NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Charlotte
(Saturday, December 10th)
Final Score: Toronto 111, Charlotte 103
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh netted a season-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Toronto to a 111-103 victory at Charlotte.
Mike James added 22 points while Charlie Villanueva had 19 along with nine boards off the bench for the Raptors, who have now won three of their last five games.
"Our guys played well tonight," Toronto head coach Sam Mitchell remarked. "Chris really was tough taking the ball to the basket."
Brevin Knight topped six Bobcat players in double figures with 20 points and dished out 12 assists, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Jumaine Jones finished with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting in defeat.
Charlotte, which has lost seven straight, played most of the second half without star center Emeka Okafor. The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year was forced out due to a sprained right big toe with 6:11 left in the third quarter.
"That's the best we could do with what we had," said Bobcats head coach Bernie Bickerstaff, who was also without center Melvin Ely due to a flu bug.
Down 98-97 with three minutes to go, Toronto used an 11-2 run to move ahead for good. Bosh put the Raptors in front by sinking a pair of foul shots and later dropped in a short jumper for a 105-100 advantage with a minute left. Morris Peterson then sealed the win with a three-pointer after Jones misfired from beyond the arc.
"We didn't have an answer for Bosh," said Bickerstaff. "He made some terrific shots."
Charlotte outscored Toronto 10-2 to begin the contest and grabbed an early 11- point advantage when Rush hit from the outside near the midpoint of the first quarter to make the score 18-7.
The Raptors responded with a 12-2 burst, capped by two Joey Graham free throws, to move within 20-19, and took a 25-24 lead at the end of one quarter following a string of six consecutive points.
Neither team led by more than four points during the second quarter until the Bobcats used a late surge.
Charlotte closed out the first half strong to grab a 53-50 edge at intermission. Knight snapped a 45-45 tie by draining a jumper with 2:35 remaining before the break, then added two more baskets during a 6-1 spurt which put the Bobcats up 51-46 with under a minute to go. He finished with a game-best 14 points over the first 24 minutes.
The Raptors then trailed 57-52 early in the second half but scored nine consecutive points to forge ahead. A three-point play from James highlighted the surge.
Toronto, which outscored Charlotte 29-19 in the third quarter, extended its lead to double digits when Bosh hit two free throws to make the score 74-63 with 1:49 left in the period. The Raptors were up by as much as 12 points before the Bobcats closed out the stanza with a 7-2 spurt, ending with Jones' tip-in, to move within 79-72 heading into the final frame.
After the Raptors' Matt Bonner opened the fourth quarter with a basket, Charlotte reeled off 11 straight points and claimed an 83-81 lead on Jones' second-chance bucket with nine minutes to go.
Toronto made 31-of-38 foul shots (82 percent) while the Bobcats went just 17- of-26 (65 percent) from the line...Gerald Wallace finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds for Charlotte...The Raptors played their first game with former Purdue head coach Gene Keady as an assistant...Toronto won for only the second time in 14 games this season when allowing over 100 points...Charlotte center Primoz Brezec returned to action after missing Friday's game with Philadelphia due to flu-like symptoms.
12/10 23:26:27 ET