taking crazy shots, & they are mobile & effective on defense. Kyle Lowry did a fine job leading the second unit, dishing out 6 assists & hitting 3 3-balls of his own. Terrence Ross scored 7 quick points in Q2, including a monster dunk & a 3, but was quiet after that. DeMar DeRozan was subdued all game, going 2/8 & finishing with 6. Landry Fields once again showed his rebounding skills, pulling down a game-high 11, but his jump shot continues to be a serious problem. His attempts past 10 feet weren’t close. Quincy Acy was in the game early, by his standards, & didn’t look out of place. He scored 6 points, & pulled down 5 O-boards, in 18 minutes. John Lucas provided a welcome 7 points in his brief appearance. Dare we hope that he has rediscovered his missing stroke?

The 14-22 Raptors can end the home stand with a 4-2 mark if they can prevail against Milwaukee’s Bucks, who visit the ACC on Sunday afternoon.

Brian Boake is a staff writer for Raptors Rapture. “Like” Raptors Rapture on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RaptorsRapture for all the latest news and updates about the best damn NBA team from Canada.

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