Amir Johnson of the Raptors jostles with Kenneth Faried of the Nuggets for control of the ball during Toronto's big win over Denver at the ACC last night. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)
Small ball suddenly became in fashion, a style of play that lends itself to an up-and-down game, a game where shots are aplenty, where any stop is viewed as crucial.
Such would be the case in the frenetic fourth on Tuesday night, one of those rare evenings where bigs were basically told to sit and watch from the comfort of the bench.
This wasn’t a case of which team would score, but how quickly one can find the bottom of the basket.
Closing out games has been one area the Raptors have found to be elusive, their latest challenge being provided by the visiting Denver Nuggets, who wouldn’t allow a depleted roster to undermine their focus.
Entertainment wise, this was among the best, made even more memorable by how the final period would play out.
At one point, there were four point guards on the floor.
At one point, Rudy Gay would be banished to the bench after picking up his fifth foul.