Raptors 109, Warriors 87

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TORONTO (AP)—Rafer Alston was fully aware of how poorly he had been shooting. When he started making shots, he couldn’t miss.

Alston ended his shooting slump with 14 second-half points, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 109-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

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.

Chris Bosh had 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, his fourth straight double-double for the Raptors, who are 5-6 since trading Vince Carter to New Jersey on Dec. 17.

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.”

Clifford Robinson had 18 points for the Warriors, who have lost five straight without leading scorer Jason Richardson (sprained left ankle).

“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.

Alston’s 3-pointer gave Toronto a 78-59 lead with 25 seconds left in the third, and consecutive 3-pointers by Matt Bonner and Jalen Rose made it 96-73 with 6:38 left.

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.

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C. Robinson C. Robinson
7-12,  18 Pts
7 Rebs, 1 Assists
C. Bosh C. Bosh
8-9,  21 Pts
17 Rebs, 4 Assists

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