Friday February 25 2011 – 10:59pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
Toronto falls to 16-43 on the season, losing to the Phoenix Suns, 110-92
Raptors - Andrea Bargnani had 5 of Toronto’s 6 field goals (Raps were 6/20 FG … Bargs was 5/7 alone); Toronto down 35-14 after 1 QRT
Suns - Vince Carter scored 11 points on 5/7 FG; PHX out-rebounded the Raptors 15-8; Carter added 4 steals in the QRT as well
AT THE HALF
Raptors - shot 12/19 FG in the QRT and got 12 points in the QRT from DeMar DeRozan but still trailed 60-42 at the half
Suns - beating the Raptors in 2nd chance points at the half, 8-2; fast-break advantage for PHX, 15-4; led by as many as 24
Raptors - cut the lead from 18 to 12 about 90 seconds into the QRT but never got any closer … falling down by as many as 26 PTS
Suns - 12-4 2nd chance points after 3 and 21-6 on the fast-break … beating the Raptors at their own game in a sense; Steve Nash 11 assists through 3 QRTs
THE FINAL FRAME
Raptors - Leandro Barbosa scored 15 PTS in the QRT on 7/8 FG but clearly it was too little too late for Toronto … as they lose by 18 (same as the halftime deficit)
Suns - gave up 10 points off turnovers in a fairly sloppy QRT but the game was well in-hand anyway and, thus, it didn’t matter!
ALSO OF NOTE
Jose Calderon finished 0/3 for 0 points, 7 assists, and 3 turnovers. Rough night
Bargnani finished 12/15 FG for a game-high 26 points … a solid effort wasted in a rough night by the team overall
James Johnson started his 2nd straight game for Toronto (6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in 27:34 minutes)
Nash was just 2/12 FG (7 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists) and did not play a single second in the 4th QRT
Marcin Gortat played 33:45 minutes off the Suns’ bench … grabbing the double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds
Toronto, #1 in the league in fast-break points, was out-scored in that slot by PHX … 26-11
Post-game interview with Suns guard Vince Carter(17 PTS, 7 REB, 6 STL) + highlights from the game and audio from our post-game show, “The Rap”:
The Raptors will stay in Toronto and get set to host the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday evening at the ACC. Paul Jones and I will be on the air that night at 530pm with the pre game show and we’ll have tip off just after 6pm.
Have a good one.