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Raptors Silenced Early By Jazz At Air Canada Centre
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SCORE RECAP PHOTOS VIDEOS
FINAL SCORE
JAZZ 113 87 RAPTORS
Jay Satur
March 24, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
IT WAS OVER WHEN...

The Raptors were down 6-0 after 90 seconds and while they traded buckets with the Jazz to keep the deficit within single digits for most of the first quarter, Utah pushed its advantage to 16 points after 12 minutes. That lead grew to 18 points by halftime and the Raps never cut it down to less than 13 from there.

Seven Jazz players scored at least 10 points on Wednesday, resulting in a disappointing start to an important week for the Raptors post-season chances.

THE GAME CHANGER

Deron Williams sliced up the Raptors from the start on Wednesday, driving through defenders early and either finishing at the rim or kicking out to open teammates. After 12 minutes, he already had six points and seven assists.

His 18 points on 7-15 shooting were in line with his season average, but he picked Toronto's defence apart with 16 assists -- two more than the Raptors dished out on the night. It marks the third time this season that Williams has recorded at least 16 helpers in a game this season.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Home doesn't seem nearly as sweet following a second consecutive 26-point loss at ACC. The Raptors have now dropped five of their last seven at home with their two wins coming by a combined seven points.

Toronto's last two home losses came against the Jazz and Thunder, two Western teams hungry for homecourt advantage. But the Raptors seem far removed from the team that went 14-1 at ACC from mid-December to the All-Star Break, including victories over the Spurs, Mavericks and Lakers.

THAT'S A RAP

"The one thing you take from it is you look how they play. You have to play with that type of tenacity every cut. Every single cut they make, if you take away the first option, then they look for the second option; they share the ball extremely well. I thought we got complacent holding the basketball and when you do that they lock in. They share extremely well and they are the epitome of how you want to try and execute; that is why they are the number one field goal percentage shooting team in the NBA and have been for the last three or four years. "

- Head coach Jay Triano on the win.

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Fri., March 26 vs. Denver Nuggets
7:00 PM ET (TSN2, FAN590)

GAME NOTES:
The Raptors try to get back to their winning ways at home when they host Carmelo Anthony and Denver Nuggets (47-25) on Friday. Toronto has suffered some big defeats in the current five-game slide against Denver and the season's first matchup was no different, with the Nuggets winning 130-116 at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets have dropped two straight ( at NY, at BOS) to start a five-game road trip.

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The Numbers
4-2 Toronto's record in their Huskies throwback uniforms
10-1 The Jazz's record in their Hardwood Classics green unis
1 Number of times Toronto has lost consecutive home games by 26 points
52-38 Rebounding totals favouring Utah
7 Number of Jazz players that finished with at least 10 points
They Said It...
Chris Bosh "I can’t instill that in guys. You have to have it on your own. As much as I would like to do everything, you can’t do everything. Personally, you have to bring something to the plate. Whatever gets guys going, we need to find it.”
- Chris Bosh on getting that 'fire'.
Jarrett Jack "It’s a combination of him and the system. I think they play in one of the best offenses in the league. It’s a continuity based offense which doesn’t allow you to focus on just him."
- Jarrett Jack on the effectiveness of Deron Williams..
Jerry Sloan "Hopefully they have their heads screwed on because that is how important each game is. We are in a tough race to try and continue where we are and every time you play you try and move up."
- Jerry Sloan on setting the tone for the Utah road trip.