Talk about a long shot.
With 2.7 seconds left, the Raptors trailing by two points and Mike James at the line for his second of two free throws, things didn't exactly look great for the home side yesterday.
Amazingly, however, a designed play turned out to be magical for the Raptors.
James purposely missed his free throw with a high shot designed to produce a high rebound. Charlie Villanueva grabbed the rebound and missed his shot, but Chris Bosh, in mid-air, got off a shot after Villanueva's miss and scored in the nick of time to send the game to overtime.
"We put on a play that works maybe once a year and Charlie got the ball and Chris stayed in there and got a tip-in," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said.
Unfortunately, the Raptors went on to lose in overtime.
VISIT TO THE DOCTOR
Raptors point guard Alvin Williams missed the game yesterday to see Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Williams, who had microfracture knee surgery last year, will rejoin the team in Philadelphia tomorrow.
FROM THE OTHER SIDE
A bit of dissension in the Seattle room on just what kind of team they had beaten yesterday.
Head coach Bob Weiss was complimentary saying of the Raptors, "They didn't play like an O-5 team. They played good basketball."
Rashard Lewis, who hit for a game-high 41 points, preferred to play down the Sonics' accomplishments mainly because they came against the Raptors.
"This win doesn't mean nothing," Lewis said. "We can't be satisfied just because of this win. We've got to go out there and beat a legit team, a real good team. This team hasn't won a game so we need to beat good teams so we can start feeling good about ourselves."
The Raptors managed to out-rebound an opponent for the second time this season.
The fact that Nick Collison, a second year NBAer, and Johan Petro, a rookie, managed 12 and 10 rebounds respectively should not make anyone in Toronto happy.
The Raps out-rebounded Seattle 44-42.