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TORONTO - Each night, the spotlight is seemingly locked in on a different Raptors player, often stepping out of their comfort zone to ignite the team to victory. [url=https://www.cheaphawks.com/1334r-steve-smith-jersey-hawks.html]Steve Smith Jersey[/url] . On Sunday, an overtime win in New York, it was Patrick Pattersons unlikely late-game defensive performance on Carmelo Anthony. Less than 24 hours later, Patterson recorded a career-best six assists off the bench, but it was newly-minted starter Landry Fields that turned heads in Torontos 95-82 comeback win over the Orlando Magic. Early in the first quarter, Fields grabbed a long rebound and proceeded to dribble the length of the court. Leading a two-on-one fast break, the Raptors sporadically-used swingman went behind the back to find Amir Johnson, who finished the play off with a baby-hook shot. Not to be outdone, with just over four minutes to go in the third quarter, Kyle Lowry drove into the lane, broke down the defence with a wicked crossover and found an open Fields in the right corner. That put extra pressure on me, Fields said of Lowrys drive and dish. It was a great move. It was like, Ive got to hit this now. Fields, a spectator for most of last season and the early part of this year, has started four straight games in place of the injured DeMar DeRozan after sitting out the previous nine contests as a healthy scratch. You could almost see the wheels turning in his head as he debated whether or not to let it fly. The fifth-year vet hadnt attempted a three-pointer in a game in over a year. He hadnt made one since Mar. 22, 2013. It was a spot and opportunity where it was just like, Whatever, Ill put it up there, he said after the game. I just threw it up there and it went in. It was nice. The first thing Fields did was look over to his teammates on the bench. They were standing. On the sideline, I look over, and everybody on the bench is standing up, he recalled. It also shows the kind of camaraderie and chemistry we have as a team. They were loving it and so were the fans - another sellout crowd. But no one appreciated the moment quite like Fields, who couldnt hide the big smile on his face as he back-pedalled to get back on defence. Fields had attempted 219 threes as a rookie with the Knicks, shooting them at a solid 39 per cent clip. It was a big part of his game until a mysterious wrist and elbow injury interfered with his shooting mechanics, among other things. Despite undergoing a pair of surgical procedures on his shooting arm over his three-year tenure with the Raptors, they still dont know a whole lot about the injury - what caused it or how to fully heal it. Its still something he battles, working tirelessly over the years to rebuild his shot. With the history with my arm and everything, its just been a long time coming, the 26-year-old said of his three-pointer. I try not to think [about it]. It kind of lessens the reaction of it. Its still there no matter what. Theres nothing I can do about it. I just want to play through it. Its been a couple years with it now. In practice and situations when Im out there, you kind of find your spots where you can be successful. Right now, the coaches, what they say to me is defence. Whatever is added on to it is kind of extra. Thats kind of been how its transformed. For the third time in three meetings with Orlando this season, the Raptors fell behind in the first half. They went nearly seven minutes at the end of the second quarter without a field goal, coughing up an early 10-point lead in the process. Trailing by eight at halftime, Dwane Casey spoke to his team. Coach started off with his speech, Patterson said. Getting on us, yelling at us. I dont want to give our guys an excuse but we got in at two in the morning, come through Customs; we have to sit at the gate in New York forever, Casey said. I dont know if they do that on purpose or what. And then we get in late, back-to-back, overtime game [on Sunday night]. We had every excuse in the world and thats what I told them at halftime. The second half we found our voice, our energy, our spirit. At some point between the halves, Lowry decided they were not losing this game, as he tends to do. The Raptors point guard set the tone, scoring the first five points of the third quarter. Overall, Toronto held the Magic to 30 points in the final 24 minutes, outscoring them by 21 and winning their 10th straight meeting with Orlando. Although guys were a little bit tired and exhausted, we had a great motivational speech in the locker room at halftime and then guys just came out and stepped it up, said Patterson, who scored 10 points, reaching double digits for the ninth time in 10 games. It started off with Kyle being the leader that he is and it just carried over to everyone else. Valanciunas big week The Raptors have become a staple in the conversation for the Eastern Conferences weekly award. Lou Williams earned Player of the Week honours in the East during the middle of November while Lowry got the nod for the first seven-day stretch of December. Although they relinquished the award to Washingtons John Wall this past week, Jonas Valanciunas was one of three players (Wall and Atlantas Al Horford being the others) to earn nominations in the conference, thanks in large part to his dominant effort on the boards. The third-year centre grabbed 13.5 rebounds per night in four games last week to lead the East over that span, recording double-doubles in three of those contests. He averaged 13.5 points and shot 56 per cent from the field. After surrendering a series of key offensive boards, giving up a winnable game to the Cavaliers midway through the week, rebounding became a focus for Caseys team. Valanciunas responded to that challenge. Hes done a heck of a job of rebounding, Casey said. Hes done an extra special job of rebounding the ball and getting in the mix. Hasnt really scored as well. Hes had some good opportunities hes missed that he could probably make, but hes done an excellent job of rebounding and commanding the paint. Thats what we need from him. Valanciunas is logging over 30 minutes per contest in December after playing just 25 last month and Casey is becoming more comfortable leaving him on the floor down the stretch of close games. His dominance on the glass has been a big reason for his increased playing time. The Raptors have been subpar in that category this season, ranking 16th overall in rebounding (rate), but Valanciunas ranks in the top seven at his position (minimum 15.0 minutes per game). Hes been going and getting it, thats the difference, said the Raptors coach. Thats all you can say, is for someone to go get it with two hands, snap it in, dont let a little guard come up under you. I always tell guys, the dentist office is open tomorrow if the little guards come in there. Youre allowed one pivot and make sure you use it properly. Thats what hes been doing. Im being simplistic, but thats the difference. [url=https://www.cheaphawks.com/294r-chuck-share-jersey-hawks.html]Chuck Share Jersey[/url] .ca. Hi Mr. Fraser, When I was watching the Heritage Classic in Vancouver there was a play midway through the third where Ottawa crashed the Canucks net and it came off its moorings. 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Sam Schmidts drivers went 1-2 on Sunday for the first time in team history as Simon Pagenaud grabbed the win and led rookie teammate Mikhail Aleshin to the checkered flag. Pagenaud used the win, his second of the season, to climb back into the championship race. He came to Houston trailing Will Power by 91 points, and cut it to 59 after the two races. "Its fantastic for the race team and the entire organization," said Pagenaud, who admitted after the race to feeling "a little faint" from temperatures that soared into the 90s. "The whole team has elevated to top team level." Aleshin, the first Russian to compete in IndyCar, was a career-best second for his first podium and said a tire problem nearly prevented him from making it to the finish. "Its definitely an amazing day for the team," he said. "We are one of the fastest cars on the track and I think we did an amazing job today. The whole team did an amazing job." Third went to rookie Jack Hawksworth, his first career podium. It capped a breakthrough weekend for the British driver, who finished a career-best sixth Saturday. "Its been rough this year, weve been fast sometimes and just not quite made it happen," said Hawksworth. "Weve not quite put it together and today we did." A day earlier, Dale Coyne Racing scored its first win of the year with rookie Carlos Huertas. The rookie led a Colombian sweep of the rain-soaked podium alongside countrymen Juan Pablo Montoya and rookie Carlos Munoz. It was a race Pagenaud thought he should have won. He spent the previous week training in California for the heat and humidity, and won the pole for the first race of the doubleheader. His race was ruined, though, first by a spin and then when he was collected in Scott Dixons crash. He finished 16th in the first race. "I was so disappointed Saturday because we had such a fast car this weekend," he said. Power, the points leader, rallied from another poor qualifyying effort to put himself in position for a third-place finish. [url=https://www.cheaphawks.com/1814r-jabari-parker-jersey-hawks.html]Jabari Parker Jersey[/url]. But he failed to make it to the finish line when a part broke on his car two laps from the finish. Pagenaud, Aleshin and Power had peeled away from the pack, leaving Hawksworth behind for a spirited battle to hold on for fourth-place. Then Power went off course and fell to 11th. Still, he entered the weekend with a 39 point lead in the standings and that was unchanged. Hoping to close ground on Power this weekend was Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves, who was ninth Saturday but started from the pole on Sunday looking for a win. Instead, he was chasing Pagenaud from second for the lead early in the race when he drove into Sebastien Bourdais. Castroneves had been setting up his pass of Pagenaud and apparently didnt see Bourdais when he suddenly tried to cut into the same lane as Bourdais. Castroneves wound up 21st. "I was attacking and trying to pass Pagenaud, and I had no idea (Bourdais) was there," Castroneves said. "When I am attacking, I cant have my eyes on the back. Its absolutely ridiculous why the guy had to put the car over there. Its the rules of traffic, when a guy hits a guy in the back, its his fault. I am upset, yes, because we had a great car and its just a shame to have drivers like that who do not use common sense." The contact broke Bourdais front wing while he was running third, caused him to fall through the field, but he rallied to finish fifth, behind Charlie Kimball, despite the damage. It marked consecutive top-five finishes for the first time this season for Bourdais. "He changed lanes and we made pretty heavy contact," Bourdais said of Castroneves move. "That busted my front wing pretty good. After that it was a tough fight. I had to be really creative to compensate for the balance of the car." Huertas, winner Saturday, and Munoz, who finished third on Saturday, both failed to finish on Sunday and were the first two cars out. It was a topsy-turvy weekend like that in which Munoz was the only driver from the big three teams -- Andretti Autosport, Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske -- to earn a podium. ' ' '

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