Williams, Jazz Top Raps 96-79

Utah ties home winning streak record with 19, Toronto loses fifth straight contest
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2008 1:58 AM CDT
Toronto Raptors guard T.J. Ford is held back as he tries to go after a referee during the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz in the NBA basketball game Monday, March 17, 2008, in Salt Lake City.    (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
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(Newser) – The Utah Jazz topped the visiting Toronto Raptors 96-79 and tied a franchise record with their 19th consecutive home victory. The game was tied at 65 in the fourth quarter, until backup point guard Ronnie Price led the Jazz on a 24-4 run that sealed the victory. The unlikely hero had four points and three assists during the stretch, reports the Associated Press.

Price’s defense during that scoring run was excellent: he harassed T.J. Ford to the point where Ford exploded after getting whistled for an offensive foul. The five-year pro out of Texas had to be restrained from going after the referee; he was ejected. Toronto was again without all-star Chris Bosh, and the Raptors have been a miserable 2-8 in his absence.