Monday , Apr , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors end long, dirty skid

(Sports Network) – Toronto posted just its fifth sellout of the season on
Friday, but the price of admission was certainly worth it in a game featuring
two teams on the opposite side of the NBA spectrum.

Mike James recorded 20 of his career-high 39 points in the fourth quarter to
help Toronto end a 10-game losing streak with a 108-103 triumph over the
powerful Detroit Pistons on Friday.

Toronto, which hadn’t won since March 24 against Minnesota, got 20 points from
Morris Peterson and 15 by Charlie Villanueva. The losing streak was the
longest since Toronto dropped 12 in a row from December 18, 2002 – January
10, 2003.

The improbable win over the Eastern Conference’s top seed was made possible by
James, who won a title with Detroit in 2004. James is expected to opt out
his contract this summer and become a free agent and is averaging 32.0
points, 6.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds over his last five games.

James and the Raptors were out playoff contention months ago, but can play the
role of spoiler on their upcoming schedule. Toronto will host the Pacers on
Monday before battling the Bulls on Wednesday.

Indiana and Chicago are in a tightly-contested race with Washington and
Milwaukee for spots five through eight in the conference playoffs.

The Raptors, meanwhile, are 1-5 in their last six games at the Air Canada
Centre. They own a 15-25 record at home this season.

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