TORONTO (AP)—Rafer Alston was fully aware of how poorly he had been shooting. When he started making shots, he couldn’t miss.
Alston had missed his last 23 shots over three games before his layup sparked a 15-2 run in the third quarter. He made his next six shots as Toronto outscored Golden State 36-17 in the third quarter.
“Someone brought it to my attention. ‘You know you’re 0-for-23,”’ said Alston, who clasped his hands together and looked up to the rafters when he finally ended the misfiring streak. “To go 0-for-23 is incredible. It’s just great to get the monkey off my back.”
Morris Peterson had 21 points and Alston added 15 for the Raptors, who led by as many as 30 points.
The second-year forward grabbed 16 rebounds in a game twice.
“I know what it takes to play at this level for three or four games,” Bosh said. “The minute I don’t play well I have to see what I did wrong because sometimes you have to take a step backwards to take a step forward.”
“Our leading scorer is out, and our second-leading scorer didn’t have a real good game,” Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said. “So we didn’t have many places to go.”
Golden State’s Troy Murphy went 2-for-14 from the field and had eight points and 13 rebounds.
Rose’s 3-pointer with 3:12 remaining made it 106-77.
Toronto rookie Rafael Araujo had a career-high 14 points. … Bonner had 15 points, two shy of a career high. … Toronto is 3-1 on its five-game homestand which ends Wednesday against Boston.