Toronto Raptors Team Report – November 4
=== Toronto Raptors Team Report – November 4 ===
(Sports Network) – Chris Bosh scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds to
lead Toronto to a 95-88 win over Houston at the Air Canada Centre. Jalen Rose
added 17 points and Vince Carter had 16 for the Raptors, who won their season-
opener for the third straight year.
Rafer Alston, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason, added 15
points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the win.
Toronto has won its last four home openers and is 5-5 all-time on opening
Sam Mitchell made his head coaching debut with Toronto after the team
dismissed Kevin O’Neill at the end of last season. Mitchell, a former NBA
player, spent the last two years as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee
Bucks. He also briefly served as the top assistant under Bernie Bickerstaff
with the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.
The Raptors led 71-68 after three quarters, but scored the first five points
of the fourth, capped by Donyell Marshall’s three-pointer, to make it an
eight-point contest. Houston tried to stay close and it climbed within 78-74
on Yao Ming’s layup midway through the period.
Toronto then scored six of the next eight points, culminated by Bosh’s jumper,
to claim an 84-76 advantage in the final minutes. The Rockets never got closer
than five points again.
The Raptors continue their season-opening three-game homestand on Friday
against the defending NBA champion Detroit Pistons.
Last year, the Raptors dropped three of four to the Pistons and has dropped
eight of 10 and nine of the last 12 matchups. Toronto has also lost seven of
its last nine at home to Detroit.