NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Philadelphia
(Friday, January 8th)
Final Score: Toronto 108, Philadelphia 106
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh had the go-ahead three-point play with 8.4 seconds left and finished with 29 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 108-106 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Bosh also had nine rebounds and six assists for the Raptors, who battled back from an 11-point halftime deficit to win for a third straight time. They have also won eight of their last nine games overall.
Andrea Bargnani ended with 23 points in the Toronto win.
Lou Williams had a team-high 23 points but missed a desperation three at the buzzer, as the Sixers lost their second in a row. Andre Iguodala missed a triple-double by an assist, ending with 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine helpers, while Allen Iverson had a season-high 22 points in the loss.
In a tight game down the stretch, Bargnani dunked with just over two minutes left to give the Raptors a 104-102 lead. After a couple misses, Bosh went to the line and sank 1-of-2.
Williams then got a pullup jumper to fall, bringing the Sixers within one with 1:09 on the clock. Each team failed on its next possession as time ticked down, with Toronto's Hedo Turkoglu missing a three with under half a minute to play. At the other end, Thaddeus Young's layup didn't fall, but Samuel Dalembert was there to follow and dunked to put the Sixers in front, 106-105, with 19.7 on the clock.
But Bosh rescued the Raptors, as he got into the lane defended by Dalembert, drove to the right and sank a looping right-handed hook shot. Bosh was fouled on the play, and though it appeared the whistle blew before he left the ground, officials counted the basket. He made the free throw for a two-point lead.
"We tried to get Chris and Hedo in a two-man game and they overplayed it," Raptors head coach Jay Triano said. "They had been trapping Hedo a lot but they didn't double, and Chris was able to get down low and get the basket."
With 8.4 seconds left, the Sixers still had a chance. Iverson had the ball, but was double-teamed and stumbled, and Williams' chaotic three from the top of the arc was well off the mark, sealing the Toronto win.
"Doubling him kind of put him in the hurry up," Williams said. "That obviously wasn't the play, the shot we got. Give them credit, they did a heck of a job getting him stopped."
Iverson scored 12 points in the first quarter to help the Sixers take a 32-23 lead after 12 minutes, and Philadelphia scored the last six points of the half to take a 60-49 edge at the break.
The Raptors got back in the game with an eight-point burst late in the third quarter. Sonny Weems began and ended the run with a jumper, as Toronto drew within 81-80.
Jrue Holiday sank a shot to cap the third and give the Sixers an 85-83 lead moving to the fourth, but Toronto erased its deficit with the first seven points of the final quarter. Bargnani had the last five in the run that put the Raptors up by five, and it was close the rest of the way.
Sixers forward Elton Brand did not play because of a stomach virus...Young ended with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Sixers, who got 10 points, 10 boards and five blocks from Dalembert...Bargnani and Bosh combined to go 20- for-36 from the field, making half of the Raptors' field goals...Philadelphia had 34 fastbreak points, and fell to 4-12 at home.
01/08 23:50:47 ET