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11/01/2012

The Toronto Raptors come up a bucket short in opener

Carlos Osorio (@carlososorio) & Steve Russell (@RussellPhotos

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STEVE RUSSELL - Not everyone had picked up theur season credential as the Toronto Raptors open their 2012-13 season against the Indiana Pacers at Air Canada Centre.

 

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STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas warms up hours before the game.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Jerome Williams and the Raptors saved a seat courtside in honour of the late Lincoln Alexander.

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CARLOS OSORIO - Josh Alexander, Humza Akbar, Shath Sri Shanker and Sean Salonga arrive before Toronto Raptors take on the Indiana Pacers.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Because of a late shipment Jonas Valanciunas, Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields jerseys were in short supply.

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CARLOS OSORIO - Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas is introduced in the pregame.

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CARLOS OSORIO - The revamped pregame show now features images projected onto the court.

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CARLOS OSORIO - The show does still have some hot pyro!

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STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas gets a welcome to the league from George Hill.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas hauls in one of his 10 rebounds.

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STEVE RUSSELL - With the ink still wet on a new four year, $38 million contract extension Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan runs over Paul George.

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STEVE RUSSELL - The Raptor had help during time-outs.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto Raptors' Ed Davis waits as Indiana Pacers shooting guard Gerald Greensoars over.

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CARLOS OSORIO - Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas shoots two of his 12 points.

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CARLOS OSORIO - A gorilla who said his name was Donkey Kong drinks a beer during the first half.

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STEVE RUSSELL - The Dance Pak thrills to thriller.

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CARLOS OSORIO - Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson drives to the net while beign guarded by Indiana Pacers centre Ian Mahinmi.

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CARLOS OSORIO - Toronto Raptors shooting guard Landry Fields drives to the net past Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert.

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CARLOS OSORIO - Kardinal Offishal performs during halftime.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Jonas Valanciunas, battles with Roy Hibbert under the basket.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Dwayne Casey calls an offence.

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STEVE RUSSELL - The ACC holds its breath, Jonas Valanciunas, takes an elbow in his first game in the NBA.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Jonas Valanciunas, favours his  neck after an elbow in his first game.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry walks the side line tight rope against Ian Mahinmi.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Indiana Pacers power forward David West drives into Andrea Bargnani.

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CARLOS OSORIO - Toronto Raptors point guard Jose Calderon signals after hitting a 3-pointer during the second half.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill runs over Kyle Lowry.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill muscles past Kyle Lowry on his way to sink the winning basket.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill floats the ball over seven footer Jonas Valanciunas for the winning basket.

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CARLOS OSORIO - With time run out, Toronto Raptors' Andrea Bargnani watches as his game tying shot misses.

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CARLOS OSORIO - Toronto Raptors' Andrea Bargnani leaves the court after missing the tying shot.

 

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picture proves what I suspected. Hill hooked Lowry which is a foul.

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