The Toronto Raptors are the first NBA team since 1974 in play an undefeated and winless opponent on consecutive nights. Somehow the Raptors ended up in this situation wearing their military camo jersey and will take their 1-5 record in this jersey against the 0-6 Jazz. It didn’t matter what the Raptors were wearing tonight, however, as this game turned into a blowout before that half and the Raptors won 115-91.
Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, and Jonas Valanciunas started again for Toronto.
Jamaal Tinsley, Gordon Hayward, Richard Jefferson, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter started for the Jazz.
First Quarter 30-16 Raptors
Valancuinas starts out hot scoring in the post on the first possession, hitting an early mid-range jumper, getting the block on Favors and scoring in the post again. The Raptors are up 14-6 early and temporarily let the Jazz back in this game at 14-12, but that was as close as this game was going to get.
Second Quarter 62-36 Raptors
Raptors reserves are playing a squad that is younger and less experienced than they are and start scoring like a group that’s been over matched for the past 2 weeks and have found a team to take their frustrations out on.
Gay, Lowry, Hansbrough and Ross have 9 points each. Valanciunas and DeRozan have 8 points each.
Kanter leads all scorers with 10 points. Favors has 8 points.
Third Quarter 91-60
Garbage time comes early in Toronto – really before the half. The Jazz were just too beat up and too tired to compete in their fourth road game in 5 nights.
Fourth Quarter 115-91
Pizza Pizza will have to honor the Raptors food promotion for the first time this season. Acy hits the three, 100-62 Raptors with 10:07 left to play in the fourth quarter.
The Raptors were led by Tyler Hansbrough off the bench with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Hansbrough got to the free throw line 13 times. DeRozan had 18 points in 24 minutes. Valanciunas had 14 points and Gay had 11. Johnson led the Raptors with 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. Lowry left the game early after tweaking an ankle, but Coach Casey didn’t make the injury sound too serious in his post game press conference.
The Raptors shot 48.2 percent from the field and out rebounded the Jazz 40-37.
The Jazz were led by Hayward with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Favors had 17 points and 7 rebounds and Alec Burks came off the bench to score 17 points.
The Jazz shot 44.2 percent from the field which is a marked improvement over what happened in Chicago the night before even if the final score turned out to be just as embarrassing.
Jazz return home to play Denver Monday, New Orleans Wednesday and San Antonio on Friday.
Raptors are on the road versus Houston on Monday and Memphis on Wednesday. They return home to play Chicago Friday and Portland on Sunday.