Kings outplayed in Gay's return to Toronto

Kings outplayed in Gay's return to Toronto
March 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

The Raptors led for most of the game and pulled away taking an 80-63 advantage into the fourth quarter. (USATSI)

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TORONTO -- Terrence Ross scored 18 points to lead the Raptors to a 99-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, spoiling Rudy Gay's return to Toronto.

Gay had 15 points for the Kings, who acquired him in a seven-player deal on Dec. 9. The game marked Gay's first trip back since he was shipped with Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to Sacramento for Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes.

Patterson and DeMar DeRozan each scored 15 points, while Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and Amir Johnson had nine rebounds to go with nine points for the Raptors, who've won eight of their last 10.

DeMarcus Cousins topped Sacramento with 24 points.

The Raptors led for all but the game's opening two minutes and pulled away in the third quarter to take an 80-63 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Toronto led by as many as 23 points in the fourth. The Kings would cut that to 10 on Ben McLemore's 3-pointer with a minute to go that made the game seem closer than it was.

The Raptors were 6-12 when Ujiri remade his roster, and Toronto has gone 28-14 since to sit third in the Eastern Conference.

Gay received a smattering of boos during the Kings' introductions, and again when he had Sacramento's first basket, but the level of hostility was nothing like that for former Raptors Vince Carter or even Andrea Bargnani when they played in Toronto.

The loudest jeers - and cheers - of the night came when Gay threw down a huge one-handed dunk but was called for traveling.

Of the former Kings, Patterson had the strongest night against his former team, scoring on an array of shots, including a pretty put-back basket and huge alley-oop dunk in the fourth quarter that brought the crowd of 18,658 to its feet. He was 3-for-4 from 3-point range.

The Raptors shot 47 percent on the night to 42 for the Kings. The Raptors were the superior team from long range, shooting 10 for 21 from beyond the arc, while the Kings went just 5 for 19.

Toronto looked rejuvenated from a rare four days off without a game, racing out to an early eight-point lead in a foul-filled first quarter. The Raptors were up 29-19 going into the second.

The Raptors stretched their lead to 13 early in the second and then went cold, shooting 33 percent in the quarter and allowing the Kings to pull to within two points. Toronto took a 51-44 into the dressing room at halftime.

Ross scored nine points in the third, including a 3 with 3:13 left that put the Raptors up by 15, their biggest lead to that point. A layup by Patterson with 3 seconds left sent Toronto into the fourth quarter with an 80-63 advantage.

NOTES: The Raptors are in Minnesota on Sunday and Brooklyn on Monday, then return to host Detroit on Wednesday. ... Toronto, which beat Golden State 104-98 last Sunday, hasn't dropped back-to-back home games since losing three straight in late November.

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