Triano's tenure terrific

Jay Triano yells from the bench as head coach of the Raptors in place of Sam Mitchell against the...

Jay Triano yells from the bench as head coach of the Raptors in place of Sam Mitchell against the Nets. (SUN MEDIA/Craig Robertson)

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

The Raptors barely broke a sweat last night as they head into the all-star break on a winning note.

The same couldn't said for the visiting New Jersey Nets, who threw up the white flag the moment players found out star point guard and leader Jason Kidd was on his way to Dallas in a conditional trade.

This had rout written all over it from the time both teams took to the Air Canada Centre floor.

With the ball moving side to side with ease and their open shots dropping with stunning frequency, the Raptors took control early and never trailed in coasting to a 109-91 win.

The biggest winner on this night may have been Jay Triano, one of the game's genuine good guys who served as Sam Mitchell's replacement.

Triano, a native of Niagara Falls, didn't look out of place, barking out calls, pacing the sideline with a veteran's composure, making the right substitution patterns and calming his team when the Nets made their one and only run by applying some full-court pressure.

"It was fun, but I'll be happy to slide over 18 inches,'' Triano said.

The Achilles heel with these jump-shot-happy Raptors has been an inability to rebound, but against an undermanned and disinterested Nets team it wasn't necessary.

To put in the most basic of terms, there weren't many misses to retrieve and there was no need to protect the paint, another of Toronto's shortcomings, because the Nets seldom, if ever, attacked the basket.

The outcome, for all intents and purposes, was over before it even began.

The Nets had no answer for Chris Bosh, who devoured New Jersey's undersized frontcourt from the opening tap.

"We set the tone early by going inside,'' Triano said. "We talked about the start being imperative. Teams that win the first quarter go on to win the majority of games."

Jose Calderon carved the Nets much like Kidd would carve opponents, looking to score and looking to push the ball against a tired and dispirited foe that had played the night earlier.

Calderon was so efficient and has been so effective that an all-star selection should have been a no-brainer.

As well as the Raptors played, this win should be put in its proper perspective, given the tumult that greeted Kidd's departure.

When the likes of Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson summoned enough energy, New Jersey's talented tandem did break down Toronto's defence.

Unfortunately, their forays to the hole were few and far between, making the game one-sided and completely devoid of any intrigue.

The game was encapsulated in a sequence just prior to the first half.

With Andrea Bargnani spotting up beyond the arc, Carter made a half-hearted attempt at contesting the shot.

A three-shot foul was called, prompting Carter to voice his displeasure. He was then teed up and the Raptors went on to complete a rare four-point play.

Calderon then beat the buzzer at intermission for a three-pointer and a 62-41 lead.

The Raptors showed no mercy in the third quarter en route to snapping their three-game home losing streak.

On every possession, Toronto increased its lead, completely taking away whatever life remained with the shell-shocked Nets.

Jamario Moon got an early jump on Saturday's slam dunk contest by flushing home two, including one in the open court.

After three quarters, the Raptors were in front 92-63. Incredibly, they had more turnovers (8) than personal fouls (7), a sure sign of New Jersey's capitulation.

In a mercy move, Triano sat Bosh on the bench two minutes into the final quarter. Bosh finished with a game-high 27 points and 13 trips to the foul line.

As a team, New Jersey attempted 14 free throws for the entire game.


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