Bosh leads Raptors past Bobcats
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh scored 29 points and grabbed 10
rebounds, as the Toronto Raptors continued their winning ways in January with
a 95-86 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at the Air Canada Centre.
Toronto, 4-2 in 2006, received significant contributions from Mike James, who
had 24 points and seven assists, and Morris Peterson, who had 18 points and 11
Toronto snapped its two-game skid and is a respectable 11-9 since a 1-15
Jumaine Jones scored 17 points and Primoz Brezec tallied 16 points and grabbed
eight rebounds for the Bobcats, who have dropped five of their last six games.
Gerald Wallace added 15 points and seven boards, as the Bobcats played without
forward Emeka Okafor, who aggravated his sprained right ankle in the second
overtime of the Bobcats’ 111-106 victory over Houston on Tuesday.
Brevin Knight sat out the second half with lower back spasms after scoring
just one point in 12 1/2 minutes.
“It shows, in the second half our offense began to stall,” said Wallace about
not having Knight. “Guys were getting the ball and other guys were just
standing there looking.”
Playing with just nine suited players in the second half and after not
arriving in Toronto until almost 3 a.m. in the wake of Tuesday night’s never-
ending game, the Bobcats tired down the stretch.
Raymond Felton turned it over with 2:28 remaining and James was fouled on the
other end. He made both, making the guard 10-of-10 from the foul line, to give
Toronto a 86-85 advantage.
Peterson, off of great ball reversal, drained a three-pointer from the left
corner to open a 89-85 edge with 1:25 left. Two Bosh free throws and James’
coast-to-coast layup extended the lead to 93-85 and sealed the victory.
The Raptors scored 11 of the game’s final 12 points.
“I just give a lot of credit to Charlotte, the guys played last night, double
overtime game, and then lost a lot of players and then came out and played
hard, they competed and they represent the Bobcats well,” Toronto head coach
Sam Mitchell said. “We have to give those guys credit but at the end of the
day we found a way to win the basketball game and that’s the most important
James made consecutive pull-up jumpers and Joey Graham made 1-of-2 free throws
to pull Toronto within 54-51 during the third quarter, then Matt Bonner’s
three moments later from the left wing got the Raptors within one, 58-57.
Toronto seized a 63-61 lead on James’ three-point play, yet the quarter ended
in a 63-63 tie on Felton’s jumper that beat the buzzer.
Charlotte led 27-20 after the first quarter and 45-33 at the half.
Charlotte is 4-15 on the road this season and has lost four straight on the
road…Toronto improved to 5-13 at home…Toronto is 4-1 lifetime versus
Charlotte…Felton had eight points, six boards and four assists.