Brown makes his point(s)

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

If the Raptors are looking for versatility from their third point guard, Tierre Brown might be their man.

A training-camp invitee, Brown played mostly at the shooting guard spot last night in the pre-season opener and was a surprise scoring leader with 24 points in a 102-101 overtime loss against the Utah Jazz at the Air Canada Centre.

"I've been like that (a combo guard) since I've played basketball," said Brown, who is third in career assists for McNeese State in Louisiana, the same school that produced Detroit Pistons legend Joe Dumars.

"I'm going to use (his shot) as much as Coach lets me. As long as it's benefitting the team. I don't want to step outside my boundaries if it's hurting the team just to get my stats up. I'm going to do whatever it takes to win."

Brown, 26, has played for four NBA teams in parts of four seasons, most recently in 76 games with the Los Angeles Lakers last season. He is battling fellow invitees Robert Pack and Corey Williams for the third spot -- pending the availability of Alvin Williams. In 29 minutes last night, Brown shot 6-for-15 (along with 12-for-14 from the free throw line) and had seven assists.

"It's tough. I go through this (a battle for a roster spot) every season," said Brown, who was the MVP of the NBDL in 2003-04. "I've got to be in position where I've got to earn it. Nothing has ever been given to me. It's nothing new to me."

Brown almost was a hero last night as his desperation three-pointer from well beyond the arc rimmed out in the final second of overtime. He also hit three of four free throws in the final minute of regulation, breaking an 86-86 tie.

"I kind of just threw it (the final shot) and it had a chance," Brown said. "I wouldn't expect that to go in."

Meanwhile, backup point guard Jose Calderon looked pretty good in his NBA debut, running the team effectively in the second quarter. The native of Spain played 28 minutes and had nine points and two assists.

"It's faster, it's different because the play in Europe, it's more controlled," he said. "The point guard has more time with the ball. Here, it's different. But it's okay. I like to play like this (style)."


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