Williams a winner

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

For all the talk about forward Eric Williams being a disappointment since arriving in Toronto in December from New Jersey as part of the Vince Carter trade, it should be noted that the Raptors have a winning record with Williams as a starter (9-7). Williams missed Friday's game in Memphis with a strained left calf and was replaced by rookie Pape Sow.

The Raptors have remained relatively healthy this season, although a number of players, including leading-scorer Jalen Rose, have come down with nasty colds on the current four-game trip in the southern U.S.

RAPTORS QUICK HITS

The Raptors rank second in the NBA in lowest turnover average (13.4) and eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.56) ... Slow starts have been the bane of the Raptors, having won just three opening quarters in the past 18 contests ... The Raptors are averaging 99.3 points per game this season after averaging a league-low 85.4 during the 2003-04 campaign. The 13.9 point scoring increase in the second largest in the NBA this season. Phoenix, led by Canadian point guard Steve Nash, is up 16.4 points per game from last season. The Raptors may be a high-scoring team, but their top point-getter on a nightly basis, Rose, is 35th in the NBA, averaging 17 ppg. Chris Bosh pulls in the most boards of any Raptor, yet he ranks only 24th in the league. Reversely, the Raptors have three guys in the NBA top-20 in three-point field goal percentage, Lamond Murray (44%), Donyell Marshall (41%) and Morris Peterson (40%) ... Toronto holds the current NBA streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer at 508 and counting. The last time the Raptors did not record a triple was Feb. 24, 1999 at Indiana (0-6) ... How this is, it's tough to say, but Toronto opponents are shooting a league-low 73% from the free throw stripe.


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