Bosh, Raptors Top Nets For Second Straight
Toronto 95, New Jersey 82
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Dec. 3 (Ticker) -- Chris Bosh lifted the Toronto Raptors to their first set of back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Bosh scored a season-high 29 points and snared 13 rebounds as the Raptors won on consecutive nights for the first time in five years with a 95-82 victory over the New Jersey Nets.
"We knew eventually we were going to turn a corner," said Bosh, who was just 16 years the last time Toronto accomplished the feat. "Some teams tend to get tired on the back-to-back, but we didn't do that."
Bosh scored 20 points in the first half and Toronto led by as many as 10 points late in the third quarter. But New Jersey rallied to an 80-80 tie on a three-point play by Richard Jefferson with 4:11 remaining.
Rookie point guard Jose Calderon responded with a layup, and then found Morris Peterson for a wide-open 3-pointer from the corner on the next possession for an 85-80 advantage with 3:24 left.
"We've been telling (Calderon) to attack the basket. For him to come down and get a layup and get us back the lead was big for us," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said.
Bosh split a pair of free throws before sealing the victory on a tip shot with 1:20 to play.
"They came back, but we didn't get down on each other," said Bosh, who made 7-of-17 from the field. "We just worried about the next play and then Mo (Peterson) hit a big three."
Peterson scored a season-high 24 points and rookie Charlie Villanueva scored 12 for the Raptors, who shot 43 percent (29-of-67) from the floor. Calderon added eight points in his third start of the season.
"We got off to a bad start," Bosh said. "We've been in a lot of games where we've been up in the last five minutes and let it slip away. No one is going to feel sorry for you in this league. We have to get ourselves out of it."
Jason Kidd scored 17 points and Jefferson and Vince Carter had 15 each for the Nets, who scored just 32 points on 33 percent (12-of-36) shooting in a dismal second half.
"We weren't the basketball team we were in the last three or four games," said Carter, who left briefly in the third period after injuring his right ankle. "As a team, we were lackadaisical out there. Hopefully, this is a wake up call."
"We got thoroughly outcoached and outplayed and we got what we deserved," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "We're coming off a loss and it is very disappointing that this is the best that we can muster."