Toronto's Backups Beat Charlotte's Best

With Bosh, Bargnani, Ford out with injuries, Raptors rout Bobcats
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Dec 4, 2007 12:10 AM CST
Toronto Raptors' Jamario Moon knocks away a shot from Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Wallace during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto, Monday, Dec. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With three of his starters out with injuries, Toronto coach Sam Mitchell challenged his backups to step up, and they responded with a 98-79 romp over Charlotte. The misfiring Bobcats backcourt made just 12% of their 25 shots; the Raptors, on the other hand, were a sizzling 8 of 13 from beyond the arc.

Even Gerald Wallace, who led his team with 19 points, shot just 4-13 while being guarded by former Alabama high school rival Jamario Moon. Said Mitchell, "I thought the guys who needed to step up, stepped up." Toronto's next opponents are Phoenix, Boston, and Houston—a slate that should prove slightly more competitive.