Iguodala a real steal

MIKE GANTER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

Tough night for Raptors GM Rob Babcock.

First he's verbally assaulted by one of his own fans toting a "Raptor Killer" sign over a picture of him.

Eventually the fan, conveniently seated within shouting distance of Babcock's seat, was thrown out of the game, but not before making a spectacle of himself and ensuring everyone in the arena got a look at the sign.

Ejection though wasn't an option for the other face wash that Babcock was forced to endure.

This one came from the floor in the form of 76ers guard Andre Iguodala, the man the Raptors, in Babcock's first draft in 2004, bypassed to select Rafael Araujo.

As impressive as Allen Iverson's 42 points were in the 76ers 121-115 win, even that would not have been enough had Iguodala not gone off for 26 of his own including 6-of-8 shooting from three-point range.

The ninth pick in that draft, one pick after Araujo, also pulled down 10 rebounds. The 26 points are a career high while the boards are two shy of his career mark set against these same Raptors last January.

"I just felt good in the warm-ups and got a lot of shots and I was making them in the game for a change," Iguodala said. "It seems like I'm always pretty good in this arena."

As Araujo has struggled to find his niche with the Raptors, Iguodala earned NBA All-Rookie first team honors and finished fourth in rookie of the year balloting for the 76ers last season.

As for any perceived slight on Toronto's part, Iguodala says he's over it.

"After you're drafted you kind of want to take it out on the team that (bypassed) you but now that's pretty much over and done with," he said. "There's no grudge at all with Toronto."

He would have a hard time convincing the 16,490 on hand last night at the ACC of that.


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