Raptors can't catch a break at clutch time

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

There was more unhappiness in Raptorland yesterday. The Raptors again demonstrated a unique knack for self-destructing. For the third time on their West Coast trip, the Raps were in position to win, leading for most of the game, but came up with the short end of the stick, as the Golden State Warriors came back to record a 111-105 victory over Toronto at The Arena here in Oakland. The Raptors (10-21) have lost 10 in a row on the road.

The game went right to the wire. Point guard Derek Fisher scored two to put Golden State up 103-101 with 59 seconds on the clock.

Rafer Alston scored on a layup to tie it, but Mike Dunleavy put Golden State up 105-103 and then Adonal Foyle blocked a Morris Peterson shot.

Jason Richardson put the game away when he was successful on two free throws. Jalen Rose scored to bring the Raptors to within two with nine seconds left, but Fisher was fouled and he sunk two to sink the Raptors.

Rose, coming off the bench for the third game, had a hot hand, scoring 23 points. He celebrated his baskets with loud howls after each one in answer to some fans who had been riding him all game. Rose kept a running discussion going with the fans. One screamed, "Hey Jalen, where are you going to play next year?" Rose replied: "I might play here!"

MARSHALL OFF THE BENCH

Donyell Marshall, also off the bench, picked up a double-double, with 13 points and 12 boards. Bosh had six boards and 12 points and a career-high five assists, while Alston picked up nine assists, six rebounds and 16 points, although his shot selection at times was questionable.

The Raptors led 56-55 at the half on the strength of the bench, which outscored Golden State's second unit 28-2.

Rookie Rafael Araujo -- who started his second consecutive game -- again played a strong game, picking up eight rebounds and 13 points. He was tough in the paint and even dived for loose balls.

At one point in the first quarter, Richardson intercepted a pass from Araujo, went up for a dunk and was ... well, some NFL linemen don't block as hard. Araujo was given a foul, and Richardson was slapped with a technical for getting in Araujo's face.

Richardson finished with 35 points, while power forward Mike Dunleavy had 29.

The game stayed close through the third quarter with Bosh tying the score 69-69 with 5:29 left on a nice reverse layup. He was fouled and then put the Raps ahead on the free throw.

One play later, Araujo fed Bosh a great pass in the pant and Bosh put down a slam for a 72-69 lead.

Bad news continued for Toronto as starting small forward Eric Williams left the game in the second half after spraining his left ankle.


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