Raps try to get back on winning track
(Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors were denied their third straight win on
Tuesday, but will try to get back on the winning track tonight when they
welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to the Air Canada Centre.
The Raptors split their two matchups with the Lakers last season, but have
lost nine of 11 and 12 of the last 15 meetings. They have also been an
accommodating host, as Los Angeles has won seven of nine north of the border.
Toronto enters tonight’s affair on a losing note after dropping a 119-111
overtime decision to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday at the MCI Center.
Chris Bosh had 27 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who had their two-
game winning streak broken and fell to 3-16 on the season.
Morris Peterson scored 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the loss.
Jumpers by Mike James and Bosh pulled the Raptors within 112-111 with 1:06 to
go, but Gilbert Arenas countered with a basket and Jarvis Hayes came up with a
steal and was awarded a clear path free throw. Hayes made the attempt for a
115-111 lead with 36.8 seconds left and the Wizards got the ball back. Antawn
Jamison, though, sealed the victory with a jumper from the left corner with 25
seconds remaining and Arenas added two foul shots.
Bosh has recorded 10 double-doubles this season and is averaging team bests of
21.7 points and 10.0 rebounds. He is also just one of six players in the NBA
to average at least 20.0 points and 10.0 boards.
Toronto holds the current NBA streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer
at 550 , spanning through seven seasons. The last time the Raptors did not
record a triple was February 24, 1999 at Indiana (0-6). The Miami Heat hold
the NBA record with 594 straight games with a three-pointer.
The Raptors, who play three of their next four at home, are 2-7 in their
building this season. Toronto will visit Charlotte on Saturday before hosting
Chicago, Golden State and Philadelphia.