Raps find five-hole

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

The Raptors honoured a group of Second World War and Korean War veterans before last night's game.

They might have considered suiting them up.

It was the Utah Jazz who swung into the Air Canada Centre this time, downing the sad-sack Raptors 99-84 without the services of their leading scorer from last season, Carlos Boozer.

The loss dropped the Raptors to 0-5 on the season, the worst start in franchise history and none of the 15,617 in attendance were enthralled with Toronto's effort, booing the home side as they retreated into the locker room after the game.

SLINGS AND ARROWS

Veteran swingman Jalen Rose said the Raptors deserve the slings and arrows.

"When you lose, it should hurt," he said. "You should take it personally and it should inspire you to work harder and pull closer together as a team."

The well-schooled Jazz outrebounded Toronto 39-30 and shot 51%, although head coach Sam Mitchell insisted that his club defended with purpose.

"We just have to keep plugging away, keep working," Mitchell said.

"We just have to fight our way out, because no one is going to give it to you."

Power forward Mehmet Okur killed the Raptors, recording 29 points and 12 rebounds, while guard Deron Williams, who was selected third overall in this year's NBA draft, had 15 and six assists off the bench.

Chris Bosh played hard for the Raptors, recording 19 points and 10 rebounds, his third double-double of the young season, while going to the line 13 times. Matt Bonner, who shot 2-for-12 heading into the game, went 6-for-10 with 15 points.

Jose Calderon again made a case for himself to be the team's starting point guard. Off the bench, the first-year NBAer contributed 12 points and four assists.

Morris Peterson, who has been one of the few bright lights for the Raptors this season with his energy off the bench, had a subpar night, throwing up donuts from the floor (0-for-5).

The Raptors, again, received little in the way of a contribution from their starting centre. Mitchell started journeyman Aaron Williams in place of Rafael Araujo and Loren Woods, neither of whom has done the job and neither saw any minutes last night.

Williams wasn't the answer either, picking up his fourth foul with 7:43 left in the third quarter. He picked up two points and three boards.

The Raps held a rare lead after the first quarter, 21-18, but their shooting went absolutely frigid in the second quarter, going 5-for-16 from the floor, as Utah went on a 15-0 run early in the quarter and took a 45-35 lead at the half.

Forward Eric Williams and guard Alvin Williams were both scratches because of sore knees.


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