Notebook: Raptors 98, Suns 71



Posted Mar 7, 2013 12:32 AM

Jonathan Dalton, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: Sebastian Telfair, relegated to the bench for all but seven minutes since being traded to Toronto from Phoenix, scored 13 points in 26-plus minutes and the Raptors routed the Suns 98-71 Wednesday.

DeMar DeRozan scored 15 and Amir Johnson added 14 for the Raptors, who outscored Phoenix 26-16 in the second quarter to turn a four-point lead after the first into a 54-40 advantage.

The Suns already were without backup center Jermaine O'Neal, who left the team while his 13-year-old daughter undergoes surgery to repair a leaky heart valve. Phoenix then lost starter Marcin Gortat with 34.6 left in the first quarter when he came down with a rebound and stepped on Johnson's foot.

Marcus Morris was the only Suns player in double figures, coming off the bench to score 12.

QUOTABLE: "Anytime your spot is taken or given away you want to come out there and show you are a player. I do this for my family and my kids. I got to do this."

-- Sebastian Telfair

THE STAT: The Suns had 20 turnovers before the third quarter was over en route to a season-worst 29 leading to 39 Raptors points.

THE STAT II: Suns-killer Rudy Gay, who has averaged 20.7 points against Phoenix while with Memphis, finished with five points on 2-for-7 shooting.

QUOTABLE II: "There's nothing positive to take from that game except it's over."

-- Suns coach Lindsey Hunter

TURNING POINT: Gortat's departure, which forced the Suns to play small. Phoenix's only center was Hamed Haddadi, who had not played since coming to the Suns from Toronto. The Raptors outscored Phoenix 73-49 after Gortat went down.

HOT: DeRozan was 7-for-13 from the floor, Johnson 5-for-8. The Raptors bench was 19-for-39 from the floor and outscored Phoenix's reserves 54-32.

NOT: Only Morris' 3-pointer with 23 seconds left kept Phoenix from matching the franchise's 32-year-old record for fewest points in a game.

NOTABLE: Haddadi became the first Suns player to wear a jersey number higher than 55 in a game. ... All 11 Raptors who played scored at least three points, with six in double figures. ... Phoenix's 29 turnovers were a franchise high at US Airways Center.

UP NEXT: For the Raptors, Friday @ L.A. Lakers, Sunday vs. Cleveland, Wednesday @ Boston. For the Suns, Friday @ Sacramento, Saturday vs. Houston, Monday vs. Denver.