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Charlotte at Toronto

Bosh helps Raptors secure first playoff berth in five years

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Chris Bosh has the Toronto Raptors in the playoffs for the first time in five years.

Bosh had 24 points and 16 rebounds and the Raptors clinched their first playoff spot since 2002 with a 107-94 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night.

Juan Dixon added 15 points for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who are third in the Eastern Conference, which would give them home court in at least the first round.

"It means a lot to me," said Bosh, who signed an extension with Toronto last summer. "It quiets the people who were like 'Why did you come here? Why didn't go you to the States?' It's just a good feeling that my beliefs have paid off and it's turned to reality."

General manager Bryan Colangelo has turned around a team that went 27-55 last season. The Raptors hired him away from Phoenix last season.

"He brought a winning attitude. He brought it out of everybody," Bosh said. "It starts from management."

Walter Herrmann had 22 points for the Bobcats.

Toronto began the game on a 14-4 run and never trailed. Bosh made his first five shots. He finished 9-for-16 and made all six of his free throw attempts. The first-time All-Star starter is averaging 16 rebounds in his last three games.

Toronto won its third straight despite missing No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani (appendectomy) and forward Jose Garbajosa (left ankle surgery).

Toronto coach Sam Mitchell, who doesn't have a contract for next year, refused to answer questions about his status before the game. He was proud about what they accomplished after.

"You feel gratification for the guys, the organization, the fans and what we have been through over the past two and a half seasons to get to this point," Mitchell said. "I'm happy for them, the coaches and myself included, but we still got some things that we want to try to accomplish. We want to win the division and then try to get home court, go into the playoffs playing well, try to get healthy and then make some noise as well."

The Raptors beat Washington and Miami in their previous games. Both teams are chasing Toronto for the third seed in the playoffs.

Toronto's reserves outscored Charlotte's 48-31, and the Raptors outrebounded the Bobcats 48-34.

Toronto went 26-for-29 from the line.

Six Raptors scored in double figures.

T.J. Ford and Jose Calderon, Toronto's two point guards, combined for 25 points and 13 assists. Ford had 11 points and eight assists.

Toronto led by as many as 18.

"The entire game went their way," Charlotte's Emeka Okafor said. "They were trying to get that playoff berth and clinch it. They came out and did a great job playing and they got it."

Notes

  • Bargnani missed his sixth straight game, but sat on the bench in a suit for the first time since having the surgery.
  • The Raptors now visit Miami, Orlando and Philadelphia.
  • Toronto started the year 2-8.
  • Herrmann was a point short of his career-high, set in Charlotte's previous game.
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Morris Peterson and the Raptors dive into the playoffs for the first time since 2002.  (AP)
Morris Peterson and the Raptors dive into the playoffs for the first time since 2002. (AP)

Scoreboard
Charlotte (28-46) 1926262394
Toronto (41-32) «27262727107
CHA:W. Herrmann 22 Pts
CHA:W. Herrmann 8 Reb
CHA:B. Knight 7 Ast
TOR:C. Bosh 24 Pts
TOR:C. Bosh 16 Reb
TOR:T. Ford 8 Ast
Players of the Game
TorontoCharlotte

C. Bosh

W. Herrmann
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
241652283
Charlotte
W. Herrmann, SF389-133-483322
G. Wallace, SF354-104-663513
E. Okafor, C328-130-071416
R. Felton, PG294-151-22329
M. Carroll, SG241-90-12003
A. Morrison, SG264-70-012310
B. Knight, PG242-61-23715
A. Anderson, SG121-34-41216
P. Brezec, C113-32-23018
J. Voskuhl, C61-30-00012
R. Hollins, C20-00-01010
D. Anderson, SGDid Not Play
O. Harrington, PFDid Not Play
E. Williams, PFDid Not Play
J. McInnis, PGDid Not Play
S. May, FDid Not Play
Totals 37-8215-2134212294
 45.1%71.4% 
Toronto
A. Parker, SG375-112-232214
C. Bosh, PF329-166-6165424
T. Ford, PG264-113-448111
R. Nesterovic, C233-52-24028
J. Graham, SF180-52-23022
J. Dixon, SG347-121-232115
K. Humphries, PF234-95-583313
M. Peterson, SG221-60-06323
J. Calderon, PG216-92-215414
L. Jackson, SF20-10-00010
D. Martin, PG10-02-20002
U. Slokar, PF10-01-20011
P. Sow, PFDid Not Play
J. Garbajosa, PFDid Not Play
A. Bargnani, PFDid Not Play
Totals 39-8526-29482823107
 45.9%89.7% 
Other Games
Mia 88 Final
Det 94
Chi 105 Final
Atl 97
Mem 117 Final
GS 122
Wash 121 Final
Mil 107
Dal 104 Final
Pho 126
Cle 96 Final
Bos 98
Utah 86 Final
Hou 83
Min 105 Final
Orl 104
SA 99 Final
Ind 100
Den 114 Final
Sea 103
Sac 103 Final
LAL 126