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Bosh Lifts Raptors Over Kings Late At ACC
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Nets 104 115 Raptors
Jay Satur
February 7, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

The Raptors were outscored by the Kings in the middle two quarters and found themselves trailing late in the third after back-to-back-to-back triples from Kings forward Donte Green.

But the Raptors found another gear in the fourth, battling back to tie the game at 96-96 and then outscoring the Kings 19-8 in the game's final six minutes. Yes, the Raps surrendered a lead in the third to a "weaker" opponent, but their resilience in fourth quarters is becoming a valuable asset.


Chris Bosh was phenomenal in the fourth quarter for Toronto and had absolutely no intentions of letting a victory slip away. Twelve of his game-high 36 points came in the final frame, when he also pulled down five of his game-high 11 rebounds.

And It was Bosh who sparked the decisive run in the game's final seven minutes -- drilling a 10-foot jumper to go up 96-95 before denying Jason Thompson with a sensational block.


Antoine Wright was another valuable fourth-quarter contributor on both sides of the ball in Sunday's victory. The swingman scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth and his only miss from the field in seven tries came on a missed three-pointer in the dying seconds.

Perhaps more impressive however, was his stingy defence on potent Kings rookie Tyreke Evans (3-8 FGM-A), who finished with just 11 points overall and was blanked in the last 12 minutes of play.


"We stayed with our traditional stuff and then midway through the fourth or whenever we think we need it, we make the adjustment that we have been making. We were able to get guys on the floor that we wanted on the floor because we had foul trouble early, but we wanted Antoine (Wright) on the floor and we wanted him guarding Tyreke (Evans) as much as we could at the end of the game."

- Jay Triano on his team's play defensively


Wed., Feb. 10 vs. 76ers
7:00 PM ET (TSN2, FAN 590)

The Raptors (28-23) aim to extend their red-hot play at ACC with a win in their final game before the All-Star break against the 76ers (19-31). The Sixers have won four straight games and boast one of the better road records in the East at 11-15. Toronto escaped the Wachovia Center with a memorable 108-106 win in the season series opener on Jan. 8, as Chris Bosh converted a three-point play with seconds remaining.

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The Numbers
7 Number of seasons in franchise history that the Raptors have won at least 19 homes games
3-4 The Raptors' all-time record on Super Bowl Sunday
16 Consecutive games with at least 100 points scored for Toronto, a franchise-high
36-15 Fast break point totals favouring the Kings
31 Number of games Chris Bosh has at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, which leads the NBA
They Said It...
Hedo Turkoglu "If I get hit, it could keep me out longer than expected. I don't need to be stupid or be a hero about it. I just have to put it on and try and do the best I can."
- Hedo Turkoglu on wearing the mask
Paul Westphal "We shot 56 per cent, we did a good job on the boards, we did a lot better job with our turnovers, but we couldn't finish the deal and it was primarily because we couldn't get the stops we needed.”
- Kings head coach Paul Westphal on his team's loss
Chris Bosh "Most of the time when I am sitting down in the post, guys are going to double. I think we have a lot of weapons and we're really starting to get our chemistry right. They double-team, the ball gets them moved and we have three-point shooters.”
- Chris Bosh on the fourth quarter