Sunday , Dec , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Bosh lone bright spot for struggling Raps

(Sports Network) – It has been a disappointing season thus far for the Toronto
Raptors to say the least. However, there has been a bight spot and that has
been the emergence of forward Chris Bosh, who is becoming one of the best
young players in the league.

Toronto slipped to an NBA-worst 4-19 on Friday as it was dealt a 108-98
setback at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. Bosh scored a game-
high 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting for the Raptors, who have dropped two in a
row and four of their last five.

Bosh, who leads the team with 22.4 points and 9.7 boards-per-game, has scored
at least 20 points in each of his last seven games.

Charlie Villanueva poured in 18 points and collected nine boards, and Jose
Calderon added 15 points and 11 assists in the loss.

Toronto cut the lead to seven points with 6:21 remaining in the game on a
Mike James three-pointer. However, the Warriors answered with a three-ball of
their own at the other end and the Raptors did not threaten after that.

Today the Raptors will try and get back on the winning track when they
conclude a three-game homestand against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Air
Canada Centre.

The Raptors, who will hit the road for four games after tonight’s contest,
have lost five straight at home and are just 1-11 in their arena this season.

The Sixers have defeated the Raptors twice already this season and have won
five of the last six meetings. Philly has also had success north of the
border, where it has won two of three and six of its last eight.