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Bosh Caps Milestone Night With Game-Winner vs. Hawks
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Mike Ulmer
March 17, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

Not too tough. Chris Bosh's fallaway jumper with 2.9 seconds left gave the Raptors their 106-105 victory. Earlier Bosh became the first Raptor to score 10,000 points. The night wasn't vintage Chris Bosh, he scored only 14 points on six-for-19 shooting in 33 minutes of court time.

"We put Turk in a high-screen earlier with CB setting it to see if they could exploit something and they switched it; so the second time we just went directly to the post-up," said Jay Triano following the win. "He (Bosh) wanted the basketball and we gave it to him."


Jamal Crawford had 33 points (14-25 FGM-A) but only nine from long distance. Atlanta was hot from beyond the arc and hit 61 per cent on 11-for-18 shooting.

It was a strong performance in a loss for the Hawks, who were playing their second game in as many nights without star guard Joe Johnson. Al Horford had the next best total with 18 points.


Hedo Turkoglu scored 16 points and added five boards, three assists and two steals, but his biggest contribution came on a miss.

The Raptors were down two with 14 seconds left when Turkoglu drove and drew a foul. He hit the first freebie and flubbed the second. Amir Johnson battled for the rebound with Marvin Williams, but the Atlanta forward stepped on the end line during the melee under the basket. That set up Bosh's winning shot.


"They made some great shots. We were sitting there trying to figure out what we can do more; we trapped (Jamal) Crawford, we had hands up on him, we had our tallest guys on him and he was still making shots. But our big thing was don't give them second chances and to only have seven offensive rebounds and six second chance points; we take that every night and we then we also looked after the ball extremely well."

- head coach Jay Triano on the effort.


Fri., March 19 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
7 PM ET (TSN, FAN590)

The Raptors conclude a mini two-game homestand with a visit from Kevin Durant and the surging Oklahoma City Thunder. The Raptors had a difficult time handling the up-and-down game of the athletic Thunder in their 119-99 loss in OKC on Feb. 28. The Thunder have been red hot, winning 17 of their past 21 games, but they're coming off a 100-92 road loss to the Bobcats on Wednesday that saw them surrender a 19-point lead.

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The Numbers
5-5 The Raptors' record all-time on St. Patrick's Day
5 Season low number of turnover for Toronto vs. Atlanta on Wednesday
35:21 Career-high in minutes for DeMar DeRozan on Wednesday
9 Number of double-doubles for Andrea Bargnani this season
10,011 Career point-total for Chris Bosh after becoming the first Raptor to eclipse 10,000 with 14 points on Wednesday
They Said It...
Mike Woodson They made runs and got back in it. A big block at the end, he misses a free-throw, that's fundamentals. You put your body on a guy, you block him out and you rebound the ball. That's just part of the breaks."
- Hawks head coach Mike Woodson, on the loss.
Chris Bosh "I'm just glad it went in. I shot it with confidence and there wasn't a doubt in my mind that it wasn't going in. I'm just glad it gave us the go ahead to win the game… I knew right when I saw I said if I touch the ball I'm shooting it with not too much time on the clock."
- Chris Bosh on the game-winner.
Hedo Turkoglu "He saved my night. Amir has done a great job all year long and tonight he showed his hustle again and helped us to get a win.
- Hedo Turkoglu on Amir Johnson's big play off his missed free throw.