This was one slow start the Houston Rockets couldn't overcome.

Chris Bosh scored 27 points and Hedo Turkoglu had a season-high 23 as the Toronto Raptors beat the visiting Rockets yesterday, 101-88.

"We had a poor first quarter and it cost us," Houston coach Rick Adelman said. "We could never get back from that."

Jarrett Jack added 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Raptors, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Andrea Bargnani also had 14 points, and Sonny Weems had 11.

Carl Landry scored 25 points, Luis Scola had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Aaron Brooks put in 20 for the Rockets, who had won two straight and five of six.

Down 10 after the first quarter at Philadelphia on Friday, Houston came back to win, 96-91. The Rockets started slowly again yesterday. Bosh had 10 points and five rebounds as Houston trailed, 32-17, after one quarter.

"We can't afford to start this way," Scola said. "We're not that good. We can't expect to come out and be down 20 and pick it up whenever we want to and come back and win the game. It happens once in a while, but it won't happen against good defenses. We're going to lose 95 percent of the games that we start this way."

"The last three quarters we outscored them," Adelman said, "but you get down on the road to a team with some talent like they have and it's going to be hard."

Toronto coach Jay Triano added some new offensive sets designed to get Turkoglu the ball in key situations.

"That's what Hedo can do," Bosh said. "He can create for other people and he can create for himself. If he's aggressive shooting the ball and taking it to the basket, that really helps us out. It gets everybody involved and it gets him going. When we're doing that, we're a hard team to beat."

Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, the team's leading scorer, was ejected with 3:47 left in the third quarter for swinging his arm at rookie DeMar DeRozan following a steal. Referees stepped in after Jack confronted Ariza at midcourt, and the altercation didn't escalate.

DeRozan, who knows Ariza from summer games in Los Angeles, said there were no hard feelings."I know it wasn't intentional or nothing," DeRozan said. "He was just frustrated, he wasn't hitting any shots, they were down by 20. Just in the heat of the game, it's frustration. It's definitely no problem, he's still my man."

In other games:

* At Atlanta, Maurice Evans scored 22 points and Joe Johnson added 21 points and 10 assists to help the Hawks beat the New Jersey Nets, 130-107, for their fourth straight win. The Nets allowed a season high in points in their third consecutive loss, dropping the NBA's worst record to 2-22.

* At Miami, Rudy Gay scored a career-high 41 points, Marc Gasol made all seven of his shots in a 16-point, 15-rebound effort, and the Memphis Grizzlies enjoyed a rare road blowout by beating the Heat, 118-90. Dwyane Wade scored 25 points for Miami, 6-7 at home and losers in six of its last eight overall.

* At Oklahoma City, LeBron James scored a season-high 44 points and Mo Williams hit a backbreaking halfcourt shot in the fourth quarter to help the Cleveland Cavaliers close out a 102-89 win against the Thunder.

* At Los Angeles, Tim Duncan scored 21 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs over the Clippers, 115-90.


* The New York Knicks signed 7-foot free agent Jonathan Bender, marking the oft-injured forward's return to the NBA after a 3-year absence.