NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Toronto
(Wednesday, January 16th)
Final Score: Toronto 116, Sacramento 91
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh exploded for 31 points and nine rebounds, leading the Toronto Raptors in a rout of the Sacramento Kings, 116-91, spoiling the return of a pair of Sacramento star players.
Carlos Delfino did a little bit of everything off the bench, finishing with 26 points, seven boards, six assists, and four steals for Toronto, which has won four of its last five contests. Jose Calderon dished out 14 assists to go with 17 points. Calderon ended the game with 1,001 assists in his NBA career, all with the Raptors, becoming the fifth player in franchise history to achieve the milestone.
Anthony Parker added 12 points and Kris Humphries contributed 11 for the Raptors.
Kevin Martin led the Kings with 22 points, as Sacramento dropped its third straight matchup as the visitor, slipping to 4-13 on the road. Mike Bibby made his season debut, coming off the bench to pour in 19 points. Bibby had been sidelined since October, after a torn ligament in his left thumb required surgery.
Bibby entered a game off the bench for the first time ever in his entire professional and collegiate career. He started 675 NBA games in Vancouver and Sacramento, and 69 games at the University of Arizona.
"It is good to get back on the court," Bibby remarked. "I didn't want the welcome to be like that, but we have to get used to playing with each other again, and get everybody on the same page. I didn't know what to expect. I was a little tired out there, but in order to get my wind back I am going to have to play a lot of minutes."
Brad Miller scored 16 points for the Kings, who have lost two of their last three outings. Also returning to action for Sacramento was Ron Artest, who sat out nine games with an injured right elbow. Artest entered averaging 19.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4.3 assists, though he managed only four points in this meeting.
"It was nice to see (Bibby and Artest return)," commented Sacramento head coach Reggie Theus. "I decided when the game looked like it was about out of reach, I was going to leave them in and let it burn. It's great to have them back. We will adjust and we'll get back to the way the Kings play."
Out of the break, the Raptors rolled, pulling away from the Kings with a dominant 22-5 flurry. Parker led with eight points, while Bosh scored seven and cleaned up three boards. Parker wrapped up the run with a three-point play, as Toronto soared ahead, 82-59, with 4:19 to play in the third quarter.
"We played well, especially in the second half," Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell explained. "Our defense was better, we made shots and Chris (Bosh) was as efficient as one guy can be. We moved the ball well; we took the ball to the basket, got some easy baskets and found guys for open shots."
Sacramento chipped away at the lead with an 11-2 burst. Martin piled on eight points, nailing a running jumper despite being fouled by Jamario Moon. Martin's free throw was good, and, with 1:17 remaining in the third period, the Kings trailed, 84-70.
Toronto took back the momentum, ripping off a 12-3 streak that put the game well out of reach. Humphries connected on a pair from the charity stripe, and the Raptors lead reached 102-77 with 7:44 to go in the game.
"I feel good and I feel very confident in my game," gushed Chris Bosh. "I feel like my timing is great right now. I'm just trying to be aggressive, take nothing but good shots. When I do have an open shot, like I said, shoot it with confidence and believe in myself."
The teams traded blows through most of the first quarter. The frame featured five ties and three lead changes, and the biggest highlight of the opening nine minutes was Bibby's return to the floor with 4:07 remaining.
Bibby wasted no time in heating up, as he sparked a 9-0 Kings run to close the period. Bibby drained a pair from beyond the arc and reeled in two boards, while Miller's layup as time expired lifted Sacramento to a 28-22 lead moving into the second quarter.
Toronto responded immediately, kicking off the second stanza with an 11-2 burst. The scoring was split between Bosh and Delfino. Bosh bucketed five points while grabbing two rebounds, and Delfino stroked a couple three- pointers, including the basket at the 9:45 mark that capped the streak, putting the Raptors back on top, 33-30.
After the Sacramento knotted the game at 35, Toronto used long shots to ignite a 9-0 flurry. The Raptors connected on three straight from beyond-the-arc, with two from Jason Kapono, the second of which extended Toronto's advantage to 44-35 with 6:57 left in the half.
The Kings came right back with a 12-4 barrage of their own. Miller netted the final five points of the run, as his three-pointer with 3:09 to go until the break cut the deficit to a point, 48-47.
The Raptors continued the back-and-forth bursts, finishing the half on a 10-3 streak. Bosh drove the lane and was fouled by Beno Udrih with less than a second showing on the clock. Bosh knocked down both free throws, pushing Toronto ahead 58-50 heading into the locker rooms.
The Raptors have won three consecutive home games, moving to 11-8 at Air Canada Centre...The Kings and Raptors split a pair of meetings last season, while Sacramento has won 12 of the last 16 matchups in the series...Toronto extended its NBA record of consecutive games with a three-pointer to 734...With Artest, Bibby, and Martin all coming off the bench, the Kings' reserves scored a season-high 51 points, breaking the mark of 47 set just last game, against Dallas...Bosh has scored at least 30 points in three of his last four matchups...The 25-point loss was a season-high for Sacramento...Bosh became the franchise leader for Toronto in free throws made and attempted, at 1,788-for-2,281.
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