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Rudy Gay scores 20 points in debut with Raptors (VIDEO)

Feb 2, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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Rudy Gay played his first game with the Raptors on Friday, after being the main piece in a three-team trade that sent him out of Memphis due to the team’s finances more than anything else.

Gay came off the bench in his Toronto debut, and finished with a team-high 20 points in 33 minutes as his team put together a complete dismantling of the Clippers.

The three-pointer over Grant Hill to end the third was my favorite of his shots on the night, but there were plenty of highlights to choose from. Gay scored inside and out, and shot 8-of-16 from the field, including 3-of-6 from three-point distance.

The Clippers were without Chris Paul due to injury, and Matt Barnes due to his serving a one-game suspension. But even with those guys missing, the game shouldn’t have been this lopsided. Thanks to the spark that Gay provided, however, the Raptors seemed unusually energized by their recent acquisition — at least for a single night.

  1. nygdriveforfive - Feb 2, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Demar and Rudy looked good on the court together. Hopefully a sign of good times to come.

    • money2long - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      i love the lowry, derozan, gay combination. all of them can create their own offense, yet they all seem to mesh. all three are athletic, all three can go off any given night. having a stretch four along with those guy in bargnani will also be fun to see. they may trade him however in a package with another player for a more defensively skilled 4. but with jonas valanciunas there at the 5, that team has some great pieces, and bryan colangelo has done it again.

    • saint1997 - Feb 3, 2013 at 3:08 AM

      Absolutely, hopefully with the great talent of Ross, Lowry, Valenciunas etc. the team can start to get out and run. This is an athletic team with a great future. If the team can trade Bargnani for a serviceable PF and maybe acquire Eric Bledsoe somehow, this could be the next Denver

  2. jerdogthompson - Feb 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    That was by FAR the WORST game the Clippers played this season. From the end of the 2nd quarter to the end if the 3rd they scored what 10 freaking points. Many we’re open shots……..Toronto played inspired B-ball and gave the Clippers a good old fashion beat down Toronto style. The entire team looked like all-stars out there. CP3 we need you like now………..

    • badintent - Feb 2, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      Damn, the Clippers looked like ………….. the Lakers.All the dogs were barking

  3. moseskkim - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Happy for Rudy. Always felt the starting front court of Memphis was too talented and that there wasn’t enough ball to go around. And him and zbo had a bad relationship. Hopefully Rudy shows he’s an allstar caliber player in Toronto.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 2, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      Gay will be a Hall of Famer, because it’s a proven fact that being the only All Star worthy player on a team leads to multiple ASG appearances and therefore the Hall.

  4. badintent - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Gotta be the hair !

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