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Bosh's 3-Point Play Seals The Deal For The Raptors
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Raptors 108 106 76ers
Anthony Laksmana
January 8, 2010
Wachovia Center
Philadelphia, PA

It was another close contest by the Raptors, who came up with key offensive baskets and defensive stops in the final minute of the game.

With less than a minute to play Andrea Bargnani came up with a huge block, his 3rd of the night, on a driving layup attempt by Andre Iguodala that would have given the 76ers the lead. Then a few seconds later with no double-team in sight, Chris Bosh drove right to the basket for a right-handed layup and the foul on Sam Dalembert. Bosh was able to convert the 3-point play which sealed the game for the Raps.


The Raptors came out very slow out of the gate, trailing the 76ers in each of the first 3 quarters. It wasn't until the beginning of the 4th quarter when the Raptors turned the game into their favour.

Both Bargnani and Bosh came up big for the Raptors in the final frame, taking advantage of the matchups they had with Thaddeus Young and Sam Dalembert. Bargnani used his size over the 6'8" Young while Bosh used his quickness on Dalembert, who eventually fouled out of the game on the last Raptors' possession.


DeMar DeRozan, who was matched up against Allen Iverson in the early stages of the game, used his size and athleticism to score some easy buckets in the 76ers paint. He took it to the basket early and often; six of the seven field goals were either layups or dunks.

The rookie swingman finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds in 24 minutes of action. This marks the fourth time in five games DeRozan scored in double-digits for the Raptors, who remain unbeaten when he does so.


"We are concentrating more on getting stops. This was a tough game for us. This team runs a lot, and when you know someone is faster than you, you probably arent gong to win the race. We competed a lot more in the second half than we did in the first half and stopped then form getting second chance points and got back and made them fight for everything in the short court."

- Jay Triano on what has been the key as of late for your team.


Sun., Jan. 12 vs Boston
1:00 PM ET (TSN, FAN 590)

The Raptors (19-18) try to avenge a disappointing road loss when they fell 103-96 to the Celtics last Saturday. The Atlantic Division leading Celtics were without three of their top stars in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo and were on a season-high 3-game losing streak. The Raptors, who had their own streak of 5 straight wins snapped, failed to capitalize and were outworked and outhustled by a hungier, more focused team. Chris Bosh had another stellar performance for the Raptors, scoring 25 points on 11-15 shooting while grabbing 9 boards.

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The Numbers
13 Fast break points by the 76ers in the first quarter alone.
10-0 Raptors' record when DeMar DeRozan scores 10 or more points.
22 Points by Allen Iverson, a season high.
9 Total blocked shots by Andrea Bargnani in the past 3 games.
6 Turnovers by Chris Bosh, 15 total by the team.
They Said It...
Andrea Bargnani "I wanted to give him as much space as possible. I was surprised they didn't double-team him because they were going with two guys all game long on CB. That last bucket was unbelievable, with his right hand."- Andrea Bargnani on Bosh's 3-point play.
Allen Iverson "I think at this point, just with all of the basketball that Ive played in my career and being around so many teams, at this point its mental. Thats the only way I could sum the whole thing up. It starts to get in your head once you get a lead. Thats the bad part about whats going on now; its that we jump out to a lead and we cant hold them." - Allen Iverson, on why his team can't finish close games.
Chris Bosh "If you want to double-team at the end of the game it is a tough decision and could go either way. Sammy Dalembert is a tough defender and I had to take what he was giving me." - Chris Bosh on not being double-teamed.