Saturday , Mar , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Toronto Raptors Team Report – March 27

=== Toronto Raptors Team Report – March 27 ===

(Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors’ playoff hopes took another hit on
Friday, as they found themselves on the wrong end of a 108-101 decision
against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Vince Carter poured in a game-high 40 points for the Raptors, who have lost
three straight and six of their last nine. Jalen Rose contributed 21 points in
the loss.

With the loss Toronto slipped two games back of the Boston Celtics for the
eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Carter has been sensational of late and has scored 24 or more points in seven
straight games, averaging 32 points in that span.

The Raptors, who will host the Memphis Grizzlies in the opener of a brief two-
game homestand on Sunday, has dropped five of six and nine of their last 11 on
the road and slipped to 13-24 away from home this season.

Toronto has lost nine of its last 12 at home and is 17-18 north of the border
this season.

The Raps fell to the Grizzlies earlier in the season and has dropped three of
the last four meetings. Toronto, though, has won five of the last eight
matchups and is 5-2 in the last seven at home in this series.