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Third-Quarter Meltdown Sinks Raptors In Sacramento
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FINAL SCORE
Toronto 90 113 KINGS
Jay Satur
March 10, 2010
ARCO Arena
Sacramento, CA
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IT WAS OVER WHEN...

The third quarter continued to present a major problem of late for the Raptors, who absolutely fell apart after the break at ARCO Arena on Wednesday.

Sacramento opened the third on 12-0 run to turn a 45-40 deficit into a seven-point lead and blew up from there. The Kings went on to outscore the Raptors 43-23 in the third and deal them a seventh loss in eight games.

THE GAME CHANGER

The Kings' starting backcourt of rookie Tyreke Evans and veteran Beno Udrih were outstanding on Wednesday, shredding the Raptors for a combined 43 points, 18 assists and 14 rebounds.

Evans got over a slow start and used his size and strength to muscle his way inside all night on his way to his first-career triple-double (19 pts, 10 rebs, 10 ast). Udrih meanwhile, did more damage from the perimeter, shooting 10-of-14 from the field for a game-high 24 points.

The third quarter continued to present a major problem of late for the Raptors, who absolutely fell apart after the break at ARCO Arena on Wednesday.

Sacramento opened the third on 12-0 run to turn a 45-40 defecit into a seven-point lead and blew up from there. The Kings went on to outscore the Raptors 43-23 in the third and deal them a seventh loss in eight games.

THAT'S A RAP

“We had guys coming down and taking shots and other guys are not happy that they don’t touch the ball. We miss the shot and they get the rebound and then fastbreak points. It’s a 10-0 run before you know it. We caved after that. We tried to call timeout and tried to bring them back together but again it’s the same thing. This is a team that if you give a little confidence to, they didn’t have it the first half and they did the second. It just streamrolled from there.”
- Jay Triano on his team's performance.

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Sat., March 10 vs. Warriors
10:30 PM ET (TSN, FAN 590)

GAME NOTES:
The Raptors must try and salvage a split of their four-game road trip, beginning with the Warriors at Oracle Arena on Saturday night. The game also opens up a back-to-back, with the Raptors holding a 6-9 mark in the first games of those sets this season. Golden State remains the only team that Toronto has yet to face this season.

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The Numbers
0-12 Raptors record when they shoot less than 44 per cent or lower from the field this season (43.9% on Wed.)
7 Number of times Raptors have been swept in back-to-backs this season
43 A season-high for points in a quarter from the Kings, scored in the third on Wednesday
52-33 Rebounding totals favouring the Kings
22-6 Fast break points favouring the Kings.
They Said It...
Jose Calderon "It’s team defense. Sometimes it’s good when you don’t want your man to score but you should be able to help your teammates too. Hopefully we’ll have a day off, practice Friday and be ready for the next game."
- Jose Calderon on the loss.
Paul Westphal "Obviously we really enjoyed the night. I think it was a treat for the fans to come out and honor Tyreke (Evans) that way and for him to have his first career triple-double – there’s going to be a lot of them"
- Kings head coach Paul Westphal on the performance of his rookie Tyreke Evans .
Chris Bosh "Tonight was a tale of two halves. I think we let our offense dictate too much defensively. You are going to have nights when you struggle offensively but you can’t let that dictate your mood."
- Chris Bosh on selfishness effecting Wednesday’s game.