ATLANTA, March 26 (Ticker) -- Chris Bosh
wrapped up a productive weekend
and helped keep alive the postseason hopes of the Toronto
Bosh scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Raptors
opened a five-game road trip with a 109-104 victory over the
lowly Atlanta Hawks.
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In beating the Hawks for the 11th time in 14 meetings, the
Raptors (29-40) moved within 5 1/2 games of the Philadelphia
76ers for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth with 13 to
"We're trying to finish the season with some private goals to
shoot for," Raptors forward Jalen Rose
said. "Obviously, the
playoffs (are) the No. 1 (goal). But you still have to go out
there and play and improve."
came off the bench to score 14 first-half points,
including consecutive 3-pointers early in the second quarter,
and the Hawks shot 60 percent (24-of-40) from the floor to take
a 59-53 halftime lead.
But the Hawks, who have surrendered a second-half advantage at
home in their last four contests, let Toronto back in the game
in the third period.
"We had a big lead in the second quarter and we just got
complacent," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "We took some
ill-advised shots. Defensively, we were trading buckets. This
is not a team you can trade buckets with."
Bosh, who had 24 points and 22 rebounds in Friday's loss at
Philadelphia, led five scorers in double figures. Playing in
front of his Georgia Tech coach, Paul Hewitt, Bosh tallied 10 in
the third quarter and capped a 12-3 run with a running jumper
that put Toronto on top, 71-68, with 4:37 left.
"I'm just glad we won," Bosh said. "I had a good game last
night, but it didn't pay off because we didn't win. To have a
good game and win at the same time, it's a double bonus."
"Bosh was a tough stop all night," Hawks guard Tyronn Lue
"He was very creative in the paint."
The teams traded the lead three times in the fourth quarter
before Toronto closed with a 12-5 spurt. Morris Peterson
a 3-pointer with 3:43 remaining, giving the Raptors the lead
for good, 100-99.
"I think that was a big shot," Peterson said. "I got the ball
in the corner and knocked it down. It came down to a couple of
plays and I thought that play really turned the game around."
Also helping Toronto's cause was Atlanta's inability to make a
shot down the stretch. The Hawks were held to two baskets in the
final four minutes.
"We were down two points with a minute to go," Atlanta forward
said. "We couldn't get a bucket. For the most
part, we played the right way. But we didn't make any shots.
It's that simple. We gave ourselves a chance to win."
Rose scored 26 points, Peterson added 14 and Rafer Alston 12 for
Toronto, which avenged a 116-112 home overtime loss to Atlanta
on March 11.
Delk scored 21 points, rookies Josh Smith
and Josh Childress
added 19 apiece and Childress grabbed 10 rebounds for the Hawks
(11-58), who have lost eight in a row and eight straight at