Raptors scorch Suns

By
Updated: March 7, 2013

DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson scored 15 and 14
points, respectively, as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Phoenix Suns, 98-71,
on Wednesday.

Sebastian Telfair had 13 points, seven assists and four steals while Jonas
Valanciunas, Alan Anderson and Terrence Ross scored 10 points apiece for the
Raptors, who snapped a five-game losing streak.

Marcus Morris scored 12 points off the bench for the Suns, who had won three
straight coming into the game. No other Phoenix player finished in double
figures.

Late in the first quarter, down 25-22, the Suns’ Marcin Gortat came down with
a rebound and had his left foot stepped on by Johnson. Gortat did not return
to the game.

Entering the second quarter, the Raptors had a 28-24 advantage.

Up 39-34 with less than eight minutes in the frame, the Raptors went on a 9-0
run to lead 48-34 with 3:55 remaining and held a 54-40 lead at halftime.
Telfair scored 10 points in the half.

The third quarter was a low-scoring mess. Both teams combined for 12 turnovers
and Phoenix shot just 26.3 percent from the field to go into the final frame
trailing 72-55.

Phoenix’s Michael Beasley opened up the fourth quarter with a layup, but the
Toronto then pulled away even further, as it went on a 16-2 run and led
88-59 with 6:24 left in regulation.

The Raptors proved to be too much for the Suns over the final 12 minutes after
shot 8-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-8 from three-point range. Toronto
made all six of their free throws in the quarter. Morris scored 10 points in
the period, including six in the final two minutes, but the rest of the roster
contributed little offensively.

Game Notes

Phoenix committed a season-high 29 turnovers … The Raptors scored 39 points
off turnovers … Toronto swept the regular-season series against Phoenix
for the first time since the 2003-04 season … The Suns’ Jermaine O’Neal did
not play in the game as he was with his 13-year-old daughter who is recovering
from surgery.