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rebound midway through the second quarter. Mills l (19th Sep 16 at 6:08am UTC)
TORONTO - Kyle Lowry laid flat in the centre of the key, hands on his head as he stared straight up at the top of the Air Canada Centre, likely seeing nothing at all, having just missed the biggest shot of his eight-year career. Shea McClellin Jersey . Although, technically it was not a shot. With their season on the line, the ball was in Lowrys hands, deservedly so. The clock showed 6.2 seconds as the Raptors inbounded, trailing by only one in the dying moments of a deciding Game 7. Jason Kidd and his Nets team had little doubt the ball would find Lowry. The star point guard caught the pass, with Deron Williams draped all over him, and went straight toward the rim as Kevin Garnett came over to trap. Lowry split the two defenders and floated a shot up at the basket just as Paul Pierce entered the fray in time to block it. As the buzzer sounded, putting an end to Torontos magical season, Lowry - the teams heart and soul - fell to the court. What was going through his head? "Whats not?" he shot back. DeMar DeRozan was the first one to come over. Crouching over the sprawled out Lowry, DeRozan offered up some words of encouragement. "He said, If anyone is taking that shot, Im living and dying with you taking it and trying to get that shot off," Lowry recounted after the Raptors heartbreaking 104-103 Game 7 loss. "It was one of those things, a brotherly moment." DeRozan helped the point guard up and the Raptors two best players walked off the court - Lowry with his jersey over his face - to a rousing ovation from their appreciative fans. "It was big time," Amir Johnson said of the scene. "Just them showing their appreciation, how well we did this season and how hard we worked. So it was a sad moment but bittersweet, I guess." The Raptors couldnt hide their disappointment after falling just short of advancing to the Conference Semifinals Sunday afternoon, it was written all over their faces, but they have no reason to hang their heads. The sellout ACC crowd stood and chanted in salute of their team, the game - however frustrating - served as a good reminder of why. With five minutes left, the Raptors appeared dead in the water. Frustrated and coming undone in the moment, down 10, their season was on life support but, like hes done so many times before, Dr. Lowry refused to let them die. Lowry scored 13 of his game-high 28 points in the final quarter and the Raptors came storming back. That resiliency has been their most admirable quality all year. They had led the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring differential, earning 11 comeback wins, eight more than the season prior. "Were going to fight until our last breath," said DeRozan after scoring 18 points, playing with the flu, as Casey revealed following the game. "Were going to leave it out there, every single thing we have there on the court." "We battled," added Johnson, who recorded his first playoff double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out early in the fourth quarter. "I would go to war with these guys any day and they showed a lot of pride and a lot of heart tonight. We just ran out of time." Lowry and his unwavering resolve have a lot to do with the teams late-game tenacity and so, with their season in the balance, they had no qualms with letting him decide their fate. "That young man did everything he could to get to the basket," Casey said of Lowry on the final possession. It was what they had drew up, Lowry going to the rim, though it was a slight variation of what was intended, with poor spacing that ultimately led to the blocked shot. "He tried to will his way to get that extra point." One point separated the teams Sunday and after 11 meetings - in the regular season and playoffs - Toronto and Brooklyn each scored 1,070 points. The series was as close as they come. "We were right there," Casey pointed out, and if a few calls from another highly critiqued officiating crew went their way they may have pulled it out. But in the end, the Nets were the better team Sunday and that was the case, more often than not, throughout the series. Joe Johnson - the best player on either side over the seven-game span - proved un-guardable again, scoring half of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, while the Raptors youth and inexperience continued to rear its head. Although Terrence Ross turned in his best game of the series, securing the steal that made Torontos final possession possible, the bar had been set low. Fellow sophomore Jonas Valanciunas scored just three points to go along with five rebounds in one of the quietest outings of his brief career. As a team, the Raptors wanted to go further, they believed they were ready and came just one play short of proving it. Even after the loss, with their season now over, the progress theyve made does not go to waste. Three of their starters had never appeared in a playoff game. Only four players on their roster had ever experienced a Game 7, no one has emerged victorious from one. This experience is invaluable and can only serve them well, both individually and as a collective, going forward. "Im proud of our guys," Casey said. "Nobody gave them a snowballs chance in you know where to be here. They competed all year. This group has a lot of stuff in front of them, a lot of basketball in front of them. The organization is in a great spot." "This playoff run is nothing but positive for these young men and anyone that thinks any different doesnt know basketball." Walter Payton Bears Jersey . The above paragraph could be rewritten, verbatim, with Marcus Stromans name in place of Romeros. After both men had disastrous outings in Tuesdays 18-4 mauling at the hands of the Tigers, its clear that neither is the best option to begin the season in Toronto. Dan Hampton Bears Jersey . For the second game in a row, the Athletics won despite squandering a 4-0 lead. They also overcame a blown save by Sean Doolittle, whose streak of 26 2-3 innings ended when Miami scored the tying run in the ninth. http://www.jerseyfootballbearsfanatics.com/authentic-walter-payton-bears-jersey/ . -- Oakland Athletics third baseman Scott Sizemore has undergone surgery on his left knee to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs have learned to play with poised desperation when Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are all sitting out.The Phoenix Suns are still learning to keep their poise, period.Danny Green had 20 points and San Antonio fought through the second half without their Big Three, rallying to beat the Suns 100-95 on Friday night.The seventh-place Spurs moved a game ahead of the eighth-place Suns in the Western Conference.The Spurs scored a season-high 41 points in the final quarter after blowing a 14-point lead.Its tough after playing so well in the first half, Duncan said. And then we give it up in that third quarter and you get the feeling, Here we go again. Weve had some really tough ones, some really close ones, where one or two possessions changes the entire game. Good to grab this one tonight and trying to get our ship back on the right path.The loss was as much about the Suns collapse as the Spurs rally.Phoenix, which entered the game shooting 37 per cent on 3-pointers, was 7 for 26 from long range.Coupled with a pair of late technical fouls, the loss aggravated Suns coach Jeff Hornacek.You saw the times that we drove it in there, you get a shorter shot or you get fouled, Hornaceck said. But they want to live by the jumper or die by the jumper, I guess. These guys think they can make every shot, but if you dont, you lose.While the Suns were struggling, the Spurs took flight in the fourth quarter thanks to Parkers backups.Patty Mills had 15 points, including two 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes, and Cory Joseph scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter to help San Antonio snap Phoenixs four-game winning streak.P.J. Tucker and Eric Bledsoe had 19 points each and Goran Dragic added 17 points for the Suns. They have lost five straight in San Antonio.Duncan had 12 points and seven rebounds, but played less than a minute in the fourth quarter as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich chose to rest Duncan and Tony Parker. Parker left at the 4:24 mark of the third quarter with seven points in 21 minutes. Manu Ginobili sat out the second half because of back spasms.Parker and Duncan sat on the bench and watched uncomfortably as San Antonio appeared headed for another tough loss at home.Three days after blowing an 18-point lead to Detroit, the Spurs were again in danger of falling after gaining a sizable advantage.Definitely a good win for us, Joseph said. To pull it through at the end was big foor us. Pat ODonnell Jersey. We executed, we played good defence, and it got us over the hump.After Tiago Splitter scored the opening basket of the second half, Phoenix went on a 12-0 run for its first lead and a 55-51 advantage. The Spurs had two turnovers and missed five shots during the drought. Following San Antonios 13th turnover, Gerald Green slammed home an alley-oop pass from Isaiah Thomas for a 69-59 lead with 2 minutes left in the third quarter.But Tucker and Markieff Morris picked up consecutive technical fouls after arguing with officials with 1:57 left and the Spurs leading 85-82.It wasnt the reason we lost the game, Tucker said. Definitely wasnt the reason we lost the game. It was a bad technical and I apologize for the technical ... but the tech didnt lose the game.Mills sank both free throws and later added the two 3-pointers to keep San Antonio from another heartbreaking loss.In the fourth quarter, when the game is close, we cannot allow us to get two technicals and put in two points. Tough game for us.It was Tuckers fifth technical of the season and Morris ninth, which is tied for the most in the league with Oklahoma Citys Russell Westbrook.Were tired, Hornacek said. The coaches have talked about that all year were just going to take them out when they get technical fouls.TIP-INSSuns: Phoenix acquired forward Brandan Wright from Boston on Friday. Wright was traded to the Celtics by the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 18 as part of the deal that brought Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks. ... C Alex Len was averaging 2.8 blocks in his previous 13 games since being inserted into the starting lineup on Dec. 15. ... The Suns are averaging 113.4 points in their previous 12 games. ... Phoenix has five players averaging at least 14 points. ... Phoenixs last victory in San Antonio was Jan. 11, 2009.Spurs: Ginobili left with 6:45 remaining in the first half. Ginobili, who did not return to the bench, had four points and three assists in 10:19. ... Mills landed in the third row on a failed attempt to save a long rebound midway through the second quarter. Mills leapt, clearing the heads of fans in the first two rows before landing in the lap of a male spectator. ... Duncan tied former Mavericks and Lakers forward Sam Perkins for 17th in career games played at 1,286. He will tie former Spurs antagonist Derek Fisher for 16th in his next outing.UP NEXTSuns: At Memphis on Sunday night.Spurs: At Minnesota on Saturday night. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
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