Over the course of a given NBA game, what you want to see out of your favorite team is well-executed plays in the half-court set that involve multiple players working together to create the easiest possible shot.
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J.R. Smith was caught in isolation on the perimeter with the shot clock winding down, and while the defense of C.J. Miles was about as good as possible, Smith was able to use his incredible handles to free himself, and swish home the long jumper before time expired.
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Kyle Lowry had the ball in his left hand when he felt contact. Not only did he try to sell a foul by flailing his arms, the right-hander tried to draw a shooting foul by hurling an off-balance 31-footer toward the basket.
No continuation. No whistle at all.
But Lowry made the shot, anyway.
Lowry and the Raptors will take it, but they didn’t need a break like that against the Wizards’ dismal defense last night. Toronto won, 140-111.
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