It was early in the fourth quarter, the game was all but decided and Sebastian Telfair made a steal at midcourt of the US Airways Center.
The play led to a breakaway layup for his Raptors teammate Landry Fields and as Fields put the ball in the bucket, Telfair stood, glared at the Phoenix Suns bench and clapped his hands violently.
It was the ultimate “take that” moment for the point guard who spent the first 47 games of the season in a Suns uniform.
The play itself was hardly memorable, nor was the night, but Telfair won’t likely forget his 10-point, four-assist evening as the Raptors trounced the Suns 98-71 to break off a five-game losing streak.
“I had a hunch that he would play hard here and he did,” coach Dwane Casey said after leaving Telfair out for 25 minutes.
“I explained to John (Lucas), it’s nothing John Lucas has done wrong . . . I just wanted to get a good look at Bassy, get a good look at (Terrence) Ross, give those guys big-time minutes, quality minutes in the game tonight.”
While saying it wasn’t personal, Telfair made it personal.
“Anytime your spot gets taken or given away, you want to come out and show that you are a player,” he said. “I do this for my family and my kids so I had to do this. I wouldn’t call it personal but you do have to go out there and compete.”
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