Andrea Bargnani's fan club seems to keep growing every day.
The latest member is Golden State coach Don Nelson, who watched the No. 1 overall pick record his first career double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) as well as notching six blocked shots in the Raptors' 120-115 win over the Warriors.
"I like him," Nelson said. "Man, he looks like a good one to me."
Bargnani was one of three Raptors to record double-doubles -- Jorge Garbajosa had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while T.J. Ford had 21 points and 14 assists.
To top it off, it wasn't one of those players who led the team in scoring. Morris Peterson, who seems to finally be finding his game, scored 23 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Rasho Nesterovic also had a season-high 13 points.
Overall, the Raptors had six players score in double-digits for the second game in a row.
GOOD HOME COOKING
The Raptors improved to 7-3 at home with the win yesterday, reaching the seven-win mark at the ACC a bit quicker than they did last year. It took until Jan. 29, home game No. 21, for the Raptors to win their seventh at the ACC last year.
Raptors coach Sam Mitchell was asked what he wants for Christmas yesterday.
"Other than wins, peace on earth and goodwill to mankind," Mitchell said, drawing laughs from reporters. "Seriously. You know what, you've got to hope and pray for it."
Mitchell also had another wish, but it will not be granted. His first instinct after the New York Knicks-Denver Nuggets blow-up was to check the team's schedule.
"I wish we were playing those teams coming up, there's going to be some guys missing," Mitchell said. "That's the first thing that went through my mind, I'm going to go ahead and check the schedule to see where we got them cause some of them may be out a while."
Unfortunately, the Raptors don't see the Knicks or Nuggets again until March.