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PHOENIX -- Since being trade by Phoenix to Toronto two weeks ago, Sebastian Telfair has been seething at the Suns and sitting on the Raptors bench.

He was given a chance to work out his frustrations Wednesday -- which was good for him and better for the Raptors.

After playing only one of his first six games and a total of seven minutes in Toronto, Telfair had 10 of his 13 points and four of his seven assists in 14 first-half minutes -- much of it against the player who took his job, Phoenix rookie Kendall Marshall. His effort helped the Raptors snap a five-game losing streak and halt a modest three-game Suns winning streak with a 98-71 win Wednesday night.

DeMar DeRozan led six Raptors in double figures with 15 points while Amir Johnson had 14.

The Suns committed a season-high 29 turnovers, shot 38 percent from the field and didn't have a double-figure scorer until Marcus Morris hit a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left in the game.

It was the second time in a month, Phoenix flirted with the 32-year-old franchise record for fewest points in a game (68). The same Morris 3-pointer allowed Phoenix to side-step that embarrassment.

Earlier Wednesday, Telfair told reporters he was still bitter and disappointed at the Suns for drafting guard Marshall in the first round last summer and ultimately trading him.

"I think I proved myself at the end of the season last year where I could be a guy that could be trusted to be out there on the floor and then they go draft Kendall," Telfair told KTAR.com at the morning shoot. "I guess I was the last one to know. I should've been packing my bags already last year instead of coming back and doing what we did.

"I'm a little bitter. I don't have nothing personal against (my former teammates), love them guys but I'm bitter."

The Suns not only lost the game but lost center Marcin Gortat. Gortat got off to a good start with eight points and four rebounds in the first 11 minutes, but came down awkwardly on his right foot after chasing a rebound. He rolled on the ground in pain before limping off with the help of trainers.

Initial X-rays were negative, but Gortat will undergo an MRI on Thursday.

With Gortat out and Jermaine O'Neal on leave to be with his ailing daughter, the Suns turned to 7-foot-2 Iranian Hamed Haddadi, acquired from the Raptors at the Feb. 21 trade deadline for Telfair.

Haddadi was scoreless in his nine-minute Suns debut. Telfair fared much better.

Toronto led 28-24 after one quarter and stretched that lead in the second. Telfair fed Alan Anderson for a 3-pointer and then added a basket to push the Toronto lead to nine. Then another 7-0 Raptor run, capped by Rudy Gay's block on Wesley Johnson and alley-oop pass to Johnson for the dunk, pushed the lead to 48-34 with 3:55 left.

Telfair capped the half with his second 3-pointer of the quarter with 44 seconds left and the Raptors took a 54-40 lead to the half.

The Raptors wrapped up the game by scoring the first seven points of the third quarter, with a Jonas Valanciunas jumper giving Toronto a runaway lead at 65-44.

NOTES: Since the trade for Marcus Morris -- and the added playing time for Markieff Morris and Johnson -- the Suns bench scoring has increased by 10.2 points per game (34.6 before, 44.8 after). ... Gay came into the game averaging 20.7 points against the Suns in 24 career games. That's the second-highest total against any league foe, topped only by the 21.2 points he puts up against Golden State. ... O'Neal, who had averaged 12.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in his last eight games, will be out for an undetermined time while his daughter undergoes surgery to repair a leaky heart valve. ... Toronto coach Dwayne Casey, on Andrea Bargnani following his 26-points and seven rebounds in Golden State -- his first 20-point game since Dec. 7: "We're looking for consistent play, consistent effort, consistent focus and consistent defense. And for him, consistent rebounding is also important."

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