Hansbrough has 23, leads Raptors over winless Jazz

Created: 11/09/2013 10:05 PM WHEC.com

(AP) TORONTO - Tyler Hansbrough scored a season-high 23 points, DeMar DeRozan added 18 and the Toronto Raptors snapped a seven-game home losing streak against Utah, routing the winless Jazz 115-91 Saturday night.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points and Rudy Gay had 11 as the Raptors earned their first home victory over the Jazz since Dec. 22, 2004.

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry sprained his right ankle on the final play of the first half and did not return. He finished with nine points.

Playing for the fourth time in five days, struggling Utah was no match for a Raptors team that had lost four of its previous five, including three straight. Gordon Hayward scored 24 points and Derrick Favors had 17 for the Jazz.

Utah wrapped up a four-game road trip with its seventh straight defeat to begin the season, extending the team’s worst start since its debut NBA season in New Orleans in 1974-75, when the Jazz lost their first 11 games.

Utah came in having won 14 of 15 in the series but never led in this one. When Gay hit a jumper at 8:33 of the second, putting Toronto up 41-20, it marked the fourth straight game the Jazz have trailed by 20 points or more.

Utah, whose 97-73 loss at Chicago on Friday was their biggest margin of defeat this season, wasted no time matching that dubious mark against Toronto.

Enes Kanter had 14 points for the Jazz, who’ll try for their first win of the season when they host Denver on Monday.

Jazz forward Marvin Williams, who returned from a right Achilles injury Friday, went scoreless in 15 minutes, missing his three field goal attempts.

All nine of Lowry’s points came in the first quarter. DeRozan and Valanciunas each added eight as Toronto built a 30-16 lead after one.

After missing his only field goal attempt in the first, Gay scored nine points in the second. Terrence Ross also had nine as the Raptors shot 57 percent (13 for 23) in the quarter and took a 62-36 edge into the break.

NOTES: Steve Novak was the only one of Toronto’s 13 active players not to score a point. ... Utah finished 3 for 18 from 3-point range. ... Jazz G Brandon Rush (left knee) was not available. ... The Raptors wore camouflage uniforms in advance of Monday’s Remembrance Day holiday. ... Toronto, which lost at undefeated Indiana on Friday, is the first team to face unbeaten and winless opponents on consecutive days since the 1974 Houston Rockets, who played the New Orleans Jazz (0-6) and Washington Bullets (7-0).


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