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                          === Raptors scorch Suns ===
 Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson scored 15 and 14
 points, respectively, as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Phoenix Suns, 98-71,
 on Wednesday.
 Sebastian  Telfair  had 13 points,  seven assists  and four steals while Jonas
 Valanciunas,  Alan Anderson  and Terrence Ross scored 10 points apiece for the
 Raptors, who snapped a five-game losing streak.
 Marcus  Morris scored 12  points off the bench for the Suns, who had won three
 straight  coming  into the  game. No  other Phoenix  player finished in double
 Late  in the first quarter, down 25-22, the Suns' Marcin Gortat came down with
 a  rebound and had  his left foot stepped on by Johnson. Gortat did not return
 to the game.
 "He  (Gortat) is  their difference maker but again, we've been there. It's the
 NBA and I feel for him but we have been there before and nobody felt sorry for
 us and so I hope he's ok," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.
 Entering the second quarter, the Raptors had a 28-24 advantage.
 Up  39-34 with less than eight minutes in the frame, the Raptors went on a 9-0
 run  to  lead 48-34  with 3:55  remaining and  held a  54-40 lead at halftime.
 Telfair scored 10 points in the half.
 The third quarter was a low-scoring mess. Both teams combined for 12 turnovers
 and  Phoenix shot just  26.3 percent from the field to go into the final frame
 trailing 72-55.
 Phoenix's  Michael Beasley  opened up the fourth quarter with a layup, but the
 Toronto  then pulled  away even  further, as  it went  on a  16-2 run  and led
 88-59 with 6:24 left in regulation.
 The Raptors proved to be too much for the Suns over the final 12 minutes after
 shot  8-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-8 from three-point range. Toronto
 made  all six of  their free throws in the quarter. Morris scored 10 points in
 the period, including six in the final two minutes, but the rest of the roster
 contributed little offensively.
 "That  was  pretty bad,"  Suns coach  Lindsey Hunter  said. "I  do not see one
 bright spot to take from that game other than it is over."
                                   Game Notes
 Phoenix  committed a season-high 29 turnovers ... The Raptors scored 39 points
 off  turnovers ...  Toronto swept  the regular-season  series against  Phoenix
 for  the first time since the 2003-04 season ... The Suns' Jermaine O'Neal did
 not play in the game as he was with his 13-year-old daughter who is recovering
 from surgery.
 03/07 02:24:38 ET