Raptors Blanketed By Blazers In Third Straight Game Without Bosh
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February 24, 2010
TORONTO (CP) -- The Toronto Raptors didn't take care of the ball, lacked jump and were without star forward Chris Bosh for a third straight game on Wednesday night.
It turned out to be a lethal combination.
Andre Miller had 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, Brandon Roy scored 20 points, and Portland held Toronto under 100 points for the first time in 20 games as the Trail Blazers beat the Raptors 101-87.
``We were sloppy with the ball,'' said Raptors coach Jay Triano said. ``You can't blame it on (any one player). We didn't take care of the ball very well.''
The Raptors made 16 turnovers leading to 17 points in suffering their first loss since Bosh sprained his left ankle late in overtime against the Memphis Grizzlies on Feb. 17.
The Raptors (31-25) defeated New Jersey on the road and Washington at home with Bosh on the sidlines, but the Trail Blazers (34-26) put up more fight, with five players in double figures, including 17 off the bench from Rudy Fernandez.
Hedo Turkoglu led the Raptors with 24 points, while Jarrett Jack added 18, Andrea Bargnani had 15 and Amir Johnson came off the bench with 10.
``We just gave away too many easy baskets,'' Turkoglu said. ``I don't know how much they had on fast breaks. I think they are last in the NBA in fast break points but tonight they had too many easy points.''
The Trail Blazers, who defeated the Nets on Tuesday, made only eight turnovers leading to seven points.
``I love the fact that as a team in the past two games we have made only 11 turnovers,'' said Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan. ``That is always a key for us. We want to play fast and play aggressive but you have got to take care of the ball.''
The Raptors had not played since Saturday but were without jump.
``I thought we were playing schemes more than we were with our energy,'' Triano said. ``We didn't make the second-effort plays, the late close outs, or the securing of rebounds.
``They were more physical, shot the ball better, took care of the ball better than we did and they were better defensively. It is tough to win games when you have that.''
Jack said it was the turnovers in the first half that cost the Raptors.
``We didn't do a good job of taking care of the ball early,'' Jack said. ``It helped them establish the lead they had a halftime. It's tough to recover when you give the other team an extra possession.''
The Trail Blazers led 32-24 after one quarter and 53-47 at the half.
Johnson's hook shot cut the Portland lead to 64-63 with 4:47 left in the third, but the Trail Blazers fought back and led 78-68 entering the fourth, despite Jack's nine points.
The Raptors didn't threaten in the final quarter as Toronto failed to score 100 points for the first time since a 91-86 win over San Antonio Jan 3.
``We didn't want them to get off to a good start,'' McMillan said. ``They are a team that are really tough to play against if you allow them to get off to a good start. The fact that Bosh wasn't here, we certainly wanted to take advantage of that.''
Notes: There is still no return date given for Bosh. The Raptors next game is Friday at ACC against the Cleveland Cavaliers. ... There were plenty of empty seats amongst the announced crowd of 16,161 at Air Canada Centre as the men's Canada's men's Olympic hockey team took on Russia in the quarter-finals.