Chris Bosh's most productive offensive stretch of the season has helped the Toronto Raptors to one of their most successful runs of 2007-08.
Bosh and the surging Raptors look to win their third in a row, while trying to sweep a season series from the Philadelphia 76ers for the first time when the teams meet Saturday night at the Wachovia Center.
Bosh scored 35 points, shot 12-for-18 from the field and had nine rebounds in Toronto's 89-78 home win over Atlanta on Friday night. The victory was the fifth in the last six contests for the Raptors (22-18), and the fourth time in five games Bosh has topped the 30-point mark.
Fully recovered from a groin injury that forced him to miss five games earlier in the season, Bosh - the team leader with 22.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game - is averaging 32.0 points and 10.8 rebounds while shooting 58.2 percent in his last five games.
"He just feels that if he can get the ball right now, he is going to score,'' Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said.
Bosh has also been solid in three victories against Philadelphia (15-25) this season, averaging 20.3 points, including 21 in Toronto's 109-96 home win over the 76ers on Jan. 9 - the teams' most recent contest.
"Everything is just opening up for me,'' said Bosh, who also dealt with foot and knee problems prior to the season. "I'm finally at 100 percent. It's been a tough stretch for me but I just kept playing and kept pushing through it."
Bosh, who started his impressive run with 40 points in a 99-90 win at New York on Jan. 11, now has a chance to score 30 or more points in three straight games for the first time in his career.
He had some help Friday as Anthony Parker added 18 points for the Raptors, who held an opponent to fewer than 80 points for the eighth time this season.
Parker, who had 22 points in each of the last two meetings with Philadelphia, is averaging 17.1 points in his last seven games - well above his 11.6 season mark.
Toronto, which looks for its eighth win in nine games against the 76ers, has also won four in a row at Philadelphia.
The 76ers lost 116-89 at Boston on Friday, three nights after they won 111-107 at Houston to snap a season-high seven-game losing streak.
Andre Iguodala had 17 points, while Samuel Dalembert had 12 and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia, which led 57-54 at halftime, but committed a season-high 23 turnovers and was held to fewer than 90 points for the second time in three games.
The 76ers are among the lowest-scoring teams in the NBA, averaging 93.5 points per game.
"We had 85 points with five minutes left. We ended up with 89,'' said Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks, whose team shot 57 percent in the first half and 30 percent in the second.
Iguodala is averaging 21.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in the three games versus Toronto this season.
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