Primo performance

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Centre Primoz Brezec made his Raptors debut with 9:38 left in the second quarter last night, scoring his first points on a tip-in a couple of minutes later. After scoring, he raised his hand and index finger in the air in celebration, much to the delight of the sold-out crowd, although not so much with head coach Sam Mitchell. He then scored a fast-break dunk from Calderon to put Toronto ahead 44-38.

The 7-foot-1 Brezec, who plays on the Slovenian national team with Raptors teammate Rasho Nesterovic, was very animated throughout the game, and finished with 11 points, three rebounds and four fouls in 13 minutes, shooting 5-for-5 from the field. Brezec finished the game by scoring a running layup on a long pass from T.J. Ford, was fouled, and scored the free.

He was often too animated, making various celebratory gestures after scoring, prompting Mitchell to wave him back on defence.

The Raptors activated Brezec yesterday in place of forward Maceo Baston. Toronto gave up shooting guard Juan Dixon to the Detroit Pistons for Brezec.

AROUND THE HOOP

The Raptors held their fourth community spotlight game last night to raise awareness for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.

Proceeds from the Raptors Foundation's 50/50 draw last night went to the Boys & Girls Clubs while volunteers at the Air Canada Centre collected donations from the fans ... The fans and the Raptors players got a big kick out of a scoreboard bit late in the game when Chris Bosh, Jamario Moon, Anthony Parker and Jose Calderon were superimposed as dancers in the Michael Jackson video for Thriller ... The Raptors lead the NBA in shooting from three-point range (42%) and are on pace for the second-highest team total in NBA history.


Videos

Photos