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Raptors look solid in home opener


Raptors look solid in home opener In a season of new beginnings, the Raptors couldn't have asked for a better start.

Andrea Bargnani scored 28 points to lead the new-look Raptors to a 101-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in their National Basketball Association season-opener last night.

Raptors 101, Cavaliers 91

Chris Bosh added 21 points and 16 rebounds, while Hedo Turkoglu finished with 12 points, Marco Belinelli added 10 and Jose Calderon finished with 11 assists to go with five points for Toronto.

LeBron James topped the winless Cavs (0-2) with 23 points, 12 assists and 11 boards, marking the 25th triple-double of his career. Mo Williams added 16 points, while former Raptor Anthony Parker and off-season acquisition Shaquille O'Neal finished with 12 points apiece.

The Raptors' 15th season tipped off with team introductions to a stirring live performance from Toronto Philharmonia at centre court, and the game itself certainly lived up to all the hype.

The game marked the first real test of a team that has nine new faces on its roster, rebuilt in the off-season after winning just 33 games a year ago. But it was the Cavs who looked discombobulated for much of the night in front of a capacity crowd at the Air Canada Centre.

On an evening Raptors fans applauded their team with standing ovations at nearly every timeout, Toronto led by as much as 21 points in the first half against the Cavs, Eastern Conference finalists and winners of all three meetings against the Raptors last season.

The Cavs, who had opened their season a night earlier with a 95-89 home loss to the Boston Celtics, drained five three-pointers in the third to tie the game 69-69 with 2:22 left in the quarter. The Raptors responded with a 9-2 run to take a 78-71 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Raptors put as much as 15 points on the Cavs in a thrilling fourth quarter. Parker scored on a three, and then James had four straight points to cut Toronto's lead to six in a heated few seconds. Bosh was called for a blocking foul on James that had him and head coach Jay Triano incensed.

James drained one free throw and promptly sank a three on the next possession with 1:37 left, but a basket and free throw by Calderon sealed the win for Toronto.


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Added: October 30, 2009

 

 
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