Raps torched in fourth

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

OAKLAND -- The Toronto Raptors can't start or finish.

All the good things they did in the middle portions of the game last night went for naught as the Raptors faded badly down the stretch, losing 110-99 against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

The night featured a history-making second quarter when the Raptors scored a team-record 41 points and a 23-point, 22-rebound night for Chris Bosh, tying a career high for boards.

But a much-improved effort at both ends of the floor didn't hold up in the fourth quarter when the Warriors went on a 17-2 run to take a commanding 12-point lead after trailing by four heading into the final frame. Warriors star Baron Davis was the catalyst, shooting and running well.

The Raptors fell to 0-2 on their five-game West Coast swing with their third loss in a row. The game marked the debut of the new-look starting lineup, with Fred Jones in and Morris Peterson out. But the change didn't do much good early as the Warriors led by seven after one quarter.

The second quarter had a little bit of everything -- an elusive three for struggling Jorge Garbajosa that gave the Raptors their first lead of the game, big shots from inconsistent shooting T.J. Ford and a healthy portion of Bosh near both baskets. Most importantly, the Raptors were making shots consistently, a problem all season.

Even when he wasn't putting up big numbers, Bosh was taking charge. Rookie centre Andrea Bargnani, after a good first quarter, was absolutely horrible on the boards in the third quarter and Bosh got in his face and screamed his head off at the overmatched Italian.

The Raptors shot a horrible 27.8% in the first quarter, proving Peterson wasn't the only one to blame for the horrid starts.

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell talked to Peterson before the game about his new role.

"Mo and I had a good conversation and he understands we're just trying to do some things to try to get a little life in our lineup," Mitchell said. "But we're going to need him. We expect Mo to come off the bench and play like he has played in the past. I think Mo will be fine."

Foul trouble

Peterson was fine offensively when he entered the game, draining two quick long shots to spark the team. But he committed three fouls in the first half, cutting his playing time. He didn't score a point in the second half.

The loss came after Mitchell made a pledge to stick to a nineman rotation. He had to use 11 last night because of Peterson's foul trouble, giving some time for Joey Graham, but barring exceptional circumstances, it will be nine. Kris Humphries, Graham and P.J. Tucker figure to be the odd men out.

"It's not easy, but that's just the way it is," Mitchell said.

Humphries (sprained right ankle) didn't dress last night, giving point guard Darrick Martin an opportunity to dress for the first time this season. The veteran did not see the floor, however.

The Raptors play Game 3 of the trip Friday against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. It's Bryant's first game against the Raptors since he torched Toronto for 81 points last January.


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