It was the first meeting between the teams since Game 7 of last year's first-round playoff series, which was won by Toronto.
They'll have a chance to bounce back and reverse their fate tonight as they'll take on the Indiana Pacers in the final game of a four-game road trip.
"From start to finish, I thought it was a solid contribution offensively and defensively", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. The difference can be seen in the statistics: in 41.3% of FG by 49.5% of Toronto, 26.1% in T3 against a great 44.4%, and an abysmal difference in rebounds, in collecting 33 by 51 of Toronto.
The Raptors had 51-33 rebounding edge, including 20-5 in the first quarter. Coming down to the end of the season, we have to keep this up.
The Raptors took the lead for good midway through the first quarter and were ahead 62-45 after two quarters, their largest halftime lead in more than two months.
It was a career-best 26th double-double of the season for Valanciunas, which leads the team. Therefore, given that the Jazz weren't able to get it done in Chicago, they'll have to put together a much better performance if they hope to defeat in tonight and sweep the regular season series. They face each other twice more over the next two weeks. The difference between the two teams was such that IN failed to have any positive side IN any of the four quarters, finishing the game with a painful 25-point loss (91-116). You can't win a game if you can't win a quarter.
DeRozan led all scorers in the opening half, shooting 6 for 10 from the field, including converting the only 3-pointer he attempted, on the way to 16 points.
Powell hit a 3-pointer from the corner to end the third quarter with Toronto leading 91-73. "We kind of allowed them to just run their sets and get to their spots".
"I guess we've got to come out and establish our physical play so that late in game or throughout the whole game we're able to get away with stuff that other teams get away with", said George. It's frustrating fighting that battle as well as getting the matchup of having their team's best defender on me, plus having to score.
It certainly won't be an easy task as they'll be taking on a Pacers team that is now sixth in the Eastern Conference and boasts a formidable group of players that includes the likes of Jeff Teague, Myles Turner and Paul George. The Raptors play the Chicago Bulls at home Tuesday for their next game.
Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) puts his hand on the head of Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) during the fourth quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena.