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Bosh Comes Up Big In Career Game No. 500
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Jay Satur
March 20, 2010
IZOD Center
East Rutherford, NJ

After a turnover-loaded first half, the Raptors trailed the Nets 51-48 at halftime and found themselves down seven points quickly after the break. But largely based on the play of an inspired Chris Bosh, the Raptors outscored their Atlantic division rivals 32-15 for the remainder of the frame.

The result was the Raptors' first-ever four-game season series sweep of the Nets and a rare road win to close out a back-to-back.


Career game number 500 for Chris Bosh didn't look to be all that memorable as he uncharacteristically coughed it up five times in the first half.

But CB4 got hot in the third with 15 points on a variety of jumpers and drives, including a notably nasty baseline reverse cram over Brook Lopez. Bosh went on to score 23 of his game-high 36 points in the second half in probably his sharpest performance since his return from an ankle injury.


Antoine Wright was cited as a pre-game motivator for Bosh's monster night, but the swingman clearly took some of his own advice to heart.

In his return from a two-game absence with due to a sore ankle, Wright brought solid energy off the bench with 11 points (4-8 FGM-A), four rebounds, two steals and two blocks in just under 22 minutes of work.


"I think we had good energy on defense. I think the Nets went 13-of-30 in the second half. We were much more focused on the defensive end. Despite giving up some offensive rebounds, we were hungry for the ball. We were aiming at getting two or three stops in a row and we were able to do that. It’s something we have to grow on. For the most part, on defense, I think we disrupted the Nets with some changes and some trapping once in a while... We tried to change things up and keep our guys on their toes and the Nets off balanced"

- Head coach Jay Triano on the win.


Mon., March 22 @ Minnesota Timberwolves
8:00 PM ET (TSN2, FAN590)

The Raptors try and get back above the .500 mark and gain ground in the playoff hunt when they visit the Timberwolves, who sit last in the Western Conference and have lost 12 straight entering Monday's contest at the Target Center. The Raptors capitalized on a late collapse against the Timberwolves at ACC back on Dec. 8 and pulled out a 94-88 win, with all five starters scoring at least 15 points. Toronto has won the last 11 matchups overall against the Timberwolves, including five straight wins in Minneapolis.

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The Numbers
20-0 The Raptors' record when holding their opponent to under 100 points.
63 Number of starts for DeMar DeRozan this season, tying Chris Bosh for the third-most by a Raptors rookie.
48-38 Points in the paint total favouring the Raptors.
39.8 Overall shooting percentage for the Nets.
8 Raptors team-high rebounding total shared by Chris Bosh and Jarrett Jack.
They Said It...
Jay Triano "I think all of us expended a lot of energy in the first half and they couldn’t contain Bosh. I think we did a really good job on Bargnani and Turkoglu. It was their other guys Antoine Wright, Jarrett Jack, and Sonny Weems that came in and hit shots on us.”
- Nets interim head coach Kiki Vandeweghe, on the loss.
Chris Bosh "We didn’t bring in the necessary energy we needed. But we didn’t get discouraged. We kept playing hard. Andrea struggled offensively, but he gave us some good minutes on the defensive end."
- Chris Bosh on the second half.
Reggie Evans "Sometimes we play down to our competition. But this was a good win for us not to play to the level of our competition."
- Reggie Evans on the bounce back effort.