College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
On Wednesday night the Toronto Raptors used the luck of the Irish and their green unis to pull of a 106-105 upset of the Atlanta Hawks to snap a five game losing skid. They hope to build on that win when they welcome the Oklahoma City Thunder to the ACC tonight. Chris Bosh had an off night, by his standards, but when the game was on the line he hit the game winning shot over Atlanta’s Al Horford. Rookie DeMar DeRozan came out aggressive from the get-go and kept it going ending with 19 points. Forward Andrea Bargnani had his best game in a while, leading the team with 22 points to go along with 11 boards. With the w, Toronto opened it’s lead over the ninth place Chicago Bulls to two and half games. They also gained some ground on seventh place – they trail the Miami Heat by a half game. The Raps will need a similar effort tonight with the Thunder in town. Oklahoma City is fifth in the West and one more win will secure their first winning season in franchise history (or five years if you go back to the Seattle days). Over their last ten games the Thunder are 8-2, but are coming off a big 100-92 lose to the Charlotte Bobcats on St. Patrick’s Day. The Thunder have a solid core of young players, led by third-year man Kevin Durant. Durant continues to develop into one of the NBA’s elite and is beginning to be included in conversations about this season’s league MVP. He’s averaging a career high 29.7 points (24.8 career average) and 7.5 (6) rebounds per game. The last time these two teams played was back on February 28 in Oklahoma City and it was the Thunder who earned the 112-96 win. Toronto had no Bosh in that one, but he’ll be in the line up tonight and could be the difference between a sweet victory or bitter defeat – just ask Atlanta.