When the snow finally stopped falling in Toronto, it started raining threes thanks to the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors roasted the worst team in the NBA by hitting 17 three-pointers -- tying a Raptors record for threes by an opponent -- in a 108-98 win before 15,829 last night at the Air Canada Centre.
"Everybody should know: Mike Dunleavy, three-point shooter. Troy Murphy, three-point shooter. Jason Richardson can shoot the ball," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said after his team fell to 4-19 overall and 1-11 at home.
"The other guy who played on the Lakers all those years, if you had cable, Derek Fisher, you would know he could shoot threes. We put all those things (on the board), we put it on the scouting report, we talked about it (Thursday), we talked about it again (yesterday) in the shootaround and we talked about it again right before the game."
But as usual, the Raptors didn't execute the game plan. The Warriors connected on 17 of 29 threes for a great 58.6% success rate as the Raptors allowed more than 100 points for the fifth game in a row.
It wasn't a secret that the Warriors were going to attempt shots from downtown. They lead the league in three-point attempts.
"That's what they do, they shoot a lot of threes," Raptors forward Charlie Villanueva said. "They hit 17 three-pointers, 58%. It's hard to win a game like that."
Four Warriors scored 20 or more points, the first time that has happened for a Raptors opponent since Feb. 3, 1998.
What's more, the fans booed the Raps off the court for coming two points short of the 100-point free pizza mark.
On offence, the Raptors were particularly vulnerable in the eight minutes when star forward Chris Bosh was sitting on the bench. During that time, they were outscored 21-6.
They also turned over the ball 16 times.
"I never had a coach tell me not to throw a guy the ball when (a teammate) ain't looking," Mitchell said. "I guess we're going to have to start a drill to only throw the ball when the guy is looking.
"I'm not being facetious, guys. But you all watched the game. It happens. I don't think there is a drill for that, but we'll try to come up with one. We just do some things on the court that (are) just amazing. Sometimes a good way, more often than not it's been a bad way."
A frustrated Bosh led the team in scoring for the 15th game in a row with 27 points and was a force on defence with eight rebounds and three blocks
"Every game, we'd like to have a quarter back," he said. "It's just the same thing, man. The same thing every day."
Villanueva, after playing for just nine minutes in Wednesday's loss to Chicago and being criticized by Mitchell for his practice intensity, responded with a solid 18-point performance, while rookie point guard Jose Calderon had his first career double-double. Mike James tied a franchise record for three-pointers made (five) with none missed.
The Raptors complete a three-game homestand tomorrow afternoon against the Philadelphia 76ers.
C+ Offence: It's hard to win when your starting centre plays 12 minutes, picks up two rebounds and zero points. Yes, Rafael Araujo struggled again at home. Jose Calderon picked up his first career double-double, 15 points and 11 assists.
D Defence: The Raps enabled the Warriors to shoot 48% from the field. Golden State tied a record for three-pointers made by an opponent with 17.