Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors heating up north of the border

(Sports Network) – Things were looking pretty bleak last month for the Toronto
Raptors, but they kept cracking away and have been on the winning end of more
decisions recently.

The Raptors dropped six in a row from November 10 – 20, but rebounded with
five wins over their next seven games. Toronto has won two straight on
consecutive nights for the first time since February and opened a three-game
road trip with a 103-100 victory over New York at Madison Square Garden.

Leading scorer Chris Bosh had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead Toronto,
while T.J. Ford added 20 points and 10 assists in the win. Top draft pick
Andrea Bargnani chipped in 11 points for Toronto, which is a far cry from its
2-8 start to the new season. Bargnani averaged 11 minutes and 5.2 points per
game over the first 10 games of the season, but has averaged more than 26
minutes and 12 points through the last seven contests.

“I just understand that there’s two people who are going to have the ball,
either me or Chris (Bosh) and one of us has to make a play,” Ford added after
Toronto’s win over the Knicks.

Toronto is now a half game behind the New Jersey Nets in the Atlantic Division
despite its 7-10 record. It will resume its road trip against Cleveland on
Wednesday before taking a trip to Chicago on Friday.

The Raptors are just 2-8 away from the Air Canada Centre this season.