The road to .500

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

The Raptors entered last night's late-night game against the host Golden State Warriors with one simple goal: Get to .500.

What began with an embarrassing loss to an Oklahoma City team that won all of two games ended with a game against the nine-win Warriors.

There were losses in San Antonio and Portland and wins against the L.A. Clippers and Sacramento.

For a team looking for any encouraging sign, finishing a gruelling west coast trip at 3-3 remained an important goal.

Interim head coach Jay Triano reinforced that message at the end of his team's morning shootaround yesterday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

"To go 3-3 on the road is okay,'' Triano said. "It would be disappointing to go 2-4. It would have been nice to go 4-2, but 3-3 is fine."

As daunting a task as any trip out west poses, the Raptors' immediate schedule is just as tough.

Home court hasn't exactly been kind to the Raptors, who return to play host to Denver tomorrow followed by games against Houston and Orlando.

FRONT AND CENTRE

The Raptors' frontcourt tandem of Chris Bosh and Jermaine O'Neal, a natural power forward who is playing centre, has been on a tear.

Entering last night's game, the duo has combined to average 43.4 points, 17.0 rebounds, 5.2 offensive rebounds and 3.0 blocks over the past five games.

During that stretch, the two has shot a combined 82-for-155 (.529) from the field.

ITALIAN JOB

Last night's meeting between the Warriors and Raptors featured Italians Andrea Bargnani and Golden State's Marco Belinelli.


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