Warriors 124, Raptors 112

The Toronto Raptors are quickly fading in the Eastern Conference

and Chris Bosh is getting frustrated.

In a brief three-minute conversation with reporters following a

124-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, Bosh

criticized his teammates and himself and said he’s out of

explanations for Toronto’s slide that has the Raptors on the fringe

of missing the postseason.

“It’s like if you look at the schedule right now and see

Toronto, I’m sure people are checking something in the win box,”

said Bosh, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. “I can

understand if we lose the game going down fighting but we’re not

fighting at all.

“Time is ticking and it’s counting down, and if we keep playing

the way we are right now, we’re going to be on the outside looking

in. Guys need to step it up, period.”

The Raptors have lost four straight and eight of nine while

seeing their lead over Chicago trimmed to 1 1/2 games for the

eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Three weeks ago, the Raptors closed an 11-2 stretch that put

them in contention for homecourt advantage in the first round of

the playoffs. Now they’re struggling just to get into the

postseason.

Asked what Toronto needs to do to turn things around, Bosh – the

franchise leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots – was

succinct in his reply.

“Just do it. Act like you care,” he said. “I’m going down

playing offense on (the Warriors) side of the court and their bench

is louder than we are. That doesn’t make any sense. They’re not

playing for anything.

“We’re trying to make the playoffs, maybe get a fifth seed, but

that’s like slipping every day. This isn’t playoff

basketball.”

Toronto, Charlotte, Miami and Chicago are vying for the final

three playoff spots in the East. The Raptors currently sit in

eighth behind the Bobcats and Heat, and ahead of the Bulls.

Losing to a Golden State team that owned the third-worst record

in the NBA certainly didn’t help.

Stephen Curry had 35 points and 10 assists for the Warriors

while Monta Ellis scored 31 in his second game back following a

back injury.

“Before the game we said just go out there and have fun and try

and get a win,” said Ellis, who had his first 30-point game since

scoring 46 against Dallas on Feb. 3. “We made plays for other guys

and got everyone involved. We got ourselves together and became a

scrappy team.”

In short, the Warriors did everything the Raptors didn’t do.

Corey Maggette added 20 points and Anthony Morrow had 11 for

Golden State, which set a season high with 16 3-pointers while

snapping a six-game losing streak.

The Warriors got a big lift from Ellis, who was playing for only

the second time after sitting out six games with a back injury.

Golden State’s team captain scored 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting in

Thursday’s 110-105 loss to Portland, but went 12 of 22 against

Toronto.

Curry also came up big while falling one point shy of his career

high. The Warriors’ rookie matched Ellis for the team lead with

five 3-pointers, including a 32-footer with 1.5 seconds left to

play.

Jose Calderon had 24 points and 12 assists for Toronto, which

trailed by as much as 15 in the matchup of two of the NBA’s

highest-scoring teams.

Toronto scored 35 points in the first quarter but stumbled

through most of the second, going more than 6 minutes without a

basket while allowing Golden State to erase a 10-point deficit and

take a 45-42 lead.

Calderon helped the Raptors snap out of their offensive funk

briefly with three 3s over the final 4 minutes of the half and Jack

added his own 3 with 43.8 seconds left to help give Toronto a 60-56

halftime lead.

But the Warriors took control for good in the third quarter,

going on a 25-6 run keyed by an onslaught from the perimeter.

“We can get it turned around by having our guys play better,”

Raptors coach Jay Triano said. “Obviously our best guys have to

play better. We’re not getting that right now.”

Golden State, which was 7 of 12 on 3-pointers in the first half,

went 7 for 10 from beyond the arc in the third and built a 15-point

lead Toronto never challenged.

Warriors coach Don Nelson moved within six wins of passing Lenny

Wilkens to become the winningest coach in NBA history.

NOTES: Bosh needs 31 points to become the first player in

Raptors history to reach 10,000 in a career. … Toronto is winless

in four games since Bosh returned to the lineup after a seven-game

absence due to a sprained left ankle. … Golden State’s franchise

record for 3-pointers in a single game is 18, reached three times.

Most recently the Warriors did it against Memphis on Jan. 3, 2007,

though they had 46 attempts. … The Warriors have beaten the

Raptors six straight times at home.