Second-half woes doom Warriors in Toronto

Second-half woes doom Warriors in Toronto
March 5, 2012, 1:21 am
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Raptors 83, Warriors 75Player of the game: Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan had a game-high 25 points on 9-for-16 from the field.

Key stretch: With the Warriors down four with two minutes remaining, the forced a turnover out of Jose Calderon, which led to a Nate Robinson fastbreak.But Robinson failed to convert the layup not quite uncontested but more than makeable and Leandro Barbosa hit a 3-pointer at the other end to put Toronto up 78-71 with 1:55 left.Second-half woes: The Warriors scored just 28 points in the second half, and a good chunk of the reason was because they didnt really look to run.At the end of the day, turning the ball over hurt us, Jackson said. We get one fastbreak point. We should be running off our stops, taking care of the ball, and we didnt do any of that. This one stings.Miserable third: Things went smoothly in the first half for Warriors as they took a 47-38 lead. But the third quarter was a nightmare. Golden State shot just 5-for-22 from the field in the third quarter and scored only 11 points.That brutal period allowed the Raptors to rally and take a 60-58 lead going into the fourth quarter.Thats four games in a row where weve had bad third quarters, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. We talked about it at halftime and once again got thoroughl outplayed. We did not executive offensively and gave them hope.Ellis grinding: Ellis struggled from the field in the first half, but he was doing other things noticeably passing to help the Warriors. Ellis missed seven of his nine first-half shots, but he found teammates six times for assists.Wright slumping: To say small forward Dorell Wright is in a shooting slump would be a little bit of an understatement. In his previous five games, Wright had made just 13-of-46 field goals, good for 28.2 percent from the floor.And it actually got worse in Toronto. Wright took nine shots during the first three quarter against the Raptors and made just one.

Lineup change: Jackson tinkered with his lineup on the fourth game of the trip, starting Udoh in place of Andris Biedrins at center. It was Udohs second start of the season.The Warriors also played without Stephen Curry, who missed his second game in a row. Curry has played just three seconds when Jackson used him as a decoy against Atlanta on Wednesday on this trip.Curry is listed as day-to-day with a strained tendon his right foot.

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