Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Three-straight wins for Raptors

TORONTO—Even after his team had walked off the court with a comfortable victory, Toronto Raptors’ head coach Dwane Casey made no apologies for his pre-game concerns his team would take this one for granted.
“We don’t have any right yet to overlook anyone,” Casey said after the Raptors defeated the lowly Milwaukee Bucks 116-94 at Air Canada Centre last night.

“This is a tough league and we’re still building, we’re still getting there, so I can’t allow our guys to have that in their thought process,” he stressed.
Other than a brief stretch of the second quarter when Casey thought his team “got passive offensively and defensively,” and let the Bucks cut the Toronto lead to single-digits, it was a convincing performance.
Toronto, which took the lead for good on a pair of John Salmons free throws with 3:45 to go in the opening quarter, led by as many as 31 points in chalking up a third-straight victory.
With the win, the Raptors (19-17) are two games above .500 for the first time in four seasons.
The last time was March 9, 2010 when Toronto was 32-30.
The Raptors, who now have a 4.5 game lead over the Brooklyn Nets atop the NBA’s Atlantic Division, featured a balanced attack with five players in double figures, led by Kyle Lowry’s 23 points.
Meanwhile, it was the sixth-straight loss for the Bucks (7-30), who are the NBA’s worst team.
Even though the Raptors now have won 10 of their last 11 games against teams with sub .500 records, and play their next four against team who have lost more than they’ve won this season, Lowry rejected suggestions Toronto might get complacent.
“I don’t think the schedule softens up,” he stressed. “You’re playing an NBA team every single night.
“I don’t care what they’re record’s saying, that team we played tonight is a good team.”

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