Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/10

Game 1: Wednesday, November 10th
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Game 2: Wednesday, December 22nd
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Jazz 86

(11-16, 5-10 away)

Raptors 98

(10-18, 8-4 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, December 22, 2004

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 19 18 29 2086
    TOR 28 22 20 2898

    Top Performers

    UTAH: C. Boozer 29 Pts, 10 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Tor: D. Marshall 22 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Marshall steps up late; Rose scores 12 in reserve role

    TORONTO (AP) -- Jalen Rose's demotion overshadowed a rare Raptors win.

    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," Rose said.

    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 said.

    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 nine-point lead.

    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 the period.

    Game notes


    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTAH
    TOR
    Points 86 98
    FGM-FGA 36-81 (.444) 33-70 (.471)
    3PM-3PA 2-10 (.200) 9-20 (.450)
    FTM-FTA 12-19 (.632) 23-30 (.767)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-45 6-43
    Assists 20 29
    Turnovers 16 13
    Steals 4 8
    Blocks 0 9
    Fast Break Points 4 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 18

    Top Performers

    Utah
    Toronto
    Carlos Boozer Boozer
    Points: 29
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Donyell Marshall Marshall
    Points: 22
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3