Peterson comes to play

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

It was Morris Peterson's night and Raptors coach Sam Mitchell was more than happy to present him with a verbal present.

The Raptors swingman set a franchise record by playing in his 418th career game last night, surpassing the injured Alvin Williams (417). Included in that record is an NBA active-high 307 consecutive games, a number that impresses Mitchell.

"It tells that Mo answers the bell every night," Peterson said. "I'm sure he's had a lot of aches and pains and bruises, but this kid really wants to play. It's tough to go out there 308 games. That's a testament to Mo and he should be proud of that."

In his two years with the Raptors, Peterson has been a regular on the practice court.

"I think since I've been here, I really can't recall a day where Mo missed practice because of injury," Mitchell said. "Maybe last year, maybe once. But I wouldn't bet I'm right about him missing practice."

Peterson has a while to go if he wants to set the NBA record for consecutive games played. A.C. Green holds that mark, having played 1,110 games in a row.

"I think it's a remarkable thing and Mo should be proud of it and the organization should be proud of it," Mitchell said.

RAFER MADNESS

Raptors fans hoping to boo ex-Toronto point guard Rafer Alston Jan. 6 at the Air Canada Centre may get their wish.

The unpredictable Houston Rocket, who has been out since suffering a hairline fracture of his right fibula Nov. 17, participated in a walk-through Tuesday and hopes to practice Friday. Alston was out for a home game against the Raptors last week.

"It (his return) could be sooner than we expect," Alston told the Houston Chronicle. "I hate to make a deadline because if I don't make it, I would be disappointed with myself. But I'm not far away at all."

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Last night's home game against the Atlanta Hawks was the first post-Christmas, pre-New Year's game in Toronto in Raptors franchise history. TheACC ice show is at the Rogers Centre this year.


Photos