NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Toronto
(Friday, March 20th)
Final Score: Charlotte 102, Toronto 89
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Boris Diaw equaled a season-high with 30 points, while Gerald Wallace matched that total as the Bobcats continued their push for a playoff spot with a 102-89 win over the Toronto Raptors.
Wallace also had nine rebounds and eight assists, and Raymond Felton totaled 14 points and seven assists for the Bobcats, who pulled within a game of Chicago for the final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference. The Bobcats, now in their fifth season, have never been to the playoffs.
The Bobcats have won three straight after a three-game slide.
Chris Bosh used great free throw shooting to score 35 points and also pulled down seven rebounds, but the Raptors lost for the ninth time in 10 games. Bosh made his first 18 foul shots, finishing 19-of-20 at the charity stripe. Andrea Bargnani had 27 points in defeat, while Jose Calderon totaled eight points and 11 assists.
Bargnani's short jumper had Toronto within 71-68 with nearly 1 1/2 minutes left in the third, but Wallace then took over with eight straight points in a little over a minute and the Bobcats moved to an 82-70 cushion going to the fourth.
"He's been phenomenal, he's been a warrior," Bobcats coach Larry Brown said of Wallace. "We have a lot of guys who are playing at a really high level. I'm really proud of them. They do everything we ask."
Diaw accounted for the opening six points of the fourth and the Bobcats weren't threatened the rest of the way.
"We didn't do a very good job of dribble penetration from all spots," said Raptors coach Jay Triano. "Every wing possession from the top, they got past us. They just posted us up and this team got the ball inside."
The Bobcats netted 14 of the game's first 18 points and carried a 33-24 lead into the second.
Bosh made all 12 of his free throws in the second quarter, helping the Raptors get within 52-50 at the half. Toronto finished the period on a 22-8 spurt.
The teams split four meetings this season...This was just the third win for Charlotte in the last nine meetings at Air Canada Centre...Charlotte held a 20-4 advantage in the paint...Bosh tied the franchise record by making 12 foul shots in the second.
03/20 23:03:48 ET