Turkoglu returns with protective face mask as Raptors down Kings
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.
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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.