Turkoglu re­turns with pro­tec­tive face mask as Rap­tors down Kings

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TORONTO — No one had to ask who the masked man was.

It was Toronto Rap­tors for­ward Hedo Turkoglu, who wore it re­luc­tantly Sun­day to pro­tect an or­bital-bone frac­ture be­low the right eye.

But it did not pre­vent him from scor­ing 16 points, nine in the first quar­ter, in an ag­gres­sive per­for­mance as the Rap­tors de­feated the Sacra­mento Kings 115-104 be­fore a crowd of 18,007 at the Air Canada Cen­tre.

“ It wasn’t that bad at all,” Turkoglu said, al­though he was ad­just­ing the mask dur­ing the game. “ You need time and I think I’ll get used to it in a cou­ple more games. I’ll be over with it hope­fully and won’t have to wear it again.”

Turkoglu also had five as­sists be­fore foul­ing out with 1:27 left in the game.

Chris Bosh led the Rap­tors (28-23) with 36 points and 11 re­bounds, while An­drea Bargnani added 22 and An­toine Wright scored 16. In the fourth quar­ter, Bosh scored 12 points with five re­bounds and Wright had 10 points as the Rap­tors outscored the Kings 31-17 to rally for the win.

Kevin Martin led the Kings (16-34) with 24 points, Spencer Hawes added 14 and Donte Greene had 13 points as he made three con­sec­u­tive three-point­ers to give Sacra­mento the lead in the third quar­ter.

The Rap­tors trailed by three en­ter­ing the fourth and were soon be­hind by seven points early in the quar­ter but tight­ened up on de­fence and be­gan to take over the game.

The Kings helped the Rap­tors by go­ing 25-for-36 from the freethrow line, in­clud­ing 4-for-9 in the fourth quar­ter.

“ We missed a lot of free throws,” Kings head coach Paul West­phal said. “ We couldn’t con­trol Bosh and An­toine Wright made some big plays for them.”

The Rap­tors held Kings’ guard Tyreke Evans to 11 points but he had nine as­sists. Late in the game Wright did a good job guard­ing Evans.

“Ev­ery­body is in­volved in it,” Rap­tors head coach Jay Tri­ano said. “But he still makes plays for other peo­ple. We didn’t want to get too sucked into the paint try­ing to help on him and have them kick back for threes.”

Turkoglu suf­fered the non-dis­placed frac­ture be­low his right eye early in a game against the In­di­ana Pac­ers on Jan. 31. He was struck by Mike Dun­leavy’s el­bow as he drove to the bas­ket.

He missed the next two games as he was fit­ted for the mask that doc­tors and the team in­sisted he needed to wear to pro­tect the in­jury.

He was one of three Rap­tors who re­turned from in­jury for the game.

DeMar DeRozan started at guard af­ter miss­ing five games with a sprained right an­kle and scored seven points. Point guard Jose Calderon was back on the bench af­ter miss­ing a game be­cause of a sprained right an­kle and also scored seven. The Scream­ing Ea­gles de­feated the Pen­guins 5-2 in Game 5 of their best-of-five se­ries at the East Hants Sportsplex in Lantz, Sun­day.

The Cape Bre­ton squad mounted a bal­anced at­tack with sin­gles from Sarah MacNeil, Breagh Or­rell, Kelsie Robert­son, Katie LeFort and Re­becca McDon­ald.

Re­ply­ing for the Pen­guins were VAN­COU­VER (CP) — The IOC has opened a for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a

The Cana­dian Press

Toronto Rap­tors' Hedo Turkoglu, right, ad­justs his pro­tec­tive face­mask dur­ing first half NBA action against the Sacra­mento Kings in Toronto, Sun­day. Tap­tors won, 115, 104.

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