Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/14

Game 1: Tuesday, November 14th
Game 2: Sunday, December 17th

Warriors 115

(12-13, 1-8 away)

Raptors 120

(10-14, 7-3 home)

    1:00 PM ET, December 17, 2006

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 28 29 26 32115
    TOR 34 29 32 25120

    Top Performers

    GS: M. Ellis 28 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast

    Tor: T. Ford 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 14 Ast, 2 Stl

    Six players in double figures leads to a Raptors win

    TORONTO (AP) -- A scary back injury to backup Raptors' guard Jose Calderon overshadowed Toronto's third straight victory without Chris Bosh.

    Morris Peterson had 23 points and T.J. Ford added 21 points and 14 assists to lead the Raptors to a 120-115 win Sunday over the Golden State Warriors.

    Calderon, Toronto's backup point guard, was removed from the court on a stretcher and placed in a neck brace after injuring his lower back on a rebound. He was hurt with 32 seconds left, while blocking out Golden State's Mickael Pietrus. The game was delayed for several minutes as Calderon was motionless on the floor. The Raptors said he was being taken to a hospital for testing.

    "He does have movement in all his limbs," Toronto spokesman Jim LaBumbard said.

    LaBumbard said the 25-year-old player was smiling and gave a thumbs-up.

    "He's in good spirits," he said.

    Tests revealed he sustained a bruise to his left lower back, the team said later in a statement. He is listed as day-to-day, and did not accompany the team on its flight to Phoenix after the game.

    Calderon helped lead to Spain to a gold medal at the world championships in September. He is 6.4 points and 3.1 assists.

    Spanish teammate Jorge Garbajosa went with Calderon to the hospital.

    "I think all the players are a little shook after what happened to Pape Sow this summer," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said, referring to a fractured vertebrae that the Toronto forward suffered last summer. "Jose means a lot to us. Right now, basketball is secondary to Jose. We just hope he's OK."

    Sow, who is sidelined for the season after neck surgery, was hurt driving to the basket preparing for the Las Vegas Summer League. His neck struck a player's leg as he went down.

    Sow prayed from the bench as Calderon was down.

    "I was praying that what happened to me, not happen to him because I know how hard it was," Sow said. "Thank God he's talking and moving. I couldn't do that when it first happened to me. I'm very glad he's moving."

    Calderon's injury also brought back bad memories for Ford, who suffered a spinal-cord injury in 2004 that sidelined him for a season and a half.

    "I remember the incident, but the feeling I had I block it out of my mind," Ford said.

    Andrea Bargnani had 18 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks for the Raptors, who had six players reach double figures while improving to 3-2 without Bosh, their leading scorer, who has an injured left knee.

    Monta Ellis scored 28 points and Baron Davis had 20 for the Warriors, who are on a six-game road trip.

    Golden State's Keith McLeod called Calderon's injury scary.

    "It was unfortunate that it had to happen. It was good that he was conscious and everything, but it is a very unfortunate situation and I wish him the best," McLeod said.

    Peterson had 14 points in the second half. He also had nine rebounds and three assists and finished 9-for-15 from the field.

    Peterson's layup and consecutive 3-pointers gave Toronto a 95-90 lead late in the third quarter. Golden State closed within four in the final minutes of the game, but Ford made several free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

    Bargnani, the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, had the first double-double of his career. The Italian forward has improved in recent weeks while being given more playing time.

    Game notes

    The Warriors play their next six games against Eastern Conference teams. ... Golden State coach Don Nelson wore a blazer over a Warriors golf shirt ... The Raptors are 7-3 at home and have won five of their last six at the Air Canada Centre.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 115 120
    FGM-FGA 42-83 (.506) 41-87 (.471)
    3PM-3PA 9-24 (.375) 10-20 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 22-25 (.880) 28-37 (.757)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-38 17-50
    Assists 23 28
    Turnovers 17 14
    Steals 3 7
    Blocks 2 8
    Fast Break Points 19 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 15

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Monta Ellis Ellis
    Points: 28
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    T.J. Ford Ford
    Points: 21
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 14
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0