Vince Carter scored 23 points and Donyell Marshall finished with
15 points and 15 rebounds, leading the Raptors to an 83-73 victory
over the Suns on Sunday.
Rose added 16 points and five assists for the Raptors, who were
routed by the Hornets on Friday.
"Any time you don't win you go home and do a lot of soul
searching. You watch the sports shows and read all the newspapers,
you soak it all in on how you stunk," said Rose, who shot 1-for-8
from the field and had just two points against the Hornets.
"We played better and I played better."
The Raptors have won three of four and improved to 9-7 since
acquiring Rose and Marshall from Chicago in late November. Alvin
Williams added 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
"It was an all-around effort on both ends," Carter said. "We
contained Steph the best we could."
"It was like we had two left feet on offense," Phoenix coach
Mike D'Antoni said.
The Suns are 4-12 since Amare Stoudemire, last season's Rookie
of the Year, went on the injured list Dec. 6 with a sprained left
"Time is ticking for us," Marbury said of Phoenix, which fell
to 12-22. "We can't let our injuries be a hindrance to us."
Toronto rookie center Chris Bosh scored six points on 1-for-9
shooting before leaving the game with five minutes left due to a
sprained right shoulder.
Bosh stayed in the game for several minutes after Jahidi White
set the punishing screen that injured his shoulder.
"It was like running into a wall," said Bosh, who weighs at
least 70 pounds less than White. "I didn't see him."
A layup by Marbury with 7:04 left pulled Phoenix within five
points, but Marshall countered with a layup, and Rose made a nice
bounce pass to Marshall, whose dunk extended Toronto's lead to
72-61 with 5:51 remaining.
After Penny Hardaway missed a jumper, Peterson made an open
3-pointer from the corner, giving Toronto a 14-point lead with 4:53
Hardaway followed with a jumper, but Carter scored on a tip-in
to give Toronto a 77-63 lead with 3:24 remaining.
Toronto grabbed three straight offensive rebounds before Curry
made two free throws and extended the lead to 79-65 with 1:58 left.
Rose gave Toronto a 10-point lead by making two free throws with
36 seconds remaining.
"We played very well," Toronto coach Kevin O'Neill said. "I
was happy with the intensity of our team all afternoon."
Toronto outscored Phoenix 25-18 in the fourth quarter.
Carter scored 15 first-half points and helped Toronto to a 37-33
lead at the break.<
^Notes@ Toronto's Milt Palacio didn't return after spraining his
left wrist in the second quarter. ... The Suns are 4-9 since Mike
D'Antoni became the head coach. ... Donnell Harvey had 10 points
and five rebounds. ... Marion took just 10 shots. ... Hardaway went
2-for-8 from the field for just four points. ... The Raptors held a
46-42 edge in rebounding. ... The Suns face former coach Scott
Skiles in Chicago on Monday night.