Toronto Raptors Team Report – January 31
=== Toronto Raptors Team Report – January 31 ===
(Sports Network) – The Raptors suffered a 123-105 defeat at the hands of the
Phoenix Suns on Sunday at Air Canada Centre.
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, who played without guard Rafer Alston. Rose, who has
been mentioned in many trade rumors, is leading Toronto with 15.8 points per
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. Missing Alston hurts, as he has
tallied 14 points and 7.1 assists per contest this season.
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.
The Raptors outscored Phoenix 33-19 in the final quarter to make the final
score seem like the game was closer than it was.
Toronto fell to 0-22 when allowing opponents to score 100 points. The Raptors
finished 7-of-14 from three-point range to extend their streak to 495 straight
games with at least one three.
Toronto finished with a 7-3 record at home in January. For the year, the
Raptors are 15-7 in their friendly confines.
The Raptors have slipped into last place in the Atlantic Division, 3 1/2 games
behind first place Boston. Toronto has a couple of days off now before heading
to Indiana to take on the Pacers Wednesday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.