PHOENIX - It was three quarters of get-well basketball following by one quarter of soul-crushing domination.
That sums up the Raptors’ visit to the city by the bay (at least the one on the other side of the bay).
For all the good that the Raptors showed in the first three quarters, in the first half in particular, that fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors eliminated any good feelings Toronto might take from the game.
The numbers scream capitulation — a franchise-record blown lead of 27 points en route to a 112-103 loss. The optics were such that it seemed only two players on the court in visitors’ colours — DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry — even wanted to attempt a shot in the fourth quarter.
It’s an insult to suggest a team played scared but that’s exactly what that fourth quarter looked like — too many Raptors looking to let someone else do the job and too few wanting to step up and get the job done.