12:30 PM ET, December 13, 2009
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
TORONTO -- This was one slow start the Houston Rockets couldn't overcome.
• The Raptors snapped a two-game losing streak as Chris Bosh led the way with 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting. It is the 15th time in 26 games that Bosh has scored at least 25 points.
• The Raptors improved to 8-0 this season when holding their opponent to 100 points or fewer. The Rockets have not reached the 100-point mark in their last four games.
• The Rockets have lost six of their last seven games in Toronto.
• Carl Landry led the Rockets with 25 points.
• Trevor Ariza was ejected for swinging his arm at rookie DeMar DeRozan in the third quarter. Ariza finished the game 0 for 9 with 1 point.
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"We had a poor first quarter and it cost us," Houston coach Rick Adelman said. "We could never get back from that."
Down 10 after the first quarter at Philadelphia on Friday, Houston came back to win 96-91 and hand the 76ers their 12th straight loss.
The Rockets started slowly again Sunday. Bosh had 10 points and five rebounds as Houston trailed 32-17 after one quarter.
"We can't afford to start this way," Scola said. "We're not that good. We can't expect to come out and be down 20 and pick it up whenever we want to and come back and win the game. It happens once in a while, but it won't happen against good defenses. We're going to lose 95 percent of the games that we start this way."
Adelman said his team "had nothing going" in the first.
"The last three quarters we outscored them," Adelman said, "but you get down on the road to a team with some talent like they have and it's going to be hard."
Toronto coach Jay Triano added some new offensive sets designed to get Turkoglu the ball in key situations and the strategy paid off as the Raptors won for the fourth time in six games.
"That's what Hedo can do," Bosh said. "He can create for other people and he can create for himself. If he's aggressive shooting the ball and taking it to the basket, that really helps us out. It gets everybody involved and it gets him going. When we're doing that, we're a hard team to beat."
It was Toronto's third victory this season over a team with a winning record, all at home. The Raptors topped Cleveland on Oct. 28 and Miami on Nov. 20.
The Rockets lost to a club under .500 for the second time in nine games. Houston was beaten by Sacramento on Nov. 13.
Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, the team's leading scorer, was ejected with 3:47 left in the third quarter for swinging his arm at rookie DeMar DeRozan following a steal. Referees stepped in after Jack confronted Ariza at midcourt, and the altercation didn't escalate.
"I'm going to have anybody's back in that situation, no matter who it is," Jack said. "If I feel like somebody's taking a cheap shot at our guy, I'm going to stand up for him, no question."
Ariza finished with one point in 26 minutes. He was 0 for 9 from the floor.
DeRozan, who knows Ariza from summer games in Los Angeles, said there were no hard feelings.
"I know it wasn't intentional or nothing," DeRozan said. "He was just frustrated, he wasn't hitting any shots, they were down by 20. Just in the heat of the game, it's frustration. It's definitely no problem, he's still my man."
With the Rockets in an early hole, Landry scored 11 points in the second but Turkoglu had eight as Toronto carried a 55-42 edge into halftime.
Houston made just 1-of-15 field goal attempts to begin the third, allowing Toronto to extend its lead to 71-49. The Rockets made six of their final 11 shots and closed the quarter on a 14-4 run but still trailed 75-63 heading into the fourth. They didn't get closer than nine points in the fourth.
Houston went 3 for 24 from 3-point range. The Raptors finished 5 for 12.
Raptors guard Jose Calderon (sore left hip) sat out for the third time in four games and is unlikely to travel with the team for games at Miami and Orlando on Tuesday and Wednesday. Jack started in Calderon's place for the fourth straight game.
"I'm just trying to keep the boat settled," Jack said. "Hopefully we can keep it going until Jose gets healthy, because we sorely need him."
Brooks has scored at least 20 points in four of six games. ... Toronto is 8-0 when holding opponents below 100 points. ... Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tie Domi attended the game.
TORONTO - DECEMBER 13: Andrea Bargnani #7 of the Toronto Raptors drops the floater in the lane between defenders...(Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FGM-FGA||32-87 (.368)||40-80 (.500)|
|3PM-3PA||3-24 (.125)||5-12 (.417)|
|FTM-FTA||21-25 (.840)||16-21 (.762)|
|Fast Break Points||20||20|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (1/0)||25 (1/0)|
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