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Raptors Tyler Hainsbrough is pushed away under the bucket by the Kings Reggie Evans during the...

Raptors Tyler Hainsbrough is pushed away under the bucket by the Kings Reggie Evans during the second quarter March 8, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:11 PM ET

Every once in a while, the NBA’s schedule makers provide some breathing room, a time that allows teams to exhale from the marathon that is the regular season.

While coaches aren’t exactly enthralled at a four-day stretch of inactivity, players don’t mind the period of rest.

The Raptors, who played a pulsating game against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, played like they were in the midst of their mini-break when the Sacramento Kings rolled into Toronto on Friday.

But once the Raptors found their legs, their compete level and realized an opportunity had to be seized, they imposed their will and were on their way to matching last season’s win total.

There’s plenty of rewards that await, but key pieces were able to rest for an extended stretch as Toronto won its 34th game.


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