The Toronto Raptors traveled to Denver in hopes to get a road win against a historically tough home team in the Denver Nuggets. Typically the Raptors are led by the two-headed scoring monster of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, but on Friday night it was Terrence Ross who led the way with 18 points along with three blocks, three assists and one rebound. The Raptors defeated the Nuggets 100-90 — a score that is not really indicative of how the game played out.
Ross established himself early, using his size against Nuggets guard Randy Foye, who looked over-matched, and Denver was unable to find an answer for the explosive player all game.
Nuggets power-forward Kenneth Faried did not have much luck against Ross either as Ross threw down a highlight-reel worthy dunk that set the internet abuzz and is already being discussed as a dunk-of-the-year candidate.
Ross’ play all game took away some hype from an anticipated match-up between two Villanova teammates in Kyle Lowry and Randy Foye, who were both quiet all game scoring 13 and 10 points respectively. Lowry was unable to score a point until he hit a buzzer-beating three-point field goal to end the first quarter of play.
Many in the media thought that Ross could not continue his improved play considering DeRozan, who was recently named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team, returned to the Raptors starting lineup Friday evening; however, when afforded the opportunity Ross has proved the doubters wrong all season, and I would expect to see more of the same as the Raptors head into the playoffs.