Raptors 92-74 Hornets
The Raptors win 92-74. DeRozan scores 18 points, Vasquez scores 16 points and Lou Williams scores a double-double (12 points and 12 rebounds). Walker scores 15 points and Williams scores ten points for the Hornets. Coach Casey:
The first quarter wasn’t very good, But I thought in the second quarter we set the tone of how we want to play. We started the second quarter and finished the game doing what we wanted to do defensively.
For some reason, we’ve always had bad luck against this team, especially playing here (in Charlotte). But it felt good to get a win against this team at a critical time for us.
We just had no juice. We’re going to have to find a way to be professional. I think our team has stood for effort and purposeful play all year long, and we’re going to have to find a way to do that over these last four games.
Celtics 117-116 Raptors
The Celtics win 117-116. Thomas scores 25 points, Zeller 20 points, and Turner scores a double-double (18 points and ten rebounds). De Rozan scores 38 points and Valanciunas scores 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors. Smart:
It’s just the will, the determination, The guys on this team, we’re competitors, heavy competitors. We don’t like to lose that much, especially when we come off a night where we didn’t play that well.
On the wins play:
When he drove he committed two defenders, including mine, Lou Williams swiped (the ball) toward the area I was in and I was able to get the shot off in time.
I thought I did enough. I figure it’s game. I thought I got the stop. It was just a bad bounce.
We overcame a lot tonight. It was tough. I’m just glad we stuck it all the way through to the end.
You don’t win very often with 2.6 seconds.
Raptors 113-99 Timberwolves
The Raptors win 113-99 over the Timberwolves. Williams scores 18 points Derozan scores 17 points. Wiggins scores 25 points, LaVine scores 22 for the Timberwolves. Coach Saunders:
They keep on wearing you down, You try to relax a little bit and you’re a half-step slower contesting on 3s and they’re making shots. That gets you into a whirlwind.
When the ball’s moving, you can know that the ball’s going to find you. You just have to be ready. It’s always fun when the ball’s moving and you have an open shot.
Coach Dwane Casey:
We’ve got to have a defensive approach, a defensive identity with effort, with focus, each and every night we step out. Because in this league anybody can beat anybody.