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Atlanta at Toronto

Raptors down slumping Hawks, Bosh leads way with 21 points

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Raptors coach Sam Mitchell wishes Joey Graham could play like this every game.

Chris Bosh scored 21 points and Graham tied a career high with 19 to lead Toronto to a 105-92 victory Friday night over the Atlanta Hawks, who have lost eight straight.

Graham also had eight rebounds for the Raptors, who never trailed.

"He played well tonight. That's all I know," Mitchell said. "If I knew what he had for lunch or what he did at home, I'd videotape it and show it to him before every game. We need Joey to play like that."

Graham went 8-for-14 from the field and surpassed his previous high of 17 points set Dec. 29 against Chicago. The second-year swingman came off the bench against Atlanta, but has started of late as Mitchell searches for his best option at small forward.

"When you hit your first couple of shots it gives you confidence," Graham said. "I came into the game and scored four quick points. The sky is the limit after that."

Andrea Bargnani, the No. 1 pick in the draft, had 12 points in his first start at small forward for Toronto. Bargnani made a nice reverse bounce pass to Bosh in the second half, but Bosh couldn't convert the dunk.

Mitchell said the 7-footer started at small forward so he could match up with 6-foot-9 Marvin Williams, who had 24 points for the Hawks.

Backup point guard Jose Calderon added a season-high 12 assists and 12 points for the Raptors, who had five players score in double figures. Starting point guard T.J. Ford missed his third straight with a sprained right ankle.

Toronto shot 55 percent, compared to 48 percent for Atlanta. Bosh went 8-for-11 from field in his second game since missing 12 straight with an injured left knee.

Bosh played just 33 minutes with Toronto leading throughout.

"It was a little nice to get some rest," Bosh said.

Mitchell said they'll continue to rest and treat Bosh to make sure he's healthy.

Atlanta won its previous two games against Toronto, but was missing Josh Smith (hernia surgery). Toronto outscored Atlanta 44-28 in the paint.

"We have a lot of guys injured, but that's not to make an excuse," point guard Speedy Claxton said. "We just got to get some guys healthy and start believing we can win again, and start playing defense."

Graham had 13 points and Bosh added 12 as Toronto led 58-46 at halftime. Toronto shot 66 percent in the half.

Morris Peterson's consecutive 3-pointers gave Toronto an 89-73 lead with 7:13 left in the fourth quarter.

Claxton converted a four-point play to cut the lead to 10 with 3:17 left, but Peterson made a running jumper and Bosh made two free throws 3:02 left.

Notes

  • Graham's twin brother, Stephen, watched from the stands. Portland waived Stephen on Tuesday.
  • The Raptors assigned rookie forward P.J. Tucker to the Colorado 14ers of the NBA Development League on Friday. Tucker averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 16 games. He was drafted in the second round out of the University of Texas.
  • Former NFL and CFL quarterback Doug Flutie sat courtside.
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Chris Bosh scores 21 points for the Raptors, who cruise to victory over the sinking Hawks.  (Getty Images)
Chris Bosh scores 21 points for the Raptors, who cruise to victory over the sinking Hawks. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Atlanta (9-21) 2521222492
Toronto (14-19) «31272324105
ATL:M. Williams 24 Pts
ATL:S. Williams 7 Reb
ATL:S. Claxton 5 Ast
TOR:C. Bosh 21 Pts
TOR:R. Nesterovic 9 Reb
TOR:J. Calderon 12 Ast
Players of the Game
TorontoAtlanta

J. Graham

M. Williams
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
19802451
Atlanta
J. Johnson, SG437-160-112015
M. Williams, F389-156-751124
Z. Pachulia, C352-38-842512
S. Claxton, PG326-124-425418
S. Williams, PF284-52-271410
J. Childress, SG352-87-930411
R. Ivey, PG100-10-01010
L. Wright, C90-30-03140
S. Jones, PF91-10-02022
S. Medvedenko, PFDid Not Play
J. Smith, SFDid Not Play
T. Lue, PGDid Not Play
E. Batista, PFDid Not Play
S. Stoudamire, SGDid Not Play
Totals 31-6427-3128122592
 48.4%87.1% 
Toronto
J. Calderon, PG354-64-6212412
C. Bosh, PF338-115-1152221
A. Bargnani, PF335-111-131312
R. Nesterovic, C323-71-19147
A. Parker, SF313-80-03139
J. Graham, SF318-143-380519
M. Peterson, SG226-82-262216
D. Martin, PG132-62-30307
K. Humphries, PF91-20-00122
F. Jones, SG20-00-00000
P. Sow, PFDid Not Play
T. Ford, PGDid Not Play
U. Slokar, PFDid Not Play
J. Garbajosa, CDid Not Play
P. Tucker, SGDid Not Play
Totals 40-7318-27362325105
 54.8%66.7% 
Other Games
Char 74 Final
Orl 106
LAC 105 Final
Wash 116
Chi 86 Final
NJ 91
Bos 128 Final
Mem 119
Dal 90 Final
SA 85
Phi 102 Final
Min 104
Utah 86 Final
Hou 100
Cle 95 Final
Mil 86
Den 104 Final
LAL 123
Mia 80 Final
Pho 108
NY 111 Final
Sea 93