|Real Madrid earns 104-103 win over Raptors in Spain|
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|Thursday, 11 October 2007 15:57|
Former Michigan player Bullock hit four free throws in the final nine seconds. Charles Smith, a former player with the Miami Heat and L.A. Clippers, hit some big shots down the stretch and finished with 18 points.
``It was a nice game for the Spanish public, it was a good show,'' Bullock said.
Andrea Bargnani, who led Toronto with 23 points, hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds to play to cut it to one, but Sergio Llull had a steal and made the subsequent free throws for the Spanish champions.
The Raptors wrapped up their European tour with a 1-2 record.
Jose Calderon and Jorge Garbajosa played well in their return to their native Spain since joining the Raptors, with Garbajosa scoring 15.
``The team has spent time together, I've had a chance to show my teammates around ... that's been important. The team won't be worried about the results of this trip,'' Calderon said.
Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said that the loss would hopefully serve as a wake-up call for his team.
``We haven't set our starting rotation yet and we need guys to chip in and do the dirty work,'' Mitchell said.
A defensive stop by Madrid and a 3-pointer from Smith put Madrid up 97-92 with 59 seconds left.
Calderon's reverse layup gave the Raptors an 82-81 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Smith's 3-pointer gave Madrid a 79-75 lead going into the fourth.
After hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to tie it at 63, Bullock saved a loose ball that found its way to Michalis Pelekanos, who had a 3-pointer and lay-in giving Madrid a five-point lead.
But Garbajosa hit a 3-pointer then Caldron's layup tied it, before Bargnani's crossover dribble through the lane had the Raptors back ahead 70-68.
The Raptors were missing All-Star center Chris Bosh, but still got out to a 9-0 lead after T.J. Ford fed Rasho Nesterovic with a no-look pass for the easy dunk to open the game.
Madrid, 3-for-8 from 3-point range in the first period, rediscovered its shooting touch in the second quarter, with Bullock's 3-pointer early in the period getting Madrid within 33-29.
Bullock was hitting jumpers from the outside while Blagota Sekulic was strong inside as Madrid cut the advantage to 39-37 midway through the second before going into halftime down 56-54.