Double the pleasure: Raptors end another skid in UtahJan 26, 2012 - 8:28 AM Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Andrea Bargnani and Linas Kleiza scored 25 points apiece Wednesday night and the Toronto Raptors snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Utah Jazz with a 111-106 win in double-overtime.
It was Toronto's first win in the series since December 22, 2004.
Bargnani, who played his second game after missing the previous six with a strained calf, scored all of his points in regulation. He played 3:55 in the first overtime before sitting the rest of the game.
Jose Calderon knocked down a three-pointer with 13.3 seconds remaining in regulation for Toronto, tying the game, while Paul Millsap buried a three with 3.0 seconds left in the first overtime to knot the contest for Utah.
The back-breaker in the second overtime was Calderon's three-pointer from 10 feet behind the arc to beat the shot clock, giving Toronto a six-point lead with 86 seconds left.
The Jazz played without leading scorer Al Jefferson because of an inflamed right ankle, but still had an 18-point lead in the first quarter.
"It's a tough loss for us because we know we should have won the game," said Millsap, who scored 31. "(It fell apart) in the second quarter. Our defense was poor."
It was the second time in two days that the Raptors snapped a long losing streak to another team. They beat Phoenix, 99-96, in Bargnani's return on Tuesday for their first win over the Suns since February 10, 2004.
The Raptors trailed by six midway through the fourth quarter after a Millsap three-pointer. They were quickly within one after that, setting up a frantic final minute of regulation.
Millsap, picking up the slack in Jefferson's absence, drove left into the lane past Bargnani and buried a tough fall-away shot to make it 88-85 Utah with 45 seconds left, but Bargnani responded with a basket at the other end.
Devin Harris, who scored 24 for the Jazz, drove the baseline for a finger roll that gave them a three-point lead again.
But Calderon knocked down a straightaway three to tie it, and Millsap lost the ball on a spin move in the lane with a chance to win the game.
Millsap made up for the gaffe in the first overtime on a dramatic shot clock- beating tip-in off Gordon Hayward's airballed three-pointer, tying the game at 95-95 after the Jazz had been down by five.
Later, Millsap drained a three-pointer over Amir Johnson from the left side to tie it at 100, and the game went into a second overtime after Kleiza missed a three way behind the arc at the buzzer.
In the second OT, after Calderon hit his three to make it 109-103, the Jazz pulled within three points but Harris missed 3-of-4 foul shots in a 25-second span and the Jazz couldn't make the points up. They were just 24-of-36 from the line in the game.
"Everybody that got on the court tonight contributed and fought to win a double-overtime game," said Raptors coach Dwane Casey.
Things looked a lot better early when Utah had leads of 30-12 and 32-14 in the first quarter. They were up 32-23 heading into the second but it was tied 50-50 at halftime. Utah then led 75-69 going into the fourth quarter.
Bargnani had 36 points in his return Tuesday night...The Raptors are 2-1 on a five-game road trip that continues Friday at Denver...Derrick Favors started for Jefferson and scored 16 with 12 rebounds. Raja Bell and C.J. Miles both had 11 points for Utah...DeMar DeRozan scored 17 for Toronto, Leandro Barbosa added 13 and Calderon had 12...The Jazz are 9-3 in January after starting the season 1-3.
- TORONTO: 111
Final - 2OT
Jan 26 12:01 AM
- TORONTO: 100
End of OT
Jan 25 11:43 PM
- TORONTO: 90
End of Regulation
Jan 25 11:22 PM
- TORONTO: 69
End of 3rd
Jan 25 10:49 PM
- TORONTO: 50
Jan 25 10:11 PM
- TORONTO: 23
End of 1st
Jan 25 9:39 PM
- TORONTO: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Jan 25 9:13 PM
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