Raps routed in Sacramento

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

SACRAMENTO — From going toe-to-toe with the Lakers one night to laying the biggest egg since that season-changing 31-point loss in Atlanta in early December.

The Raptors managed to show both some of its best and worst work within 24 hours of each other.

Only once this season has a Raptors opponent scored more in a quarter than the Sacramento Kings did Wednesday night.

A 43-point third quarter had the Raptors not just back to the porous defence of late February and early March, but all the way back to November and early December, when teams like Atlanta were regularly running up big scores on the Dinos.

Combined with the 23 points the Raptors managed at the other end in that third quarter, it was the most one-sided quarter of the season.

It all added up to an ugly 113-90 loss and some tough questions for a team that is looking squarely at a battle just to squeak into the playoffs.

Fittingly, such a sieve-like effort earned the Raptors a move in the standings that has brought them within sniffing distance of ninth-place in the Eastern Conference and, potentially, another year of watching the playoffs.

Both Charlotte and Miami have now caught the Raptors in the standings, meaning the next step down is to ninth.

Granted there are 19 games left in the season, but the manner in which they were run over by the Sacramento Kings, whose fans have already been reduced to cheering for rookie of the year honors for favoured son Tyreke Evans, has to set the alarm bells ringing.

The Raptors actually had a five-point lead at the half in this one and appeared at times in the first half like they might just pull away and put this one in the books early.

Only this team doesn’t work in that manner. They are quite capable of putting good runs together, but ask them to put their foot on an opponent’s throat and finish the job and you’re more than likely to be left wanting.

It just doesn’t seem to be something that is in their collective makeup.

Wednesday night you could have pointed the finger at any one of the 10 Raptors who played significant minutes. No one received a passing grade.

Chris Bosh struggled from the get-go to find his shot and never did. He wound up going just 6-for-20 from the field for 14 points.

Hedo Turkoglu, a guy the Raptors are going to need more from if they are to put a run together in these final 19 games, provided just six points and three assists in 27 minute and never found his rhythm.

For the Kings, the third quarter bust-out was a complete team effort. Carl Landry led the way with 10 but was followed closely by Evans and Beno Udrih with nine and not that far behind was Donte Green with eight.

Evans finished the game with a triple-double, scoring 18 points to go with 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

In comparison, the Raps got a quarter-high six from DeMar DeRozan.

In that quarter the Kings shot a stunning 75% from the field, outrebounded the Raps 13-4 thoroughly dominating them in every facet of the game.

So much for any strides they may have made in Los Angeles a night earlier.

It’s right back to square one when they get to Golden State where they will play their third game in this four-game trip.


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