Key step forward for Jalen

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

ATLANTA -- Don't write off Jalen Rose just yet.

The struggling Raptors swingman, who was buried on the bench for most of a 92-66 loss against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre, did some good things last night in a 102-101 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

"I've been around 12 years, I can play a little bit," Rose said after scoring 15 points in 24 minutes.

Rose hit two three-pointers in a 16-6 run that ended the third quarter and finished 6-for-14 from the field in the game.

"I thought Jalen played well," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "He kind of got it going. He's been putting some time in and I thought he shot the ball well. He really gave us a lift."

ON THE BENCH

While Rose had his best game since a 22-point outing Nov. 20 against Miami, he still was on the bench down the stretch, a situation he clearly didn't enjoy.

"No comment, I'm not getting into that," Rose said. "Thank you for caring."

But it was a step in the right direction for Rose, who was taken out of the starting lineup earlier this week.

"I'm a competitor, I want to be out there the whole game just like everybody else," Rose said. "That's not my plight, so I've got to be excited with what happens."


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