Raptors Ride Bosh’s Big-Time Fourth
Toronto 121, Seattle 113
SEATTLE, Jan. 20 (Ticker) -- Impressive shooting by Chris Bosh and the Toronto Raptors spoiled Ray Allen's welcome-back party.
Bosh sank all 17 free throws, scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Raptors to a 121-113 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics, who have lost four straight games.
"My percentage has been up and I've really been concentrating on my free throws," said Bosh, who broke Vince Carter's franchise record of 13 free throws without a miss. "I realized I hadn't missed and so I tried to get to the line as much as possible. I always tell myself to have a clear mind before I shoot it."
"Bosh is a great player, but he only got six field goals and 17 free throws," Seattle coach Bob Hill said. "He's a tough matchup for us."
Averaging 24.2 points in his last 10 contests, Bosh felt the Raptors did an outstanding job of taking advantage of open shots from long range.
"They do a good job of clogging the lane, so we have to make the right pass," Bosh said. "We have guys on the corner who can really shoot the ball."
After Rashard Lewis hit a 3-pointer to give Seattle a 111-111 tie with 2:45 remaining, Bosh beat the shot clock with a turnaround jumper from the left elbow to give Toronto the lead for good with 1:25 to go.
"I thought all the guys played well," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "The young guys played well when we had to give other guys rest."
Playing for the first time after a three-game suspension for a fight with Orlando's Keyon Dooling, Allen missed a right-side jumper with 1:08 left. On Toronto's next possession, Lewis fouled Bosh, who made both free throws for a 115-111 edge with 39 seconds remaining.
"Three games seemed like an eternity," Allen said. "We've just got to work harder every night and hopefully we will get on a roll. It just seems like we are having some bad luck right now."
Allen missed a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left before fouling Jalen Rose, who went 2-of-2 from the line with 29 seconds to play.
"It felt good to be out there and hear your name called," said Rose, who made his first start since Dec. 3. "They had 20 more shots than we did, but we did a good job of keeping the turnovers low and knocking down open looks when we had them. We did a better job in the second half of playing defense."
After Allen made a layup with 22 seconds remaining, Rose and Morris Peterson combined to hit four free throws and give Toronto its first win at Seattle since March 9, 2001.
Rose made 9-of-12 shots and scored 28 points. Peterson added 18 points and Mike James 17 for the Raptors, who committed just eight turnovers. Lewis scored 25 points, Allen added 24 and Luke Ridnour 17 for the SuperSonics, who fell to 2-7 under Hill.
"That one was tough," Hill said. "We got plenty of shots at the basket, we win the boards, we shoot 44 percent from three, we had 25 assists and only eight turnovers, and we couldn't keep them off the foul line."