December 23, 2008

Merry Chris-Mas!

Cue up "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang and let the streamers fly from the rafters, the Raps have broken their 5 game losing skid!

Boy did those Raps ever catch a break. They caught a fatigued Clippers team without former Defensive Player of the Year, Marcus Camby. The Clippers who normally have three bigs in Kaman, Camby and Randolph were without Kaman (foot injury) and Camby (death in the family.) The Clippers were fresh off of a blowout against Milwaukee and this was a great opportunity for Bosh and J.O. to take dominate down low.

The Raps were able to get it going early, getting up 21-10 on the Clips in the first. The Bosh/J.O. combo were able to take advantage of the depleted Clippers lineup. This was a game that looked over quite early as the Raps built a 19 pt lead, up 51-32 at the half. The Clippers' fans were frustrated and booed their Clips. Why? Because the Raps were taking care of their home team and the Raps actually played two consecutive good quarters! That's right, two consecutive good quarters. Bosh and O'neal combined for 22 at the half and the Raps shot 46% while the Clippers shot a miserable 30% from the field.

In true Raptor fashion, the Clips made a run in the third quarter outscoring the Raps 28-18 as they blew their lead again. The Clips got as close as 6 points in the third. Zach Randolph left early in the 4th with a knee injury and that's when CB4 went off. Bosh scored 18 points in the 4th to cap off the Clips. Raps won it handily 97-75. Bosh looked like his old self scoring 31 pts and 7 boards.

Check out the Raptors roll call at Raptors Republic

For a Clippers perspective, check Clips Nation

Photo Credit: (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)


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