Bibby Shines, Raptors Survive in OT
Toronto 124, Sacramento 123
TORONTO, Jan. 29 (Ticker) -- Jalen Rose struggled through four quarters. But he needed just one shot in overtime to fix it all.
Rose scored just 13 points, including the game-winning basket with four-tenths of a second remaining in overtime as the Toronto Raptors snapped a four-game losing streak with a 124-123 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
The Raptors responded by scoring the next seven points, with Morris Peterson's two free throws making it 122-121 before Bibby put the Kings back in front with a jumper over Mike James with 11 seconds remaining.
"Tonight is a big win for us because we scrapped it out, dove for loose balls and did the little things to help us win," said Peterson, who scored 23 points.
"Being home, we had a chance early to put the game away, but they (Sacramento) came back," James said. "We continued to fight, even when we were down by six with two minutes to go. We just didn't give up."
That set the stage for Rose, who drained a shot from the left corner in the final second. The Kings had a chance to win the game, but Bibby missed a rushed jumper at the buzzer.
"The good lord was looking down on me because I had missed X amount of my previous shots," said Rose, who made just 4-of-14 shots from the field. "I thought about taking the (3-point shot), but when you're 0-for-5, you try to get a better look."
"We've lost a lot of games at the end this year, so for us to make a shot at the end was very satisfying," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "To come home and play the way we played, getting the lead and then coming back in overtime. It's nice to win, especially at home."
Ron Artest's two free throws gave Sacramento a one-point edge in the fourth quarter before Peterson's layup with 31 seconds left made it 111-110. The Kings had a chance to take the lead, but Bosh blocked Bibby's shot with eight seconds remaining.
"That's a tough loss," said Sacramento coach Rick Adelman, whose team finished 1-5 on its six-game road trip. "It's very disappointing to have lost that game, the last game of the trip."
After James - who scored 22 points - split a pair of free throws, Artest scored on a layup with 3.2 seconds left to forge a 112-112 tie. James missed a jumper in regulation as time expired.
Bosh had 21 points and nine rebounds and rookie Charlie Villanueva added 18 points for Toronto, which shot 46 percent (45-of-97) from the field and made 10-of-23 3-pointers.
Bibby scored 42 points and Artest contributed 24 and nine rebounds for the Kings, who shot 49 percent (39-of-79) overall.
"I would rather get a win than anything," said Bibby, who made 15-of-32 shots overall. "Ron played well and is a tough player who leaves it all on the court."