DeMar DeRozan scores 23, Raptors defeat Jazz

The Toronto Raptors picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 21 assists and turning it over only six times, to beat the Utah Jazz, 94-79. Toronto (26-22) gets one in the win column after losing to Portland on Saturday.

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points on 7-15 shooting from the field (2-3 from behind the arc) and 7-7 from the free throw line. Other key players for Toronto included Jonas Valanciunas with 18 points and 9 rebounds, and Amir Johnson with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Despite the loss, Marvin Williams put up 23 points for Utah on 9-16 shooting, including 1-3 from behind the arc. He also registered 8 rebounds.

The Raptors posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.50. This year, they are 1-0 when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Jazz are 1-8 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.

Utah (16-32) has now dropped their last three straight.

Coming up, the Raptors take on the Sacramento Kings, who are 15-32 on the season. The Jazz match up with the Dallas Mavericks, currently sitting at 28-21 this year. The Jazz are 0-1 versus Dallas this season.