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TORONTO (23 - 38) at PHOENIX (21 - 39)
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TORONTO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games23-38-11.830-3030-3197.548.244.1%48.099.348.346.1%52.0
Road Games8-22-6.414-1518-1297.848.944.1%47.3103.450.846.6%53.4
Last 5 Games0-5-7.20-52-397.844.642.6%48.2106.650.447.9%52.0
TORONTO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)97.548.236-8244.1%7-2134.9%18-2378.1%481122237135
vs opponents surrendering97.849.137-8245.1%7-2035.7%17-2275.3%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)97.848.936-8244.1%7-2134.6%18-2379.4%471021236135
Stats Against (All Games)99.348.336-7946.1%6-1835.5%20-2675.9%521122207145
vs opponents averaging97.748.937-8245.1%7-2035.9%17-2275.3%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)103.450.838-8146.6%7-1937.1%21-2874.9%531223207136

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games21-39-11.924-3427-3194.548.844.2%49.799.750.746.5%51.9
Home Games14-15-0.210-198-2093.747.243.4%50.195.448.945.6%52.3
Last 5 Games3-2+0.42-32-391.243.442.1%
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)94.548.837-8444.2%6-1732.8%15-2074.6%501122218145
vs opponents surrendering97.848.937-8245.0%7-2035.6%17-2275.3%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)93.747.237-8443.4%6-1733.7%15-2074.3%501121208145
Stats Against (All Games)99.750.738-8246.5%7-1738.7%17-2274.3%521122188145
vs opponents averaging98.549.537-8245.3%7-1936.1%17-2376.0%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)95.448.937-8145.6%6-1736.7%16-2273.1%521021198166
Average power rating of opponents played: TORONTO 95.3,  PHOENIX 96
TORONTO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/28/2013GOLDEN STATE102-114L2L201O38-8743.7%421046-8653.5%5413
1/30/2013@ ATLANTA92-93L7W196.5U33-8538.8%591736-7548.0%4517
2/1/2013LA CLIPPERS98-73W4W193U38-8146.9%561225-7234.7%5214
2/8/2013@ INDIANA100-98W7W189.5O42-9643.7%561435-7844.9%5518
2/10/2013NEW ORLEANS102-89W-3.5W192U40-7851.3%451134-6949.3%4117
2/13/2013@ NEW YORK92-88W8W198U31-7342.5%421028-7935.4%6311
2/19/2013@ WASHINGTON96-88W3W190.5U35-7844.9%471630-7838.5%5116
2/22/2013NEW YORK100-98W1.5W193O35-8043.7%44935-7546.7%5116
2/27/2013@ CLEVELAND92-103L-4.5L196.5U35-7844.9%471534-8241.5%5110
3/2/2013@ MILWAUKEE114-122L6.5L199O46-10046.0%531646-9250.0%5614
3/4/2013@ GOLDEN STATE118-125L6.5L205.5O41-9443.6%561347-8257.3%4514
3/6/2013@ PHOENIX              
3/8/2013@ LA LAKERS              
3/13/2013@ BOSTON              
3/20/2013@ CHARLOTTE              
3/22/2013NEW YORK              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/26/2013@ SAN ANTONIO99-108L9T200.5O41-8150.6%481541-8349.4%419
1/27/2013@ DALLAS95-110L8L202.5O34-7744.2%421745-8851.1%5213
1/30/2013LA LAKERS92-86W3W204U38-8345.8%431133-7842.3%5619
2/2/2013@ GOLDEN STATE93-113L10.5L202O35-8640.7%541245-8950.6%5313
2/5/2013@ MEMPHIS96-90W8.5W183.5O37-7350.7%492136-8243.9%3916
2/6/2013@ NEW ORLEANS84-93L6.5L195U35-7844.9%461639-7552.0%4111
2/8/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY96-127L14L205.5O39-8347.0%431650-8757.5%478
2/10/2013OKLAHOMA CITY69-97L8L204U30-9133.0%602234-7644.7%5013
2/12/2013@ LA LAKERS85-91L9.5W202U35-8541.2%551936-8343.4%5319
2/19/2013@ PORTLAND102-98W6.5W193O41-8250.0%561733-8041.2%4114
2/20/2013@ GOLDEN STATE98-108L8.5L205.5O40-8447.6%501442-8748.3%4710
2/24/2013SAN ANTONIO87-97L9L198.5U30-8137.0%592032-7244.4%4817
2/27/2013@ SAN ANTONIO105-101W16W198.5O44-9546.3%571535-8143.2%5717
3/8/2013@ SACRAMENTO              
3/13/2013@ HOUSTON              
3/15/2013@ ATLANTA              
3/16/2013@ WASHINGTON              
3/18/2013LA LAKERS              
TORONTO: GUARDS: KYLE LOWRY is healthy again and will be handed the reigns. He could be the Raptors best player on both ends of the floor . . . As of now, JOSE CALDERON is still on the roster, but he's not long for Toronto with Lowry's arrival. He won't start over Lowry, but he could see decent minutes as the Raptors attempt to showcase him . . . With Toronto's influx of new talent, DeMAR DeROZAN could be marginalized on the offensive end. He hasn't really progressed past the dunker/raw athlete stage of his career . . . Rookie TERRENCE ROSS can just about match DeRozan's athleticism, and while he has no handle, he's a potentially deadly three-point threat . . . JOHN LUCAS III will back up both guard spots . . . ALAN ANDERSON returns as a defensive stopper in the second unit. FORWARDS: ANDREA BARGNANI makes his triumphant return and will likely go back to the perimeter. The Raptors have beefed up in the middle so Bargnani can play outside more . . . LANDRY FIELDS plays enough defense to earn minutes, but it seems like his signing was more a result of Toronto playing cap games to try to land Steve Nash. He'll likely platoon with Terrence Ross . . . ED DAVIS made some strides this offseason, but he's still not where the Raptors want him to be on the offensive end . . . LINAS KLEIZA's knee should be in better shape this season. The Raptors want more shooting, and he has a chance to grab a bigger role . . . Toronto will do everything it can to get out from under AMIR JOHNSON's contract . . . DOMINIC McGUIRE figures to occupy the final seat on the Raptors bench. CENTERS: JONAS VALANCIUNAS would have been the No. 2 pick of the draft had he come out a year later. He's a wiry, strong athlete who's physical down low with soft touch out to 10 feet. Toronto sees him as a franchise cornerstone who meshes nicely with Bargnani . . . AARON GRAY should provide ample competition for the starting center job.
PHOENIX: GUARDS: With Steve Nash gone, GORAN DRAGIC takes over at the point. He was a monster as a starter in Houston late last year, and he's familiar with Phoenix's system from his time there as Nash's backup . . . SHANNON BROWN is one of the league's better sixth men and could end up seeing close to starter minutes this year. Once just a raw athlete, he's made major strides as a shooter and ball-handler . . . KENDALL MARSHALL was a bit of a product of an absurdly talented supporting cast in college at UNC. He's got work to do to become an NBA-caliber starter, but he'll be capable enough as a backup point guard as a rookie . . . SEBASTIAN TELFAIR still can't hit an open jump shot, but will factor into the backcourt rotation. FORWARDS: LUIS SCOLA steps in as the starting four. While he's in his 30's and an underwhelming athlete, he's crafty and relentless . . . JARED DUDLEY will continue to be their main catch-and-shoot threat on the wing. It might take a while to develop an on-court chemistry with Dragic . . . MICHAEL BEASLEY has a chance to grab a starting spot. He rarely has his head on straight, but he can score . . . CHANNING FRYE, the sharp-shooting 7-footer, will likely miss the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart, but this condition is expected to completely heal . . . WESLEY JOHNSON gets a fresh start. He needs to start knocking down shots to land a rotation spot . . . MARKIEFF MORRIS showed flashes as a rookie, but has to make better decisions on the offensive end. He'll be a key on the second unit . . . Well-traveled P.J. TUCKER earned himself a roster spot with an impressive Summer League. CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT had a great year-and-a-half alongside Steve Nash, and he'll have to prove he can create in the low post a little more. But he's a skilled big man who should pair nicely with Luis Scola as a scorer and passer in the post . . . Injury-riddled JERMAINE O'NEAL is still a strong low-post defender and shot-blocker.
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*Raptors-Suns Preview* ======================


Toronto (23-38) at Phoenix (21-39), 9:00 p.m. EDT

Lindsey Hunter has been stressing the importance of defense since he became interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns six weeks ago.

His message appears to finally be getting through.

Phoenix looks to match its longest win streak of the season Wednesday night and send the visiting Toronto Raptors to a sixth straight loss.

A 13-28 record under Alvin Gentry led to his dismissal Jan. 20, and the Suns have shown improvement by winning eight of 19 since Hunter was named coach.

Phoenix (21-39) has followed a 1-6 stretch with three consecutive wins, one shy of its season high set Dec. 12-19. The Suns started the run with a victory over an injury-plagued Minnesota team before a stunning 105-101 overtime win at San Antonio last Wednesday ended the Spurs' 18-game home win streak.

Hunter's team maintained that momentum with a 92-87 victory over Atlanta on Friday, hitting 10 3-pointers - its most in over two months - and forcing 21 turnovers.

"They played really well, played really hard," Hunter said. "I thought defensively they were good."

During the three-game streak, Phoenix is holding opponents to 90.3 points per game and limiting them to 39.8 percent shooting. Those numbers are in stark contrast to the previous three contests during which foes averaged 106.0 points and shot 49.6 percent.

"Our defense is better, especially in the rotations," guard Goran Dragic told the team's official website. "If you play good defense, you don't put pressure on the offense.

"Even if you miss, you're confident that you can defend. Maybe because of that we finished some games like we did in the last three."

Dragic scored 19 points against the Hawks before leaving with a lower back bruise in the third quarter, but he's expected to play this game. That's good news for a Suns team that has seen its point guard average 15.3 points, 10.7 assists and 2.3 steals in seven games since the All-Star break.

This will be the third stop on a four-game trip for the Raptors (22-38), who have lost six of seven following a season high-tying five-game win streak.

A lack of defense late was the problem in a 125-118 loss to Golden State on Monday, as the Warriors scored 42 fourth-quarter points and shot a season-best 57.3 percent overall.

Andrea Bargnani had 26 points and matched a career high with five 3-pointers, but the Raptors dropped to 0-9 this season when he scores at least 20.

"The offense wasn't the problem," Bargnani said. "We had what we wanted. On defense we have to do a better job, especially against these kinds of teams. We tried to do what we can, but it wasn't good enough."

The Raptors have won two straight against the Suns after a 14-game losing streak in the series. Toronto's 99-96 victory in Phoenix on Jan. 24, 2012, was its first there in eight games.

Bargnani had 36 points - the third-highest total of his career - in that win but scored four in 27 minutes during the most recent meeting, a 101-97 home victory Nov. 30.

Suns center Jermaine O'Neal will be out for an undetermined time while his daughter undergoes surgery to repair a leaky heart valve.

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