Raptors handle Suns 129-78

Forward Linas Kleiza led all scorers with 20 points and the

Toronto Raptors handled the Phoenix Suns 129-78 in an exhibition

game on Wednesday night.

Kleiza added five rebounds and two steals. DeMar DeRozan scored

16 points, while Joey Dorsey added 13 points and a team-high 10


It was the first game of the exhibition for the Raptors, who

wrapped up their six-day training camp in Vancouver before heading

home to Toronto. Phoenix remained winless in the preseason.

Phoenix guard Steve Nash, a two-time league MVP from Victoria,

British Columbia, was limited to nine points in just over two


The Suns’ Jared Dudley scored 10 points while former Raptor Hedo

Turkoglu, who was traded in the offseason, scored six points and

led Phoenix with eight rebounds.

The Raptors played their first exhibition game in Vancouver,

although they faced the Vancouver Grizzlies five times in the same

arena between 1995-2000 before the West Coast club was relocated to

Memphis, Tenn.

Nash drew the biggest cheers from the fans. But most of the

crowd at Rogers Arena supported the Raptors. Fans booed Turkoglu

every time he touched the ball – and jeered him every time he

committed a foul or mistake.

Both clubs missed several shots and layup attempts in the early

going as the lead changed hands eight times. The Suns jumped out to

a 15-10 advantage as Nash made a free throw, courtesy of a Toronto

technical for a 3-second violation, and then made a jump shot.

But those were the only three points he scored in the initial

period, and the Raptors went on a 14-3 run to lead 24-13 after the

first quarter. Holding Nash to just two points in the second

quarter, the Raptors extended their lead to 55-39 at halftime.

Notes: Several Vancouver Canucks players, including Mason

Raymond, Mikael Samuelsson, Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows watched

the game from courtside. Darcy Hordichuk, appearing jovial after

being traded to the Florida Panthers earlier in the day, was in the

crowd and came by at halftime to say a quick goodbye to his former