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TORONTO - The Toronto Raptors are playing like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders, says coach Dwane Casey.Mired in their first real slump in recent memory, the Raptors dropped a 95-93 decision to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.Then they departed the Air Canada Centre with heads hanging, as the six-game homestand they had hoped would turn their fortunes in their favour ended with just two wins.Were playing in mud right now, Casey said. Confidence wise, we have to come out believing that youre going to make a play. . . we have to play with that type of confidence, that type of belief that you can get it done. Somehow, some way, we have to get back to playing basketball and not feeling that weight on our shoulders.DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points for the Raptors (26-14), who have lost seven of their last nine games, and dropped back-to-back home games for the first time since last March. Greivis Vasquez, who started the second half in place of scoreless Terrence Ross, finished with 16 points, Amir Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Patrick Patterson added 10 points.Tyreke Evans scored 26 points, including the driving layup with two seconds to go that gave New Orleans the win. Alexis Ajinca finished with 22 for the Pelicans (20-20), who were playing without starters Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday.This team actually started to win last year and you guys havent seen any struggles since we started winning, an emotional Vasquez told reporters in a quiet post-game locker-room. Everything was heaven, everything was blue, beautiful, clear. Now youre seeing some struggles.Every NBA team. . . I remember Atlanta a month and a half ago was struggling, now theyre probably the best team in the NBA and good for them, credit to them. Were trying to search our identity back and its about being humble and hungry.The Raptors had looked forward to being home after a disappointing six-game road trip out west, but the misery continued at the Air Canada Centre, and Fridays 110-89 rout by the Atlanta Hawks prompted a players-only meeting.Toronto got off to its worst start of the season Sunday, with season lows for both the first quarter 14 points and first half 36 points. They headed for the locker-room at halftime amid a smattering of boos, something that hasnt been heard at a Raptors game in more than a year.Fans have to be patient, Vasquez said. Discouraged how they boo us. I dont think thats very nice because we are really playing hard for them and representing the city. We want the best and we want to win.The Raptors finally showed some life in the third, outscoring the Pelicans 35-14 in the frame to take a 71-65 lead into the fourth. They would stretch their advantage to 12 points on a pair of free throws from Williams with 6:39 to play. And then, the Raptors hit the proverbial wall once again, as the Pelicans missing Davis to a sprained toe and Holiday to a sore right ankle roared back to take the lead in the final minute.DeRozan drained two free throws to tie the game with 43 seconds to play, but Evans dribbled down the clock and scored with 1.6 seconds remaining, to the dismay of the ACC crowd, then DeRozan missed on a last-ditch shot at the final buzzer to send the Raptors into Mondays game at Milwaukee having lost two in a row. The slumping Ross, meanwhile, sat at the end of the Raptors bench for the entire second half, his final play of the game an air ball on a three-point attempt he chucked up to end the first half.Weve just got to be there for him the best way we can, help lift him, just like we do everybody else, DeRozan said. Weve all been there, playing in this league, everybodys been there in some type of way. Weve just got to help him out the best way we can, and get him back on his feet. Once he gets rolling, its going to be something he definitely needed when he looks back at it.Casey said he wont give up on Ross, who hasnt looked anything like the player who tied the franchise record with his 51-point performance last season.Hes a young man, all young players are going to be up and down, we just have to help him any way we can, Casey said. Whether its extra work, if coming out of the lineup is going to help him and his confidence, whatever it takes to get his mojo going. Were playing for something and it is an important time for us to come out of it.The Raptors were clobbered in the paint 62-34, and beaten on second-chance points 18-9.The Raptors staggered out to their lowest-scoring first quarter of the season, shooting just 26 per cent from the field and 1-for-8 from three point range. They didnt reach double digits until more than eight minutes into the game, and trailed 21-14 heading into the second quarter.Obviously we played against a team thats picked to do well in the East, and doing that without Jrue and AD (Davis) was big for us, said Pelicans coach Monty Williams.The poor play continued into the second. Evans scored 13 points to lead the way for the Pelicans, who outscored Toronto 29-22 in the quarter and took a 50-36 advantage into halftime.DeRozan led the way with 13 points in a third quarter that saw Toronto outscore its guests 35-14. Ilkay Gundogan Jersey . Simona Halep of Romania claimed the fifth title of her career by beating Samantha Stosur of Australia 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the womens final. After trading sets, Gasquet trailed 4-3 in the decider but broke back to 4-4 in a game that went to seven deuces with Kukushkin constantly failing on his forehand shots. Wilfried Bony Jersey . Setting United on its way to a 2-0 victory, Rooney sent the ball high from inside the halfway line over goalkeeper Adrian after just seven minutes. "Its just instinct, Ive turned and had a quick look and seen the goalkeeper off his line," Rooney said. -- Canadian womens amateur golf champion Brooke Henderson is a little less starstruck as she prepares for her second career appearance at an LPGA Tour major event. Samir Nasri Jersey .com) - The surprising Calgary Flames host the winless New Jersey Devils at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday. Kevin De Bruyne Jersey . His actions are much louder on the Fenway Park mound. De La Rosa had another strong home start, going seven solid innings to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.SHAWINIGAN, Que. - Philippe Desrosiers made 22 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Rimouski Oceanic beat the Shawinigan Cataractes 1-0 on Friday night in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.Alexis Loiseau scored his sixth goal of the season at 13:44 of the third period for Rimouski (6-1-0). The win gives the Oceanic sole possession of first place in the East division.Marvin Cupper made 34 saves on 35 shots in the loss for Shawinigan (4-2-2).Shawinigan failed to score on seven power-play attempts while Rimouski went 0 for 3 with the man advantage.---ISLANDERS 3 FOREURS 1CHARLOTTETOWN Alexandre Goulet and Kameron Kielly scored in the third period to lead the Islanders past Val-dOr.Captain Ryan MacKinnon also scored for the Islanders (5-2-2).Anthony Beauregard scored the lone goal for Val-dOr (2-6-0).---SEA DOGS 5 SCREAMING EAGLES 4CAPE BRETON, N.S. Saint John scored four unanswered goals to come from behind and defeat the Screaming Eagles.Nathan Noel scored a pair of goals for the Sea Dogs (5-1-2), while Mathieu Joseph, Adam Marsh and Daniel Del Paggio also scored.Charles-Eric Legare scored two goals for Cape Breton (4-3-1), while Clark Bishop and Maxim Lazarev also scored.---WILDCATS 6 HUSKIES 4MONCTON, N.B. Captain Chrisstophe Lalonde scored twice in the third period to record a hat trick and help the Wildcats rally past Rouyn-Noranda.ddddddddddddladimir Tkachev had a goal and three assists for Moncton (5-2-0) while Will Smith and Ivan Barbashev also scored. Ryan Penny scored two goals for the Huskies (4-5-0). Francis Perron and Antoine Waked also scored for the Huskies.---TITANS 4 VOLTIGEURS 3 (SO)DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. Mark Simpson scored the lone goal in the shootout as Acadie-Bathurst beat the Voltigeurs.Nicholas Blanchard, Guillaume Brisebois and Simpson all scored for the Titan in regulation (2-5-0).Georgs Golovkovs, Michael Carcone and Alex Barre-Boulet also scored for Drummondville (3-3-1).---SAGUENEENS 5 OLYMPIQUES 2GATINEAU, Que. Frederic Allard, Nicolas Roy and Alexandre Leclerc scored three unanswered goals as Chicoutimi downed the Olympiques.Landon Schiller and Alexandre Ranger also scored for the Sagueneens (4-4-0).Alexandre Landreville and Pascal Laberge scored for Gatineau (5-2-2).--- DRAKKAR 3 TIGRES 2VICTORIAVILLE, Que. Valentin Zykov scored the shootout winner as Baie-Comeau defeated the Tigres.Luca Ciampini and Frederic Gamelin scored for the Drakkar (3-3-1)Angelo Miceli and Samuel Blais scored for Victoriaville (4-2-2). Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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