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Third Quarter Woes Continue As Raps Lose To Warriors
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FINAL SCORE
Toronto 112 124 KINGS
Anthony Laksmana
March 13, 2010
ORACLE Arena
Oakland, CA
IT WAS OVER WHEN...

The Raptors' poor play in the third quarter continued Saturday night, as they struggled to keep pace with the lowly Warriors, who snapped a six-game losing streak.

The Warriors were up by as many as 12 points in the quarter, who often went zone that confused the Raptors' high-octane offence. Golden State shot a blistering 59.3% from beyond the arc, setting a season high with 16 3-pointers in the game.

THE GAME CHANGER

The Raptors had no answer to the starting backcourt of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry, who torched Toronto for a combined 66 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds and 6 steals on the night.

The duo nailed 10 3-pointers on 15 attempts while each playing over 40 minutes in the game. They were able to use their quickness and sharp shooting skills to abuse the Raptors' perimeter defence.

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

Amir Johnson had a strong game coming off the bench scoring 14 points to go along with 6 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals in under 21 minutes of action Saturday night.

The power forward had a huge block on Corey Maggette's dunk attempt, sprinting back to get the swat. The energy and hustle Johnson brought sparked the Raptors to go on a 15-2 run to end the first frame.

THAT'S A RAP

"Just do it. Act like you care. We're trying to make the playoffs, we're trying to get a fifth seed, but that's slipping away... I'm glad I'm not the coach, because I wouldn't know what to do either. I don't know how many times you can change it, how many speeches you can give. I don't know how many lineup changes there can be. I don't know. The coaches can only do so much. We have to take control of this team because the clock is ticking."

- Chris Bosh on Saturday's loss.

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Sun., March 14 vs. Portland Trail Blazers
9 PM ET (SCORE, FAN 590)

GAME NOTES:
Sunday will mark the first and only time the Raptors visit Portland this season. In their previous meeting on Feb. 24, the Trail Blazers pulled off a 101-87 road win against the Raptors, who were missing their All-Star forward, Chris Bosh, out with an ankle sprain. Hedo Turkoglu, who has struggled throughout his first season with the Raptors, had a strong performance dropping 24 points, going 8 for 9 from the field and nailing all 3 attempts from beyond the arc. The Turkish forward nearly signed with the Trail Blazers in the off-season before committing on a long-term deal with Toronto.

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The Numbers
48 Points off the bench for the Raptors
16 3-pointers made on 27 attempts by the Warriors against the Raptors
58-32 Points in the paint favouring the Raptors
25-9 Fast break points favouring the Warriors
31 Points needed by Chris Bosh to become the first player in Raptors history to reach 10,000 points in a career.
They Said It...
Don Nelson "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."
- Warriors head coach Don Nelson.
Jay Triano "The biggest difference tonight was the defensive rebounding. When they get the second chance points it's pretty tough to stop. It gives them energy and they made shots early and we didn't respond."
- Raptors head coach Jay Triano on his team's performance Saturday night.
Jarrett Jack "We played pretty well in the first two quarters and in the 3rd quarter they made a run and it kept going after that. We didn't take care of the ball particularly well & when we tend to miss shots it affects us on the defensive end and we can't let that happen."
- Jarrett Jack on selfishness effecting Wednesday’s game.