Raptors rebound with road win against Pelicans

Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez (21) shoots over Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) during second half...

Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez (21) shoots over Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) during second half NBA action in New Orleans on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:30 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS - Greivis Vasquez left a big part of his heart in New Orleans when they shipped him off to Sacramento.

A key member of a young and improving team, Vasquez had every reason to believe he had earned some loyalty from the Pelicans organization, but it was not to be.

Watching him suffer through a mostly horrid first quarter by the Raptors from the bench, it was clear he wanted this game pretty badly.

Vasquez didn’t have the minutes he normally gets in this one in large part because of the unexpected impact Frenchman Nando De Colo was having on the game, so he spent a good part of the first three quarters encouraging his teammates to stay in this one and fight through a rough start.

In the fourth though when Vasquez got his chance, he didn’t miss.

It was Vasquez with five consecutive points late in the fourth that finally got the Raptors over the hump and on their way to a 107-101 win.


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