Raptors out of it

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

OAKLAND -- This town, the poor cousin to San Francisco, may not be the most elegant burg in the world, but compared to last night's visiting basketball team, it's beautiful.

The sad-sack Raptors looked very much like a team playing its fourth game in five nights on the West Coast -- tired, uninspired, sloppy -- and were dominated in pretty well every aspect of the game by the Golden State Warriors.

When the one-sided debacle was over, the Warriors cruised to a 117-91 victory, dropping Toronto to 1-13 on the season, and ending their trip at 0-4. Unlike the first three games in Phoenix, Los Angeles against the Clippers and Sacramento, the Raptors were never in this one, although they did outscore the hosts in the fourth. But by then, the game already had been decided.

RAPS OUT-REBOUNDED

Golden State out-rebounded Toronto 45-35, collected 37 assists to the Raptors' 15 and shot 57%.

Chris Bosh carried the Raptors last night, scoring 21 points, 19 in the first half, with four rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes. He also had five fouls, no doubt trying to inspire his team with some hard play.

Head coach Sam Mitchell was so disappointed with the effort that he called for an unscheduled practice for this afternoon, as soon as the Raptors fly in from San Francisco.

"We have to find a way to get better," Mitchell said. "And the only I know to do that is practice."

The fans at the Oakland Arena, out of respect and perhaps some pity, cheered Bosh enthusiastically.

As he ran back on defence, one fan yelled: "Don't worry Chris. We love ya!"

The Warriors' star point guard Baron Davis had an impressive outing, picking up 14 assists, including some dramatic passes for dunks or easy baskets, as well as seven points and six rebounds. Jason Richardson had 25 points and six boards.

Other than Bosh and Morris Peterson, Toronto's starting unit was dreadful. The well-documented struggles of Jalen Rose continued. Rose started and scored five points in 14 minutes before being pulled out of the game by head coach Sam Mitchell.

Peterson had 21, 16 in the second half, and eight rebounds. Rookie Joey Graham scored 12 with six boards. Matt Bonner had 11 off the bench, with six boards. He also picked up a flagrant foul with 32 seconds left when he sent a charging Zarko Cabarkapa to the floor.

Toronto trailed by 15 at the half and things went from bad to worse. There was virtually no defensive coverage. Golden State, now 9-6, scored 60 points in the paint. Two of those points pretty well sealed the deal for the Warriors early in the third quarter when Davis threw up a alley-oop pass for Richardson, who then brought the crowd to its feet with a reverse slam.

The Raptors appeared fatigued, but they couldn't use that as an excuse. Golden State played the night before in Salt Lake and arrived home to the Bay Area later than the Raptors, who had played in nearby Sacramento.

In the first half, Bosh had 19 points in 18 minutes while the other four managed a total of 17 as Golden State went up 63-48. The Raptors fell behind 31-25 after one quarter. Bosh scored 15 of Toronto's 25 and assisted on three other baskets.

Bonner went down hard after attempting a basket and hurt his neck but stayed in the game.


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