Blow it again, Sam: Raps fail in fourth

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

TORONTO -- The Raptors simply were outexecuted and outgunned as they ran out of options in a heartbreaking 109-100 loss to the Denver Nuggets at the Air Canada Centre yesterday.

The Raptors have no player -- save for T.J. Ford when he is playing under control -- who can create his own shot, while the Nuggets have two in Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony.

When they weren't getting favourable calls from the officials, Iverson (36 points) and Anthony (33), were making clutch jumpers to bury the Raptors (35-35).

"We couldn't score enough points at the right time,'' Raptors coach Sam Mitchell lamented.

Little by little, Mitchell's team once again gave away an early lead. Denver nailing three successive three-pointers early in the fourth quarter served notice that momentum had shifted.

The fourth-quarter collapse included Jamario Moon, who had a 15-point, 15-rebound day, showing his inexperience with an ill-timed three-point try with around two minutes to play. Throw in a pair of costly turnovers and this game left an awful taste in the mouth of Raptors' fans.

Chris Bosh flirted with the first triple double of his career, with 17 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Jose Calderon also had 17 points and Andrea Bargnani had 16 -- all in the first quarter, though.


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