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Raptors Rally In OT To Sink Sixers In Philadelphia
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SCORE RECAP PHOTOS VIDEOS
FINAL SCORE
RAPTORS 128 123 SIXERS
Jay Satur
April 3, 2010
Wachovia Center
Philadelphia, PA

Monday's win was big with regards to the post-season for the Raptors, who end a three-game slide and move a full game ahead of idle Chicago. Toronto enters Tuesday two full games behind Charlotte for seventh in the Eastern Conference and now holds the tiebreaker over Charlotte in head-to-head play, just as they do with Chicago.

A loss could have meant waking up in ninth place on Wednesday. Instead, the Raptors have the opportunity for one last push up the standings with six of their final nine games coming against teams with losing records.

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IT WAS OVER WHEN...

The Raptors coughed up a 17-point advantage by the end of the fourth quarter, but prevailed by regaining their touch offensively in a wild back-and-forth OT period.

With a Chris Bosh layup putting Toronto ahead 124-122 with 1:55 to play, Samuel Dalembert missed the second of two free throws the other way. Bosh countered with a driving bank shot to put the Raptors up three, Andre Iguodala missed a very quick three-pointer at the other end and Jarrett Jack hit a pair of free throws to ice it for a third straight Raptors win.

THE GAME CHANGER

Bosh was closing in on triple-double territory with 28 points (including 12-of-13 from the free throw line), 11 rebounds and seven assists on the afternoon in a performance that really didn't start strong.

His first quarter was quiet with no field goal attempts, two free throws, two turnovers and a foul in 10 minutes, but he picked it up from there. Bosh was effective in the middle two frames with 11 points in the second quarter and another seven in the third, but truly came up big in OT with the go-ahead layup and extended the lead to three on his banker with 29.7 seconds to play.

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

Sonny Weems may not have seen the floor much in the fourth quarter or overtime, but the Raptors probably didn't have a shot at victory without him. In his 12th start of the season, Weems scored 18 points on nine-for-11 shooting from the floor with five boards and two assists.

He jumped out to a quick start with six first-quarter points, but scored 10 in the first 8:10 of the third to push Toronto ahead by 15. Weems has now shot 50% or better in five straight games, averaging 12.2 points per game in that span.

THAT'S A RAP

"We broke the press and instead of breaking it to score we broke it to break it and then you're fighting the shot clock. We've got to break presses to score and make them pay for it. We didn't do that. We were cautious with it -- which is what you have to do, you have to look after the basketball -- but then we get so cautious that we didn't even take care of the ball. But we found a way to come back and we broke it later on, we were more aggressive and that's when we scored."

- Head coach Jay Triano on the win.

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Sun., April 4 vs. Golden State Warriors
6:00 PM ET (TSN, FAN590)

GAME NOTES:
The Raptors are right back at it on Sunday afternoon when they return to Air Canada Centre for a date with the Warriors (22-53). Toronto dropped the first matchup of the season 124-112 in Oakland in the third game of a woeful winless West Coast road trip back on March 13. The Warriors continue to miss six regulars from their lineup due to illness and injury, but Anthony Morrow (35 points vs. the Knicks on Friday) and Reggie Williams (23 points) can easily pick up the slack.

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The Numbers
56.2% Field goal percentage for the Raptors in Friday's win -- just edging the 55.6% for the 76ers
7 Raptors scoring in double-figures on Saturday
42-27 Rebounding totals favouring the Raptors
35 Points scored off 20 Raptors turnovers. Toronto scored 17 points off 12 Philly giveaways
15 Fourth-quarter points for Toronto, versus 36 in the third quarter
They Said It...
Antoine Wright "I don’t know what he was thinking. He’s a great player. He did everything he could tonight but I think maybe he just rushed his shot."
- Antoine Wright on Iguodala's final attempt.
Elton Brand "They might have needed it more but, we definitely wanted that win more."
- Elton Brandon the loss.
Chris Bosh "They (Sixers) gave us a different look and you have to give credit to their defence, they changed it up. They changed up their looks and they went small, and then we started struggling and it took us awhile to respond."
- Chris Bosh on nearly losing.