After an awful start put the Raptors in a big early hole, they turned the tables with solid defence in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 86-84 in the frame's dying seconds. But Deron Williams hit two free throws with 2.8 to go and a turnover on the ensuing inbounds play by DeMar DeRozan allowed CJ Miles to hit a buzzer beater (one of his five threes on the night) that restored a 91-84 Utah lead.
That play proved to be a huge momentum swinger as the Jazz opened the fourth on an 18-7 run that put the game out of reach for good.
Williams was simply surgical once again against the Raptors in a performance that just fell shy of a triple double with 22 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds. By the end of Utah's huge first quarter alone, he had tallied 14 points, five assists and four boards.
The scary part? Williams, who has yet to lose a game to the Raptors, has 38 points and 30 assists in his last two games and still isn't pleased with his game. "I haven’t shot the ball well yet so I am just waiting for that to come around," he said.
Andrea Bargnani's fourth game of the season might have been his best with 26 points (8-19 FGM-A), nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a losing cause.
Bargnani was especially good in the third quarter -- where he caught fire and scored 15 of Toronto's 37 points from all over the floor. Make it six straight games with at least 20 points for Il Mago dating back to last season.
"We’ve got to be better off the start there. We turned the ball over and they made us pay. We had 16 turnovers for 26 points. This team is going to make you pay when you turn the ball over. We turned it over in the first quarter and they ran out. We missed some shots and they ran out on that. It was transition mostly in the first quarter."
- Jay Triano, on the difference between the two halves.
Fri., Nov. 5 vs. Jazz
10 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590
The Raptors four-game road trip gets incrementally tougher as they visit Staples Center on Friday for a date with the defending NBA Champions. The Lakers have once again opened strong, rattling off five straight wins to remain one of the league's three remaining unbeaten teams (as of this writing). The Raps' last road win over the Lakers came on December 28, 2001.
|6||Consecutive losses for the Raptors in Salt Lake City|
|41||1st-quarter points from the Jazz, a season-high from a Raptors opponent|
|23||1st-half defecit for the Raptors, their largest this season|
|16||Assists for Raptors, a season low|
|26||Jazz points scored off 16 Raptors turnovers|
|" We’ve got to stop transition points. They got a lot of fast break points on us tonight and that’s what really killed us. They executed off our turnovers and got going."|
- DeMar DeRozan, on what cost the Raptors most
|"I thought it was one of the better defensive first halves I have seen us play. It felt good to see us do that.''|
- Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan on his team's start .
|"They press the ball unbelievable, they run plays and make good cuts and we played bad defense in the first quarter. We were too soft and allowed them to do what they wanted to do."|
- Andrea Bargnani, on defensive breakdowns