Jamario learns hard way

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:39 AM ET

Jamario Moon's first season in the NBA has been mostly one great memory after another -- from his first game, to his first start and soon his first slam-dunk competition. But there was definitely one memory he'll take from yesterday's game that he won't treasure as much as the others.

With just more than 16 seconds remaining in regulation and the Raptors holding a four-point lead, Moon did the unthinkable and fouled Travis Outlaw, just as the Portland forward was letting fly with a successful three-pointer.

Outlaw then calmly sank the game-tying free throw, ultimately sending the game into overtime and leaving Moon to wander back to his bench expecting the worst from his head coach and his teammates.

"I didn't want to walk back to the bench," Moon admitted.

Fortunately for Moon, his teammates were either too angry or just downright forgiving enough that no one said much of anything to him.

Head coach Sam Mitchell said he recalled making a similar blunder in his playing days and how much he appreciated his coach and teammates not making it worse than it already was.

"I was proud of my team because nobody got on (Moon)," Mitchell said. "Everyone just patted him on the back and he came back and made a couple of blocks in OT and got some key rebounds for us.

"He has a lot to do with where we are today and everyone makes mistakes."


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