SALT LAKE CITY -- Jonas Valanciunas was "juiced" from the moment he batted the opening tip into the backcourt. Cazzie Russell Jersey . The improving big man from Lithuania set the tone and then DeMar DeRozan sealed the deal. "I was really excited to play Enes (Kanter). Hes a good buddy of mine and weve played since I was 15 years old. We talked all the game," said Valanciunas, who had 18 points and nine rebounds to help the Toronto Raptors turn back the Utah Jazz 94-79 on Monday night for their fourth win in the last five games. "We juiced him up a little bit this morning, teasing him about how Kanter got after him in the Euroleague. So he came out and played, really muscled," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said after the second-year centre scored the Raptors first six points. DeRozan scored 23 points as Toronto continued to surprise away from home. "Honestly, I think there is no pressure on the road," DeRozan said. DeRozan looked to get his teammates involved in the first half but once Kyle Lowry left with a knee injury, the new All-Star took matters into his own hands with nine points in the fourth quarter to quell a Jazz comeback. The Raptors scored 13 of the games final 16 points. "I just pick and choose. I try and be aggressive. Try and rebound, try to pass to my teammates. I dont just try and go out there to score every time down," DeRozan said. Valanciunas and Amir Johnson, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds, exposed the Jazz interior defence without Derrick Favours (hip). "Everyone gets along together. We all just kind of click. You usually dont find that," Johnson said. Marvin Williams scored 23 points and Alec Burks had 20 off the bench but it wasnt enough to keep the Jazz from their third straight loss, their worst span since a four-game skid from Dec. 4-9. Greivis Vasquez, who had 12 points, opened the fourth quarter with a floater to give the Raptors a 73-62 lead. Burks made back-to-back driving layups to power an 8-0 run to get the Jazz within four points for the first time since early in the second quarter. But the Raptors used their own 11-2 surge to clinch the victory. DeRozan had seven straight for the Raptors in the stretch. But the Raptors used their own 11-2 surge to clinch the victory. DeRozan had seven straight for the Raptors in the stretch. "Were playing for each other. Each of us want the best for the others on the team. We care about each other and have great chemistry," Vasquez said. The Raptors had dropped seven of eight at Utah by an average of 14.9 points, but controlled this one almost all the way. Torontos last win here since 2006 was a 111-106 double-overtime victory on Jan. 25, 2012. DeRozan has been effective no matter where he plays, especially in games in the States, averaging 27 points over his last seven on the road. Valanciunas also continued his upward trend with another strong game on the interior, with four offensive rebounds and many more plays where he kept the ball alive for Johnson. "Thats the challenge that hes got to take to be a big-time player in this league," Casey said. The Jazz hoped to awaken Gordon Hayward and Trey Burke from their slumps but the pair, which has been shooting less than 30 per cent, combined to make just 7 of 25 shots and commit seven turnovers. "I thought we had great shots. We missed some really good looks we have been making," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said after his team had a season-low 10 assists. Lowry had two points on 1-of-8 shooting before leaving to the locker room for good in the third quarter with right knee pain. He will be evaluated on Tuesday to see if he can play either of the final two games of this five-game Western Conference road trip. The Raptors (14-12) have as many road wins as any team in the Eastern Conference, tied with Miami and Indiana. They have never finished a season above .500 away from home. Favours injured hip prevented him from playing and without their starting centre, the Jazz have lost all six contests this year. Kanter had 10 points for Utah but was pulled after missing a defensive assignment and played just 20 minutes. The Jazz are 1-21 with the big man from Turkey in the starting lineup. Notes: The Raptors are 18-10 after the seven-player trade with Sacramento on Dec. 7. ... Toronto used a 31-17 second quarter to take control of the game. ... DeRozan and Valanciunas were both poked in the eye during the course of the game. ... The Jazz were 3 of 17 from behind the 3-point line. . Jeremy Evans missed the game for Utah with a bruised tailbone and elbow. Larry Smith Jersey .com) - Minnesota Vikings fans would surely concede Teddy Bridgewater is not Peyton Manning. Andre Iguodala Jersey . Mauer drove in two runs before leaving with an injury, Eduardo Nunez homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 10-2 on Tuesday night.CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has awarded $556,623 to a dozen different K-12 public and charter schools as part of the annual grants he and wife, Chandra, have given the last six years.The Johnsons have now donated $3.7 million through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowes Toolbox for Education Champions Grants. The money is earmarked for schools in Johnsons hometown of El Cajon, California, Chandra Johnsons hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma, as well as Charlotte, where the Johnsons live.The Thursday announcement was made at Garinger High School, one of five schools in the Charlotte area to receive a Champions Grant. Garinger was awarded $50,000 to build an outdoor classroom and kitchen to facilitate the Garinger Urban Farm.On hand for the presentation was the Johnsons 4-year-old daughter, Evie, who skipped preschool to attend the presentation. Although Evie was camera-shy during the ceremony and focused on playing with sticks after the event, the couple said its important their two daughters understand giving back to the community.It feels amazing and thats why we wanted our daughter to come, we wanted her to see us do something like this, Chani Johnson said. This is why we are working, this is why we have a foundation, this is why we invest thhe time that we do: Its for this reason, and it feels amazing to be impactful in our local community. Shaun Livingston Jersey. he grants this year included $257,870 toward science and technology needs, $168,316 for health and fitness activities, $80,458 toward arts programs and $49,979 toward literacy initiatives.The Johnsons help select the recipients each year, and Chandra Johnson said she and her husband differ on which projects to choose. Shes drawn to arts programs, while Johnson leans toward science and tech requests.The majority of our grant requests are STEM-related, and as I was a boy in school, I tuned out so quick, so easy, especially in English or any of those other classes, Johnson said. If I had something captivating with a computer or building a robot, any of these projects, it would have kept me tuned in a lot more in school.Among the projects funded this year were: $49,840 to River Elementary School in Concord to purchase LEGO EV3 robots to aid with learning engineering skills, problem solving and collaboration; $78,000 to Sadler Arts Academy in Muskogee to build a walking/running path to enhance student fitness; $80,458 to Grossmont High School in El Cajon to integrate technology and foster collaboration between the arts and core academic classes. ' ' '
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17 déc. 2019
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