Thursday , Feb , 19 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Toronto Raptors Team Report – February 19

=== Toronto Raptors Team Report – February 19 ===

(Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors lost their third straight game on
Wednesday, as they fell to the San Antonio Spurs, 86-82, on Wednesday at the
Air Canada Centre.

Vince Carter paced the Raptors with 22 points, but left the contest with 7:46
remaining in the fourth with an injury. It appeared that Carter landed
awkwardly on his left foot as he came down on a jumper. He did not return.

The Raptors also lost center Chris Bosh, who left the game after he re-injured
his left ankle in the second quarter.

Alvin Williams netted 19 points for Toronto, which has dropped three straight
overall and five of its last seven home games. Donyell Marshall had a solid
game with 18 points and 11 boards in the setback.

Toronto held a 58-52 advantage after three quarters and led 71-63 with 7 1/2
minutes to play.

However, the Spurs ran off the next 12 points. A three-pointer by Charlie Ward
put San Antonio ahead 72-71 and a three-point play by Malik Rose capped the
spurt to make it a four-point game with 3 1/2 minutes left.

Williams scored four in a 7-2 Toronto run that gave the Raptors a 78-77 edge
with just 1:20 remaining.

The Spurs then took advantage of the injury depleted Raptors. A trey by Hedo
Turkoglu was followed by a Tim Duncan inside basket to give the Spurs the lead
for good at 82-78 with less than 30 seconds left.

Marshall has scored in double digits in 19 straight games. He is averaging
17.3 points and 15.8 rebounds in his last four contests. On Tuesday, Marshall
pulled down a career-high 24 rebounds in a loss to the Chicago Bulls.

The Raptors are off until Friday when they host Jason Kidd and the sizzling
New Jersey Nets.