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TORONTO - For the second straight year, Drake attempted to downplay the magnitude of an annual themed night named in his honour. Tonight, my names attached to it, but its not really about me at all, said the Toronto-born rapper and Raptors global ambassador ahead of Wednesdays Drake Night. Its just about giving the city what these guys have been giving the city all year, just an incredible, exciting evening. Last year it was mostly tongue-in-cheek. It was Jan. 11, a game against the Brooklyn Nets, which, at that point was still just another team. The Raptors, 17-17 at the time, had recently started winning some games and the city was intrigued, but skeptical. They still needed a hook. The Raptors won that night, but Drake was the main attraction. He personalized the opening introductions, gave away free shoes at halftime and when it was all said and done he flexed his bicep in what would become a memorable image, truly encapsulating the teams feel-good season. Its been just over seven months since that magical run came to an abrupt end at the hands of those same Nets, and no one has forgotten about it - not Dwane Casey, not his players and certainly not Drake, who now takes a backseat to the team he represents. Was it a happy coincidence that Drake Night happened to fall on an evening the Nets were in town, again? No. I actually got to choose the game that I wanted to be Drake Night this year, he told reporters before the game. If theres anybody that I want to beat, its the Nets. You know, I think if we have a rivalry at all, I think this would probably would be it. Obviously, Ive got much love for New York and Brooklyn but in this particular arena, at this particular moment, the one thing I want to do is knock out Brooklyn. And they did. The team did. But it wasnt a win one for Drake type of moment. The global ambassador sat quietly in his court-side seat, adjacent to Casey and Torontos bench and took in a game, a rematch that had little to do with his brand. I can only speak for myself, that Game 7 was definitely on my mind from the time I woke up this morning to even now, said Patrick Patterson following the Raptors decisive 105-89 victory over their post-season nemesis. Im definitely happy that we went out there and won the game. It was a bit of revenge in my eyes. Patterson was one of just a few Raptors that didnt downplay the connection between these two teams, admitting theres still some lingering animosity towards the club that ended their season. Casey hasnt forgotten about it either. None of them have, whether they want to fess up or not. I would say they remember but whether it motivates them or not, youd have to ask them, the Raptors coach said. I would say, I hope so. It should motivate you. It took Casey a couple months to get over that series, Game 7 and the play that sealed it - Paul Pierces block on a driving Kyle Lowry. But instead of looking back, or fading away like the Nets have - a product of aging stars, a depleted bench and Pieces move to Washington - theyve been moving forward. Yea, I think [were a better team], said Patterson, one of six players to score in double figures Wednesday and a member of the Raptors celebrated second unit. We have guys who can contribute even more off the bench. Having Lou [Williams] and James [Johnson] makes us even better. Guys have stepped their game up, guys have improved in every area. Weve improved as a team. Both teams are definitely different than when we faced each other last time. The Nets have yet to find any consistency, falling to 10-14 on the season, 1-9 in games against winning opponents. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Raptors have reached 20 wins ahead of their Christmas break for the first time in the franchises 20-year history. Everything we’ve done as a growing team and you see we have a lot of areas where we can improve, said Casey. In the first quarter, his team resembled the young, awestruck bunch from most of last years seven-game series. The Nets shot 59 per cent in the frame, scoring 30 points and Toronto trailed by as many as 11 early on. But thats when their experience and added depth seemed to kick in. Williams came in and scored his nightly 10-plus points, a luxury they didnt have last spring. Johnson did what he was brought in to do, bodying up with Joe Johnson, Brooklyns playoff hero. And then theres Kyle Lowry, who scored a team-high 20 points on 13 shots, adding 12 assists. Shoulda, coulda, woulda, Casey said after the game, refusing to revisionist history. If ifs and buts were candies and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas, right? You can’t look backwards, you have to look forward. I don’t think I can influence how much energy they’re going to play with, Drake had acknowledged before his night. They’re going to come out and do what they do and play as hard as they possibly can every night. Now, the Raptors are in the spotlight - the team, its players, their accomplishments. Its their show. The global ambassador will happily settle for opening act responsibilities. MLB Jerseys China . The Rangers centre left early in Game 1 with an upper body injury after being checked by Canadiens defenceman Mike Weaver and has not played since. Brassard told reporters after practice that he was good to go. That brought a smile to the face of Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. Discount MLB Jerseys . 1. Did the Senators trade the wrong goalie? Lets make one thing clear: The Ottawa Senators acquired Ben Bishop from the St. Louis Blues for one reason and one reason alone. https://www.mlbjerseyschina.us/ . 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Joe Colborne tallied a goal and an assist, Dennis Wideman and Jiri Hudler also scored and Giordano supplied two assists for the Flames, who won their third straight game. Joni Ortio made 19 saves and has now won all three of his NHL starts. Joe Thornton, Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson all lit the lamp and Niemi stopped 19 shots for the Sharks, who had won their previous two games. Calgary got off to a quick start as Wideman blasted a shot through the pads of a screened Niemi 40 seconds into the game. Colborne made it a 2-0 game with a short-handed marker five minutes later. After the Sharks coughed up the puck in their own zone, Colborne took a pass from Matt Stajan, moved in alone on Niemi and cut back from his backhand to his forehand to beat the netminder. We got what we deserved, Sharks coach Todd McLeellan said of the loss.dddddddddddd. Were probably fortunate we got (a point). The start was unacceptable. There are nights where we dont execute. Sometimes its half the team. Tonight it was the whole team. San Jose used a quick goal of its own to cut the deficit in half as Couture snapped a shot home from the left circle 12 seconds into the middle frame. Just over two minutes later, Thornton tied the game with a wrist shot on the power play and Karlsson put the Sharks ahead after he deflected Joe Pavelskis pass into the net nine minutes into the second. A video review upheld the goal as it was determined the puck went in off Karlssons skate without a distinct kicking motion. Calgary evened it back up at 3-3 after Mikael Backlunds shot deflected off a Sharks skate straight to Hudler, who cut across the slot and beat Niemis glove with a quick shot at 11:32. Patrick Marleau had a chance to put San Jose ahead on a breakaway with 10:45 to play, but Ortio snagged his wrister to keep the game tied. Game Notes Thornton tied Norm Ullman for 38th on the NHLs all-time points list with 1,229 ... Calgary has won four of the last five meetings between the two teams ... 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