TORONTO (AP) -- Jalen Rose's demotion overshadowed a rare Raptors
Donyell Marshall scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth
quarter and Toronto beat the Utah Jazz 98-86 on Wednesday night.
Rose, dropped from the Raptors' starting lineup, made five of his
first six shots and finished with 12 points.
"I feel like I've been shown the door," said Rose, who was
told of the move during a meeting with general manager Rob Babcock
and coach Sam Mitchell earlier in the day. "I'm just waiting to
see what happens."
Rose has struggled since his name came up in trade talks a month
ago. He said he saw himself as just a throw-in in a possible trade
of Vince Carter. The 10-year veteran has looked disinterested while
scoring just four points in two recent games.
Carter was dealt to New Jersey last week.
"This isn't the first time in my career where I was in a
situation where I was treated unfairly," Rose said. "I've seen
this movie before."
Rose wore black to the meeting because he thought something like
this was going to happen. He has three years and $48 million left
on his contract.
"I'd play this game for free, but as a player it kind of makes
you scratch your head, just the politricks that go with the NBA,"
Before the game, Mitchell didn't announce the change in the
lineup, but said it would be easier for new acquisitions Eric
Williams and Aaron Williams -- obtained in the deal for Carter -- to
acclimate themselves to the team because they work hard.
"We lack that. We lack their work ethic," the first-year coach
Eric Williams had 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists in
his first game as a Raptors starter in place of Rose.
Chris Bosh added 18 points for the Raptors, who are 10-18 and
2-2 since dealing Carter last Friday.
Carlos Boozer had 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who
went 1-4 on their road trip.
"We just didn't seem to be alive," Utah coach Jerry Sloan
said. "Our bodies looked about half dead."
Utah cut Toronto's lead to four with five minutes left, but
Marshall made a 3-pointer, and Bosh added a jumper to make it a
Raja Bell followed with a 3-pointer, but Marshall and Morris
Peterson made consecutive 3-pointers to give Toronto a 10-point
lead with 1:41 remaining.
Marshall added two free throws with 30 seconds left to push the
advantage to 12 points.
The Raptors led by as many as 16 in the third quarter, but
Boozer had 12 points as Utah cut the deficit to four by the end of
Utah starting center Aleksander Radojevic committed three
turnovers in the first three possessions. ... Radojevic, Toronto's
12th pick in the 1999 draft, played just three games in two seasons
for the Raptors. ... The Raptors also beat the Jazz on Nov. 10.