Sunday , Jan , 30 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors suspend guard Alston

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors have suspended guard
Rafer Alston for two games for conduct detrimental to the team.

Alston was suspended by head coach Sam Mitchell after an incident at practice
on Saturday. The coach indicated that trouble was brewing since an incident
with Alston earlier in the season at Boston.

“It’s tough when you have to do that,” said Mitchell. “(But) you have to do it
because there are rules. It’s more important for me to be respected than
liked.”

Alston missed Sunday’s loss to Phoenix and will also sit out Wednesday’s road
contest against the Indiana Pacers.

In 44 games this season, the former playground legend is averaging 14.0
points, 7.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per contest.

Amare Stoudemire scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter, as Phoenix
routed Toronto, 123-105 at the Air Canada Centre Sunday.

Chris Bosh tied his season-high with 27 points and Morris Peterson finished
with 24 for Toronto, which has lost four of its last five games. Jalen Rose
had 21 for the Raptors.

Phoenix led by 12 at halftime before outscoring the Raptors, 46-26 in the
third quarter. The 46 points are the most points the Raptors have allowed in
any quarter in their 10-year history.

Toronto fell to 0-22 when allowing opponents to score 100 points. The
Raptors did finished 7-of-14 from three-point range to extend their streak
to 495 straight games with at least one three.

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