Raptors top Sixers
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh scored 23 points, grabbed 13
rebounds and had four steals to lift Toronto over Philadelphia, 94-85, at the
Anthony Parker, T.J. Ford and Juan Dixon each poured in 12 points, while Ford
also had six assists for the Raptors, who have won five of six and have a shot
to clinch their first division title in franchise history.
With six games remaining, the Raptors have a seven-game lead over second-
place New Jersey in the Atlantic Division. Toronto will win the first division
crown in the team’s 12-year history if the Nets lose to Chicago on Friday.
Besides playing for a division crown, Toronto is trying to hold off Miami for
third place in the East standings. A No. 3 seed would likely pit the Raptors
against Washington in the first round, while a fourth seed would mean a
matchup with Cleveland or Chicago.
Andre Iguodala had a team-high 20 points, while grabbing seven boards and
dishing out seven assists for Philadelphia. The squad has dropped three of
five and sits in 11th place in the East, four games back of Orlando for the
eighth and final playoff spot.
Samuel Dalembert finished with 15 points, Willie Green had 12 and Andre Miller
chipped in with 10 points and 11 assists for the Sixers.
Philadelphia held the advantage early on, but watched its four-point lead
quickly evaporate as Toronto used a 13-4 run to grab a 21-16 lead with 1:12
remaining in the first.
The Raptors held a 23-18 lead after the first quarter, then forged ahead and
took a seven-point lead on a Kris Humphries jumper at 10:05 in the second.
Philadelphia responded with a 9-2 burst to tie it up at 29, and the game
remained tight as both teams continued to battle down the stretch. The Sixers
held a 46-45 lead at intermission.
Miller’s shot off the glass put Philadelphia up, 52-47, with 8:54 remaining
in the third. Toronto battled back, however, eventually tying the game at 58
before a 10-3 run put them on top 73-61. Parker’s trey capped the rally, and
the Raptors carried the 12-point edge into the fourth.
It was nearly all Toronto in the fourth, as Joey Graham’s jumper gave the
Raptors a 79-64 advantage with 9:39 remaining. Philadelphia made it a six-
point game, 88-82, inside of three minutes to play, before both sides traded a
shot from the line.
The Sixers never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
The Raptors lead the season series 3-0. These teams conclude the regular
season against each other on April 18 in Toronto…Graham and Humphries each
finished with 10 points for Toronto…The Raptors shot 47 percent in the
contest…Philadelphia made 43 percent of its shots…Steven Hunter had 10
rebounds for the Sixers.