Raptors finish strong to beat Grizzlies

Raptors' DeMar DeRozan plays physical against Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol on March 14. (CRAIG...

Raptors' DeMar DeRozan plays physical against Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol on March 14. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Frank Zicarelli, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:56 PM ET

TORONTO - The evening would begin with a sloppy first quarter, but it would end with a sublime fourth period.

And in basketball, it isn’t so much how one starts, but how one finishes, which pretty much sums up Toronto’s night against visiting Memphis.

It was by no means pretty and too many areas of deficiencies would surface, but credit the Raptors for their perseverance, their late-game execution and ability to step up when a game was on the line.

The Grizzlies did the Raptors a lot of favours, unable to finish around the basket, failing to close out on shooters and not adjusting to Toronto’s pick and roll sequences.

But no one should dismiss Toronto’s fourth-quarter play on Friday, an evening that saw the home side emerge with a 99-86 win.


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