Sunday , Dec , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors down Warriors for third straight win

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Morris Peterson came off the bench and
poured in 23 points and gathered nine rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to
a 120-115 victory over the Golden State Warriors at Air Canada Centre.

T.J. Ford added 21 points and dished out 14 assists for the Raptors, who have
won a season-high three straight. Rookie Andrea Bargnani netted 18 points and
grabbed 10 boards for his first-career double-double.

Monta Ellis dropped in 28 points for the Warriors, who have dropped two
straight after winning two in a row. Baron Davis had 20 points and 11 assists
in the loss.

The Raptors, who were sparked by Bargnani’s 13 points off the bench, took a
63-57 lead into halftime. Ford had a superb first half for Toronto,
registering a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists.

Davis and Ellis paced the Warriors with 12 points each in the first two
quarters of action.

Toronto continued to lead in the second half and outscored Golden State 32-26
in the third quarter to take a 95-83 lead into the final frame. Peterson
netted the Raptors last 10 points in the quarter and drilled two three-

The Warriors attempted to battle back in the fourth quarter and a three-
pointer by Anthony Roberson followed by two free throws from Keith McLeod
pulled Golden State to within 104-99 with about 6 1/2 minutes remaining.

The Warriors could not pull any closer than five points the rest of the way.

Game Notes

The Raptors defeated the Warriors for the first time in the last four
meetings…Toronto’s Jose Calderon left the game late in the fourth quarter
with a back injury and did not return after being carted off the court.