Raptors maul Grizzlies

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:51 PM ET

MEMPHIS -- The Raptors' shooting touch was not there again, but then neither was it for the Memphis Grizzlies.

What was there for the Raptors, in a very big way, was the energy level on defence that never let the best part of the Grizzlies offence -- their three-point game -- get going in a 95-89 Raptor win that evened the Toronto record at 6-6.

Consider the obstacles the Raptors were facing last night. The second of back-to-back games on the road after a tough loss the night before, no T.J. Ford, who has been arguably their steadiest player this year, shooting under 40% from the field for the game and playing without Chris Bosh for the entire third quarter when he got in some foul trouble and still the Raptors found a way to win.

It's no wonder Sam Mitchell was sounding like a proud, first-time papa.

"We took 92 shots and we needed every one of them," he said. "We didn't shoot the ball well but I'm proud of the way the guys played. Hopefully some of our young guys grew up a little tonight, because this was a tough game to win."

Bosh, who had a game high 22 points and 19 rebounds, seven of them of the offensive variety, seemed to think the Raps made a bit of a statement.

"Games like this in years past, you know what happens, we would normally drop that one just because of our mentality, but we're getting mentally strong right now," Bosh said. "We're evolving as a team. Growing. It's us wanting to win. Us being strong as a team. We know what it takes and we've been there before. You can't keep making the same mistakes if you want to get better."

Memphis Grizzlies coach Marc Iavaroni probably summed the night for both sides best.

"The bottom line is one team was very hungry and one team was kinda hungry."

Gut check time arrived for both teams with 4:26 to go in the game when Bosh tied it at 79 with a driving layup. He also drew a foul and converted the three-point play.

Memphis momentarily retook the lead on a Pau Gasol jump shot. The lead went to two on a Kyle Lowry free throw, but that was about the end of the Memphis run.

An Andrea Bargnani three, an 18-foot jump shot from Bosh, and a Carlos Delfino three from the corner put the Raps up by six all but sealing the win.

The Grizzlies finished the night just 5-for-24 from three-point land, while the Raps hit 11 of their 21 threes.

A scary moment for the Raps came midway through the first quarter when Jamario Moon went hard to the basket and came down harder right on his head and lower back following Stromile Swift flagrant foul.

The thud when Moon's head hit the court echoed in the mostly empty (attendance 12,217) FedEx Forum. Mitchell was quickly off the bench to see to Moon, but other than that the rest of the Raptors had no reaction whatsoever.

It's the second time in the past six days that an opponent has sent Moon down hard --Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers pitched him into the stanchion supporting the basket on Friday -- and for the second time the Raps let a flagrant foul on the team's lone rookie go by without so much as a peep.

Moon had a knot on the back of his head and a sore lower back, but said a little rest would take care of it.


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