Second-Half Turnaround Powers Raptors Past Warriors

The Raptors received what’s hopefully a lasting lesson in how solid, energetic defence can keep you afloat with an 83-75 win over the Warriors at ACC.

“We found a a way and we did it with our defence,” said Dwane Casey post-game. “There are going to be nights where you can’t buy a bucket, but that is when you have to dig in and trust your defence and we did.”

It certainly wasn’t consistent, as the Raptors came out flat and hit the break trailing 47-38. But Casey proceeded to challenge his players  in the locker room and carried that fire to the sidelines in the final two quarters, when the Raptors held the Warriors to just 11 points in the third frame (tying Toronto’s season low for an opponent) and set a new season low by allowing just 28 points in the second half.

Our #RTZ Tweet of the Night winner @mrTarca definitely picked up on that intensity…

Next up? A major challenge in the middle as the Raptors close out a back-to-back against Dwight Howard and the Magic at ACC. Until then, let’s look back the best of what you had to say on Sunday.

Top 20 #RTZ Tweets – Raptors vs. Warriors

@Darkstar_Inc 3mins into the game and we finally got our first bucket. It’s going to be a LONG night. #Raptors #RTZ

@KevinRashidi @IamAmirJohnson with two huge blocks! Get that soft stuff outta here. #RTZ

@Aden3 Even if Monte is their go to guy, the @Raptors need to contain D.Lee in order to win this game #RTZ

@NAT77 Brick city at the ACC as both teams are shooting under 40% from the floor after 1. Did not see this coming. #RTZ

@ansonhenry Great seats… That tweet of the night definitely came in handy… :) #rtz #raptors

@ste3phan5 Great to see the Raps aren’t giving up in this game! Never Say Never lol #rtz

@linalozowskij time to kick it into high gear! @Raptors need to secure these last two periods and get that much deserved win! #RTZ

@TheKarltopia Love that Magloire is imploring Ed Davis to play big & stay strong! Great team mate! #Raptors #RTZ

@RaptorNation101 12-4 run for the raps and they cut the lead to 2 let’s get it #RTZ #RaptorNation #poundtherock

@loveofthegame10The Raps have really stepped up the last few minutes as a TEAM and made some big plays on both ends of the floor. #RTZ

@SweetWillowTree I think we can all agree on one thing – The reason the #Raptors have brought it back is because of Ed Davis. Bow down! #RTZ

‏@ZanTabakHeraldI love when a great defensive effort turns into a transition slam and wakes the crowd up. #RTZ

@AaronNofski Raptors up by 2 to end the third…. say what ya want about these Raptors but they are keeping games close… real close. #RTZ

@RapsfanMike As the season goes on the second unit has made great strides. #RTZ

@TDotSportsBlogr I love that the #Raptors are playing defense and staying aggressive on offense – sense good things ahead! #RTZ

@MichelleAgnelo Crazy that I remember going to @Raptors games when Mark Jackson was on the team lol #rtz #throwback

@commish_moosy Nothing better than keeping a high-scoring team to a season-low pt that’s defense #poundtherock #rtz

@Iminfantasyland Todays Sunday School lesson is almost over. Today’s teacher: @DeMar_DeRozan Go #Raptors :) #RTZ

@jhaymoney AMIR showing heart by returning back to the game with a crucial rebound! #Raptors #RTZ

@sarimb wins are fun! smiles are back! great job boys – true team effort! #rtz #raps



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