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Postby kaisy on Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:33 am

TORONTO -- When Raptors coach Dwane Casey issued a challenge to his second unit during half time, the message wasnt lost on John Lucas. air jordan 6 retro schuhe . The backup point guard scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as Toronto defeated the New Orleans Hornets 102-89 Sunday. Casey wasnt pleased to see an 11-point Toronto lead in the second quarter quickly erased as the Hornets went on a 10-0 run with the Raptors second unit on the floor. "We struggled a little bit in the first half where the second unit gave up a lead," Casey said. "I challenged them about coming in and being ready to play, perform, you cant play your starters 48 minutes and they came in and performed in the second half." Alan Anderson added 11 off the bench as Toronto (19-32) won its second straight and improved to .500 at the Air Canada Centre this season (13-13). "He just called us out point blank, called us out and thats what we needed, a wake-up call," said Lucas. "We all talked in the locker room and said look, when we go back out there, were starting with as much energy as we can -- just leave everything we have on the court, cause our first unit gave it everything they had so its time for us to step up too." Lucas, who had just six points at half time, added three in the third quarter before breaking out for 10 in the fourth to match a season-high "I thought John did a heck of a job of getting into the basketball with their guards, didnt get burned with (Greivis) Vasquez and also offensively made some big shots," said Casey. "He did a great job on that end, so I thought the second unit came in, gave us that spark that we needed. "We got to get that in the first part of the game and not give up a lead that the first unit did a great job of building." Rudy Gay had a game-high 20 points and Kyle Lowry added 14 points and 10 assists, his fourth double-double of the season. Gay, who came in averaging 24.3 points since his trade from Memphis, became the first Raptor to have five straight games with 20-plus points since Andrea Bargnani (Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 4, 2012) last season. "Our bench really picked us up," said Gay. "The first half they kind of relaxed and we gave away that lead, but the second half they really picked us up and played well and got us that win." Amir Johnson chipped in 14 points with seven rebounds. The Hornets had 27 of their 47 first half points from the bench led by Brian Roberts, who finished the game with 15. Robin Lopezs 19 points led the Hornets (17-34), who lost for the first time in three games. New Orleans guard Vasquez had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists. "As a team we had a lot of breakdowns, especially on the defensive end," said Lopez. "We had a game plan and we didnt executed it." Jonas Valanciunas, who was making his first start since missing 18 games with a broken finger, had 11 points 10 rebounds for Toronto. Toronto used a late 9-0 run in the second to take a 50-47 lead into halftime. The Raptors scored 10 of its first 24 points of the game off dunks highlighted by a monster, uncontested, one-handed jam by Gay. Sunday marked the final meeting between the Raptors and the Hornets franchise, who will be called the Pelicans beginning next season. Toronto also won their final game against the New Jersey Nets and Seattle Sonics before they changed their names. Notes: Landry Fields dressed for the first time Sunday after missing three games with back spasms and finished with 4 points. ... Raptors Andrea Bargnani was a late scratch with flu-like symptoms. ... Blue Jays great Joe Carter took in the game from courtside. jordan basketballschuhe kaufen . The 28-year-old American lost only nine points on serve and had 10 aces. Ram dominated the 64-minute match with that serve, winning 85 per cent of his first-serve points (22-26) and 69 per cent on his second serve (11-16). air jordan basketballschuhe kaufen . -- Kevin Bieksa says he still often thinks of Rick Rypien one year after his former teammates death. . Bilic made the announcement when naming his 27-man provisional squad. The 43-year-old Bilic has been coach since 2006 and guided the team to the quarterfinals at Euro 2008. air jordan 6 basketballschuhe . For once, centre fielder Matt Kemp wasnt the one doing the heavy lifting. Catcher A. air jordan basketballschuhe günstig . The rookie quarterbacks traded jab for jab, hook for hook and TD pass for TD pass. When the duel finally ended, it was Luck who had the records -- and another win for his ailing coach.CHICAGO -- Matt Moore keeps piling up wins and his current run shows no sign of abating. Moore became the first Tampa Bay pitcher to win five games in April, helping the Rays snap a two-game skid with a 10-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night. "Im telling you, theres more in Moore," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "If his fastball continues to go where he wants it to go he could stay hot for a long time." The left-hander joined Bostons Clay Buchholz as the only five-game winners this month. Moore allowed just three hits, one earned run and matched a season high nine strikeouts in six innings. There were some worries about Moore in spring training but theyve long since eased. "He was not very sharp in camp," Maddon said. "But hes built on each outing. I know the last game he pitched eight (innings), but he has been just as good and maybe a little bit better tonight. I thought his overall command was even better tonight." Moores 1.13 ERA is second-lowest in the majors behind St. Louis right-hander Jake Westbrook (0.98). And Moore has frequently benefited from early offensive help, including a quick 2-0 led after a half inning on Saturday. "It seems like every time weve been on the road Ive had a lead going into the bottom of the first," Moore said. "That makes it so much easier for a starting pitcher to kill those nerves or anxiousness going out there. ... Its very encouraging seeing that happening in the top of the inning. Tampa Bay, now 3-9 on the road, pounded out 19 hits -- its most since June 26, 2011. Kelly Johnson matched a career-high with four hits while driving home two runs. Evan Longoria also matched a career-best for hits, going 4 for 6 with two runs scored. "Offensively it was a pretty good night up and down," Maddon said. "A lot of guys had great nights. ... It was a really interesting offensive night and hopefully were going to gain some confidence from it." The 19 hits and 10 runs allowed were a season-high against the White Sox, who lost a three-game winning streak. For the second straight night the Rays jumped out to an early lead. Rays shortstop Ben Zobrist broke out of a 0-for-9 series slump with a two-run homer in the first inning. Zobrist took White Sox starter Gavin Floyds 0-1 pitch and drove it to right to score Matt Joyce with one out for a 2-0 lead. Floyd (0-4) left the game with two outs in the third with a right elbow strain. He threw just 47 pitches, gave up two hits and two earned runs.. jordan schuhe bestellen deutschland. Hector Santiago entered in early relief and was greeted by Longorias double. He then scored on James Loneys single to left for a 3-0 lead. White Sox DH Adam Dunn broke the shutout with two outs in the fourth with his second home run in three games to trim Tampa Bays lead to 3-1. Johnsons two-out single in the fifth inning brought Longoria home for the second time and opened a 4-1 lead. Leadoff batter Desmond Jennings added a solo shot in the sixth for a 5-1 Tampa Bay lead. In the seventh, Jose Lobaton singled off reliever Donnie Veal and brought home Johnson, who had tripled with one out. Lobaton later scored on Veals wild pitch to make it 7-1. Johnsons two-out RBI single in the eighth brought home Loney for an 8-1 lead. "Honestly, (Moores) one of the better pitchers Ive ever faced," White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie said. "He moves the ball both sides of the plate, throwing curve balls for strikes. Sometimes youre just going to run into that at this level, guys that are just on. He was on tonight. Theres not much we can do." Moore left after six innings. Reliever Jake McGee worked out of a seventh-inning jam after loading the bases with two singles and a walk, then struck out De Aza. The White Sox loaded the bases again in the eighth with one out on Rays reliever Kyle Farnsworth and scored twice on singles form Alexei Ramirez and Gillaspie. Reliever Joel Peralta came in and struck out Tyler Flowers for a second out, but then walked Jordan Danks to force in another run. He struck out De Aza to escape the inning. Tampa Bay replied with two runs in the top of the ninth. "They were locked in," Santiago said. "It was like, you made a good pitch and they blooped it or fouled it off and then you made another good pitch and they got another hit. It was like it was just their night." Rays starting catcher Jose Molina left the game with one out in the fourth after Floyd hit him with a pitch, causing a right quad contusion. Lobaton came in as a pinch runner and took over behind the plate. Tampa Bay sends left-hander David Price (0-2, 2.52 ERA) against Chicago right-hander Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 3.80 ERA) in Sundays series finale. NOTES: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar missed his third straight game Saturday and remains day to day with right hamstring tightness. ... Price and Alex Cobb took batting practice Saturday The two are scheduled to pitch in Colorado in an upcoming interleague series. ' ' '
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