(Sports Network) - The last time the Toronto Raptors won consecutive games
against the Utah Jazz was back during the 2004-05 season.
Toronto will try for a rare winning streak in this series when it hosts the
Jazz Monday at Air Canada Centre.
The Raptors have lost three in a row and fell to 1-5 on the season after a
93-83 home setback versus the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. Andrea Bargnani
had a game-high 23 points and DeMar DeRozan netted 19. Jose Calderon chipped
in 14 points and handed out 11 assists, as the Raptors fell to 1-5 for a
second time in three seasons. Toronto was 1-7 in 2010-11.
Toronto's worst start through the first seven games was 0-7 in 2005-06, when
it lost its first nine contests.
"We looked like we fixed our first quarter problem," Raptors coach Dwane Casey
said. "Our starters gave us excellent energy. But, our reserves came in and
things started to snowball from there."
Toronto played without guards Kyle Lowry (ankle) and Landry Fields (wrist).
Lowry is listed as doubtful and Fields is questionable for Monday. Alan
Anderson started in place of Fields and is expected to miss Monday's game with
a foot ailment.
Bargnani has scored 20-plus points in back-to-back games and has posted double
figures in scoring in all six this season.
Utah is 0-4 on the road and will begin a four-game trek Monday against
Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington.
The Jazz have won two of their last three games, including a 94-81 victory
versus the Phoenix Suns Saturday in Salt Lake City. Al Jefferson recorded his
fourth double-double in seven games, notching a season-high 27 points and 14
rebounds, and Paul Millsap had 18 points and 13 boards.
Jamaal Tinsley did not score, but had a game-best 14 assists for Utah.
"It always feels good to win a game," said Tinsley, who last had 10-plus
assists in a game back in 2007. "It doesn't matter if I have two or three
Jazz point guard Mo Williams did not play because of a strained right adductor
and is questionable for Monday. Williams was acquired in the offseason for his
distribution ability and will be replaced by Tinsley again if he's unable to
go against the Raptors.
Utah, which was one of six teams that did not visit Toronto last year during
the lockout-shortened season, had a 12-game winning streak in the series come
to an end with a 111-106 loss in double overtime on Jan. 25 at home.
The Jazz are unbeaten in their last six trips north of the border.
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