Jazz dance all over Raps

Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan, Chris Bosh, and Reggie Evans walk to the bench during a time-out...

Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan, Chris Bosh, and Reggie Evans walk to the bench during a time-out against the Utah Jazz. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

TORONTO -- You know it's a pasting when all the losing coach can do is talk up the opposition.

And that was all Jay Triano could do after his Toronto Raptors got taken to school by a team that shares the ball better, plays better team defence and quite simply overpowered the Raptors from the opening tip.

If anything, the 113-87 Utah Jazz victory probably flattered the Raptors, given how one-sided the night was.

Not surprisingly, the Raptors were booed off the court.

"They're bigger, faster and stronger," Triano said. "We could not contain Deron Williams from the start of the game. He goes out, we get it down to 14 (from a 21-point deficit). He comes back in, it's 20 again. He just goes where he wants to go, does what he wants to do and delivers the ball to everybody. His line is deceiving. Eighteen points and 16 assists? He was better than that."

The 16 assists by Williams were two more than the Raptors had as a team. His eight rebounds matched the best by a Raptor, with both Chris Bosh and Reggie Evans pulling down that number.

Asked what he could take from the game, Triano suggested his Raptors use the Jazz as the model of what they hope to become.

"You have to play with that type of tenacity," Triano said. "Every single cut they make, if you take away the first option, then look for the second option. They share the ball extremely well . . . and they are the epitome of how you want to try and execute. That is why they are the number one field-goal percentage shooting team in the NBA and have been for the last three or four years."

Outside of maybe the five words he opened his post-game scrum with -- "I thought the effort was good" -- there was really nothing Triano said that could be challenged.

What needs to get challenged directly, whether by Triano or president and GM Bryan Colangelo, is how bad this Raptors team really wants it on a night-to-night basis.

Bosh, who led the Raptors with 20 points, was more direct in his assessment.

"We didn't come to play," he said on the eve of his 26th birthday. "Yeah, they're good, but, um, we have to take the mentality of who cares? We still have to win this game. I don't think we have that fire right now."

Bosh was asked if he could instill some of that fire.

"I can't instill it in guys," he said. "You have to have it on your own. As much as I would like to, as much as I would like to do everything, personally you have to bring something to the plate. Whatever gets guys going, we need to find it."

Williams, as dominant as he was last night, was just the best of a strong showing by just about everyone in a Utah uniform.

Six other Jazz players finished in double figures in scoring. As a team the Jazz outrebounded Toronto 52-38.


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