Bosh leads Raptors past short-handed Sixers
=== Bosh leads Raptors past short-handed Sixers ===
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh poured in a game-high 31
points as the Toronto Raptors used a brilliant fourth quarter to beat a short-
handed Philadelphia club, 111-97, at the Wachovia Center.
The Sixers were without the services of All-Star guard Allen Iverson, who
missed the game with a sprain and contusion of the right foot. The Georgetown
product has been having one of his best seasons and is averaging 33.2 points
and 7.4 assists per game.
Darrick Martin added season-highs of 18 points and 12 assists for the Raptors,
who won their second straight game. Mike James, Morris Peterson and rookie
Joey Graham all netted 14 points and Matt Bonner tallied 10 in the win.
John Salmons recorded a career-high 23 points for the Sixers, who lost for the
fourth time in five games. Chris Webber also scored 23 points and added 11
rebounds in the loss. Andre Iguodala donated 19 points while Matt Barnes had
14 for Philadelphia.
Toronto started the final frame on fire. After Barnes opened the quarter
with a hook, the Raptors responded with a 16-0 run to take control of the
game. Martin connected on a three to open the flurry and James capped it with
a trey of his own to put Toronto up 94-87 with 7:45 left.
Sixteen seconds later, Webber finally stopped the bleeding, momentarily, with
a short hook.
But, the Sixers’ shoddy perimeter defense ensured that there would be no
comeback. Martin’s triple with 6:23 on the clock made the score 97-89.
Bonner’s three, with 5:10 remaining, gave Toronto its first 10-point cushion,
Charlie Villanueva’s alley-oop dunk, with 2:20 on the clock, gave the Raptors
their largest lead of the night, 109-93.
The Sixers took a slim 30-28 advantage after the first 12 minutes. The Raptors
responded and edged ahead at the half, 54-53. Bosh paced Toronto with 17
points at intermission while Webber had 13 for Philadelphia.
The Sixers regained the lead, 85-78, with an excellent third quarter.
Toronto was 10-of-25 from long range, Philadelphia was just 3-of-13…Webber
recorded his 30th double-double of the season…The Sixers are 19-14 at
the Wachovia Center this season…The Raptors snapped a three-game skid in