Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hansbrough Scores 23 off the Bench as Raptors Silence Lowly Jazz 115-91

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hansbrough Scores 23 off the Bench as Raptors Silence Lowly Jazz 115-91

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Raptors cruise to 115-91 win against Jazz


TORONTO - It was a lopsided victory, a blowout, a laugher.

But in the aftermath a 115-91 pounding of the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey insisted it was still invaluable for evaluating the depth of his team early in the season.

"It wasn't a night off," Casey said. "We're still building something and it's serious.

"It gave us an opportunity to get some work in, look at different people and different combinations."

The Raptors (3-4) scored the first five points of the night and never trailed on the way to ending a three-game losing streak. Toronto led by as many as 38 points against a Jazz team that dropped to 0-7.

"No matter who you play, you have to give it 48 (minutes)," Casey said. "We started the game out, we ended it playing the game the right way. That's what we're looking for."

A dozen different Raptors had a field goal and the starters got lots of rest in the second half.

Tyler Hansbrough had 23 points off the bench to lead the Raptors before 17,211 at Air Canada Centre.

The 115 points marked the first time this season Toronto has reached the century mark.

The only sour note on the night for the Raptors was a right ankle injury to starting point guard Kyle Lowry. He had nine points in 15 minutes but did not play in the second half.

"I think he just tweaked it," Casey said of Lowry, who in the locker-room after the game was wearing both shoes and only limping slightly. "If he had to go, he would have been OK."

The Raptors, wearing green camouflage uniforms in honour of the Canadian Forces, still hardly put on a military precise performance.

They committed 12 turnovers on the night, four less than Utah. Toronto shot less than 50 per cent from the field, while Utah shot 44 per cent.

But playing the third set of back-to-back games in the young season, the Raptors were happy to take the lopsided win before going back out on the road for games in Houston on Monday and Memphis on Wednesday.

"We just needed to get our heads on straight, come out with some focus and take our anger out on somebody," said Terrence Ross, who had nine points in 17 minutes off the bench. …

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