Peterson leads Raptors over Kings
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Morris Peterson poured in a game-high 22 points
off the bench for Toronto, which put forth a strong fourth quarter to best
Sacramento, 101-85, at the Air Canada Centre.
Chris Bosh scored 20 points, pulled down nine rebounds and handed out four
assists for the Raptors, who have won six of their last eight games. Jorge
Garbajosa added 16 points and Jose Calderon donated 11 points with nine
helpers in the win.
Toronto shot 48 percent from the floor.
Mike Bibby led the Kings with 21 points on 7-of-17 shooting while Kevin Martin
and Ron Artest each netted 18 points in the loss. Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 14
points for Sacramento, which has dropped seven in a row.
Toronto scored eight of the first 10 points in the fourth en route to a
dominating 33-point performance to put the game away. Garbajosa’s trey with
2:49 to play gave the Raptors their biggest cushion at 99-83 and the Kings
could do nothing from that point on.
The Kings finished the game shooting 43 percent.
A pair of free throws by Bosh put Toronto up 23-18 late in the first quarter,
but a 7-0 spurt — led by five points from Artest — gave Sacramento a two-
The Raptors regained a 27-26 lead in the second on Calderon’s driving layup at
the 9:58 mark, and controlled the rest of the frame as Garbajosa converted
twice from the charity stripe for a 48-43 halftime advantage.
The Kings opened the third with an 11-2 run, ended with Abdur-Rahim’s jumper
for a 54-50 edge. Then, with 1:17 remaining, Peterson drilled a three to put
Toronto back on top, 66-63, until Corliss Williamson’s layup gave Sacramento a
69-68 lead entering the final frame.
Peterson finished 8-of-11 from the field and also pulled down five
rebounds…Martin and Abdur-Rahim each finished with six boards…The Raptors
converted 40 percent of their shots from three-point range while the Kings
were 28 percent from beyond the arc…Sacramento has lost six of its last nine
trips to the Air Canada Centre.