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  • Game #18: Memphis Grizzlies 105 - Toronto Raptors 120

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    Projected Starters

    Toronto
    PG - Kyle Lowry
    SG - Demar Derozan
    SF - Demarre Carroll
    PF - Luis Scola
    C - Jonas Valanciunas

    Memphis
    PG - Andrew Harrison
    SG - Tony Allen
    SF - Troy Williams
    PF - Jamychal Green
    C - Marc Gasol

    Last Meeting:
    Game #75: Toronto Raptors 99 - Memphis Grizzlies 95

    DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Kyle Lowry added 22 and Jonas Valanciunas led a strong defensive effort that carried the Toronto Raptors to a 99-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The injury-depleted Grizzlies lost their fifth straight. Zach Randolph led Memphis with 16 points and the bench scored 52 points. Valanciunas, finished with a career-high seven blocked shots and a team-best 14 rebounds. His inside defensive presence helped the Raptors limit the Grizzlies to 12 points in the paint in the second half. Memphis had 26 in the first half. In addition to their defensive play, the Raptors got a key spark from reserve swingman Terrence Ross. He connected on four consecutive 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to allow Toronto to pull ahead 87-84 with five minutes to go. The Raptors never trailed again. The Grizzlies, outrebounded 23-18 in the opening half, shot 52.3 percent from the field, including 61.9 percent in the second quarter (13 of 21). The Raptors overcame 40 percent shooting from the field by making 7 of 16 from beyond the arc.

    Noteworthy:

    - Raptors have kept the opposition under 100 points the past two games.
    - The Raptors (11-6) are 5-3 at home and the Grizzlies are 6-3 on the road.
    - Memphis has lost two of its last three after winning six straight.
    - The Raptors have won three in a row.
    - The Memphis Grizzlies just received word that Conley will be out for several weeks due to a back injury. The Grizzlies said that Conley was diagnosed with transverse fractures in the vertebrae located in his lower back. The injury is expected to resolve itself with rest. Conley is expected to miss six weeks and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.That now leaves Memphis without its star point guard, Randolph, James Ennis, Chandler Parsons, Brandan Wright and Jordan Adams.
    - Vince Carter is questionable with a hip injury. He traveled with the team to Toronto and will be listed as questionable for the game.
    - Carter averages 9.3 points and 26.4 minutes per game off the bench for the Grizzlies.
    - Chandler Parsons, James Ennis and Brandan Wright are out with injuries.
    - The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 96.9 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 97.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting.
    - Zach Randolph is the third double-digit scorer and Vince Carter is grabbing 3.9 rebounds.
    - The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line.
    - Grizzlies have won six straight road games.
    - The Grizzlies are the same team they were at the end of last season with all of their injuries.
    - Zach Randolph has missed the past three games after the death of his mother last week.
    - Center Jonas Valanciunas did not play in the fourth quarter Monday because of a minor ankle injury. The ankle was rewrapped and he could have returned but coach Dwane Casey rested him with the game well under control.
    - The Raptors expect to announce their 100th straight sellout at the Air Canada Centre.


    Go RAPS!

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