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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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.