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Raptors' Slide Hits Four Straight Losses In Houston
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Raptors 92 116 Rockets
Jay Satur
March 1, 2010
Toyota Center
Houston, TX

The absence of Chris Bosh (ankle), Jose Calderon (elbow) and eventually Hedo Turkoglu, who was forced out with an ankle sprain in the second quarter, loomed large in the Raptors' fourth straight defeat.

But with those players out, taking care of the basketball and stepping up the energy on the defensive end becomes that much more critical and both were in short supply Monday. The Rockets nailed their first ten shots from the floor and went on to beat Toronto convincingly in each of the first three quarters. The Raptors also turned it over 18 times, giving them 62 overall in their last four games.


It was the Rockets' backcourt of Aaron Brooks and the recently-acquired Kevin Martin that helped them get off to such a hot start, as the undersized but speedy pair scored 40 of the team's 68 first-half points with five three-pointers in the opening 24 minutes.

The duo went on to share game-high honours with 28 points each and added 11 assists before calling it a night with their fellow starters at the end of the third quarter.


Credit Marcus Banks for rising to the challenge on Monday. With Jose Calderon out with a cut on his right elbow, Banks stepped in and scored a team-high 15 points (5-7 FGM-A) with four assists, four steals and three rebounds.

As was mentioned in Monday's broadcast, Banks may not have seen a lot of minutes this season, but he's brought professionalism and enthusiasm to the floor when he's been in.


“They came out and made shots and we just hung our heads and didn’t compete. Without Chris (Bosh) and Jose (Calderon) we knew we had to pick it up as a team and we didn’t. We have to create more of a sense of urgency. Every body took it on themselves to score and the ball just didn’t move. When three of your top four players aren’t playing, it’s very hard to win. I don’t see any reason to panic.”

- Jay Triano on the loss.


Fri., March 5 @ New York Knicks
7:00 PM ET (TSN, FAN 590)

The Raptors now have three days to prepare for a pair of huge divisional games before heading out West, beginning with the Knicks on Friday. It remains unknown if any of Bosh, Turkoglu or Calderon will be ready to return to the lineup on Friday. Toronto has won the first two games of the four-game season series, winning both games at MSG. The team's will also meet on April 14, the final day of the regular season, at ACC.

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The Numbers
12 Remaining road games for the Raptors, who have gone 10-19 away from ACC so far this season.
52% Rockets' 3-point shooting percentage, narrowly better than their 51.2% overall fg%
21-23 Free throw shooting for the Rockets (91.3%)
14 Number of first-quarter points for Andrea Bargnani, who went scoreless in the final three quarters.
68 First-half point total for the Rockets, giving them a new season-high.
They Said It...
Andrea Bargnani "With three guys out, we became very selfish, me first. We have to get back to what we were doing. We need to share the ball and talk as a team and play good defence."
- Andrea Bargnani on the team's play.
Rick Adelman "We caught a team that was short-handed and we shot well and moved it well and after the first quarter, I thought the second and the third quarter we defended pretty well. We did what we wanted to do."
- Rockets head coach Rick Adelman
Hedo Turkoglu "It’s a little sore right now. It was throbbing and I hope it’s not too bad and I can come back next game. I just couldn’t continue when I was out there."
- Hedo Turkoglu on his sprained ankle.