Raptors rally from 18-point deficit to beat Jazz
Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap (24) defends Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, right, who goes for a shot during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, January 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)
Some notes and quotes after Toronto's 111-106 double overtime win over the Jazz on Wednesday night at EnergySolutions Arena:
-- Asked about his team squandering an early 30-12 lead, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said, "They made a run. You've got to expect runs. ... It's early in the ballgame; you've got to expect it."
--- The Jazz owned a 90-87 lead with 13 seconds left in regulation when Toronto point guard Jose Calderon drove off a screen and hit a wide-open three-pointer to force overtime. Said Corbin: "Somehow he got open and made a tough shot. We were trying to push them inside. The plan was to not give up a three and somehow he got open."
-- Toronto's Andrea Bargnani, who just returned from a six-game absence, re-injured his calf and sat out the second overtime. "This time it's bad," he said. "We don't know and we are going to take an MRI. But I'm pretty sure I'm going to be out for awhile."
-- Raja Bell, on the Jazz becoming Toronto's second straight victim after the Raptors started the season 4-13: "It's tough. We had opportunities. We were right there despite some mistakes we made. We were in it. You just keep fighting in a game like that and hope you might gut it out at the end. But they were the better team tonight. So they deserve it."
-- The biggest play of the game? Utah opened a 72-63 lead with just over seven minutes left when the Jazz inexplicably left Linas Kleiza open in the corner. His three-pointer kept the Raptors alive. "Yeah, Linas did a heck of a job," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "He really shot the ball well." Kleiza finished with 25 points, including 12 in the two overtimes. He had scored 28 points in the Raptors' previous five games.
-- The Jazz scored a season-low 15 points in the fourth quarter, including four in the final 45 seconds, as Toronto fought back and won in Utah for the first time since 2004.
-- Steve Luhm
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