Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/10

Game 1: Wednesday, November 10th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 22nd

Raptors 104

(4-1, 1-1 away)

Jazz 95

(4-1, 2-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, November 10, 2004

EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

1 2 3 4 T
TOR 28 26 22 28104
UTAH 29 23 27 1695

Top Performers

Tor: C. Bosh 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

UTAH: C. Boozer 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

Utah fails to score 100 for the first time

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- After struggling from the floor for the first 46 minutes, Toronto's Rafer Alston was perfect when the Raptors needed him most.

Alston's 3-pointer gave Toronto a seven-point lead with 2 minutes remaining Wednesday night and the Raptors held on for a 104-95 victory over the Jazz, Utah's first loss of the season.

"That hurt 'em. That was a real big shot right there," said Chris Bosh, who led the Raptors with 20 points.

Bosh scored eight in the final quarter as Toronto rallied from a six-point deficit. The Raptors were blown out the night before 108-92 at Sacramento, but made sure they got their first road win of the season with a strong start and an even stronger finish.

The Raptors were playing so well in the final period, Vince Carter only played three minutes. Toronto was just fine without him.

"It wasn't my idea, but those guys were playing well. They were moving the ball. They were getting good shots," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "I just felt like they earned the right to be on the court."

After the Jazz blew the six-point lead, Carlos Boozer got the home crowd back into it on a dunk that cut Toronto's lead to 95-91. But the Raptors didn't get rattled and, at the other end, Alston calmly hit a 25-footer from the top of the key to put the lead back at seven.

Toronto hadn't won at Utah since November 2001.

"I had a tough time getting into the game. I had some bad shots, which is unlike me," said Alston, who was 3-for-11 from the floor and 2-of-6 from 3-point range.

Vince Carter had 16 points and Alston added seven rebounds for Toronto, which outscored Utah 56-38 inside and took advantage of the Jazz's worst shooting night of the season.

Utah (4-1) failed to score 100 points and shoot better than 50 percent for the first time this season. The Jazz were 33-of-80 (41 percent) from the field and made 27 of 35 free throws.

"They played awfully well. They played hard. They played intelligent. They got the baskets right where they wanted them," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "Any time a team can march inside and be able to score ... well, it's pretty tough to win."

Raja Bell led Utah with 20 points and Boozer added 19. Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur each had 10 rebounds for Utah.

Loren Woods had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who were called for 32 fouls to Utah's 21 and only had 15 free-throw attempts, but made 14. They went 7-for-7 from the line in the fourth quarter.

A night after falling behind 9-0 and losing badly, Toronto scored the first seven points Wednesday to improve to 4-1.

"We've seen what happens when we don't play as a team," Carter said. "I'm not saying that we didn't support each other in Sacramento, but we didn't play as a team."

The Raptors forced the Jazz to rush shots as they tried to rally after Toronto's big run in the fourth. Bosh scored four points and Lamond Murray had five as Toronto turned an 84-78 deficit into an 89-84 lead.

"We need to realize how important defense is, not just try to outscore the other team," Sloan said.

Utah point guard Keith McLeod finished with 16 points, but had just one assist.

Game notes

In observance of Veterans Day, veterans in the crowd were asked to stand and they received a lengthy ovation during a timeout in the second quarter. ... Former BYU center Rafael Araujo of the Raptors received a mix of cheers and boos when he entered late in the second quarter. ... Woods was called for a foul in a collision with McLeod, then got a technical for shoving him after the whistle in the first quarter. ... Toronto's Donyell Marshall, who played two seasons with the Jazz, left with a strained hamstring in the second quarter.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 104 95
FGM-FGA 42-87 (.483) 33-80 (.413)
3PM-3PA 6-18 (.333) 2-11 (.182)
FTM-FTA 14-15 (.933) 27-35 (.771)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-41 16-45
Assists 20 18
Turnovers 11 13
Steals 6 4
Blocks 8 5
Fast Break Points 7 2
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 32 (2/0) 21 (0/0)
Largest Lead 11 7

Top Performers

Chris Bosh Bosh
Points: 20
Reb: 7
Ast: 2
Stl: 2
Blk: 2
Carlos Boozer Boozer
Points: 19
Reb: 5
Ast: 3
Stl: 1
Blk: 0