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Raptors Get The Comeback Win Against The 76ers

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January 8, 2010

PHILADELPHIA (CP) - Chris Bosh made the go-ahead three-point play with 8.4 seconds left, and had 29 points and nine rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 108-106 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points to help the Raptors rally from a 13-point hole and win their third straight game.

Bosh was fouled by Sixers centre Samuel Dalembert on a drive to the basket and made the twisting, off-balance layup. He sank the free throw for a 108-106 lead.

Lou Williams' last-chance three-pointer was off the mark and the Sixers dropped to 4-12 at home. Sixers forward Elton Brand missed the game with a stomach virus.

Before the game, Sixers team president Ed Stefanski refused to say coach Eddie Jordan's job was safe for the rest of the season with the team off to a 10-25 start.

Andre Iguodala fell just shy of a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Williams scored 23 points and Allen Iverson had a season-high 22.

Young's driving layup late in the fourth rolled off the front of the rim, but a charging Dalembert was there for the dunk that gave the Sixers a 106-105 lead.

Bosh finished off the Sixers from the inside after the Raptors rallied from the outside.

It's losses like this one that have Stefanski refusing to endorse Jordan.

The 76ers wasted an 18-point lead in a loss to Gilbert Arenas and the Wizards on Tuesday. They watched an 11-point halftime lead evaporate against the Raptors in the third quarter.

The Raptors, who have made a three-pointer in 897 straight games, hit their first ones of the game in the third on back-to-back threes from Jarrett Jack and Bargnani that sliced the deficit under 10.

Marco Belinelli capped an 11-3 run with his first three of the game that tied the game at 83-all.

Jrue Holiday's baseline jumper helped send the Sixers into the fourth with small lead. It wouldn't last long.

The only surprise was how long it took the Raptors to start making threes after an 0-for-5 first half. The Sixers are last in the NBA in three-point defence, allowing teams to shoot a whopping 42 per cent against them.

The Raptors finished 5-for-15 on threes - but each one in the second half did in the Sixers.

Stefanski held the entire organization accountable for a slide that has left the Sixers with the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference entering the games.

"It's not just the head coach," Stefanski said before tip-off. "It's the coaches, the players and myself. No one is happy here."

Stefanski, who has yet to turn the Sixers into Eastern Conference contenders in two-plus seasons as president and general manager, took some of the blame for the woeful start.

"If you're looking at the record, I haven't done a real good job so far," he said.

Jordan might be running out of time to get the Sixers turned around.

"We're not getting the job done and we're going to have to get it done," Stefanski said.

NOTES: Iverson returns to Detroit on Saturday for the first time since leaving them over the summer. Iverson was unhappy with being reduced to a bench player and missed most of the second half of the season with a back injury. ... Jordan and Stefanski refused to comment on the team's rules on gambling on team flights. "Whatever the NBA tells us, we'll follow the rules," Stefanski said. "I'm sure the commissioner is thinking and talking about it, but I have no mandate or anything from him."