Charlotte at Toronto

Bosh's monster game (39 points, 11 boards) helps doom 'Cats

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TORONTO -- After Chris Bosh jumped high for a fourth-quarter alley-oop, Larry Brown knew he was watching a memorable performance, and the Charlotte Bobcats coach wanted to make sure his young team knew it, too.

Bosh had 39 points and 11 rebounds, Joey Graham added a season-high 17 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Bobcats 93-86 on Wednesday night.

"That ball was almost thrown out of the gym and he just kind of guided it around," Brown said of Bosh's acrobatic basket. "I told our bench, 'I've seen him have a lot of great games but this is one of the special ones.' "

How special? Bosh made his first eight shots from the field and started 6-for-6 from the line. He didn't miss a shot until there was 4:25 left in the second quarter, when his baseline jumper with the shot clock winding down bounced off the rim.

"He gets better and better," Brown said. "He's posting up better, he's putting it on the floor better. Before, you didn't know whether he was a 4 or a 3. Now he's just a great basketball player."

Bosh made five more field goals and another pair of free throws before missing again, going 1-for-2 from the line with 7:13 remaining in the fourth. He finished 15-for-20, setting a career high for made field goals.

"I'm just figuring a couple of things out," Bosh said. "I'm trying to have a little bit of confidence in myself, of course, and every night I'm trying to bring it to the table."

Andrea Bargnani added 11 points, while Jose Calderon had 10 points and nine assists as Toronto won for the first time in three games and improved to 3-4 at home.

Gerald Wallace led Charlotte with 23 points. Emeka Okafor had 16 points and 14 rebounds, but the Bobcats still lost for the fifth time in six games.

Jared Dudley and D.J. Augustin each scored 13 for the Bobcats.

Bosh's double-double was his eighth of the season.

"He controlled the game offensively and defensively," Dudley said. "You see why he's one of the best power forwards in the game. It's really hard to guard him. He gets to the free throw line, his jump shot is much improved."

Bosh said he became aware of his hot shooting early in the second.

"I said, 'OK, it's one of those nights,' " Bosh said. "I just tried to keep it going, pace myself and run when I had the opportunity."

Bosh scored a career-high 42 in a road loss to Phoenix on Dec. 22, 2007, then matched that in an overtime loss to New Jersey last Friday.

Augustin and Raymond Felton, who combined for 48 points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds Monday in a victory against Philadelphia, were held to 17 points, three rebounds and 11 assists. Felton scored four points, going 2-for-10 from the field.

"Those two guards are quick and hard to handle; they can break you down," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "Jose, Anthony Parker and our guards did a good job of just keeping them in front and challenging their shots and keeping them out of the paint."

Shooting was also a problem for Charlotte's Matt Carroll (1-for-5) and Adam Morrison (1-for-7).

"When your better shooters go 2-for-12, that's going to impact us, but I was proud of the way we played," Brown said.

Toronto led 87-80 on Bosh's dunk with 7:01 remaining, but Bosh missed consecutive jumpers after Okafor's follow shot, and Augustin scored on a driving layup with 4:23 left to cut it to 87-84, forcing Toronto to call timeout.

Bosh missed again and Graham had an airball before Okafor's baseline jumper cut it to 87-86. But Bosh responded with a jumper and Graham dunked over Okafor to put the Raptors up, 91-86.

"When you're down 10, you've got to play perfect at the end and we just missed so many easy shots," Brown said. "We had our opportunities and it didn't happen."

Charlotte, the NBA's lowest-scoring team, has been held below 100 points in all but two of its 14 games.

Notes

  • Charlotte guard Jason Richardson (right knee) missed his seventh consecutive game.
  • Forward Jermaine O'Neal (left knee, left ankle) sat out for the Raptors.
  • Bosh got a technical for arguing midway through the second.
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Toronto star Chris Bosh is unstoppable even with long-armed Emeka Okafor all over him.  (AP)
Toronto star Chris Bosh is unstoppable even with long-armed Emeka Okafor all over him. (AP)

Scoreboard
Charlotte (4-10) 2521221886
Toronto (7-7) «2427241893
CHA:G. Wallace 23 Pts
CHA:E. Okafor 14 Reb
CHA:R. Felton 7 Ast
TOR:C. Bosh 39 Pts
TOR:C. Bosh 11 Reb
TOR:J. Calderon 9 Ast
Players of the Game
TorontoCharlotte

C. Bosh

G. Wallace
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
391102382
Charlotte
D. Augustin, PG434-73-304013
G. Wallace, SF398-207-1182323
R. Felton, PG392-100-03724
E. Okafor, C267-102-3141416
A. Ajinca, C93-60-01016
J. Dudley, PF265-62-341213
A. Morrison, SF161-70-02222
N. Mohammed, C121-30-03202
M. Carroll, SG121-51-12113
S. May, PF112-30-00114
R. Hollins, C70-20-02030
J. Richardson, SGDid Not Play
D. Jones, PFDid Not Play
S. Brown, PGDid Not Play
Totals 34-7915-2139211986
 43.0%71.4% 
Toronto
C. Bosh, PF4515-209-10110339
J. Calderon, PG414-100-039110
A. Bargnani, PF404-151-293411
A. Parker, SG372-40-05505
J. Moon, SG181-40-00123
J. Graham, SF226-85-560517
K. Humphries, PF161-60-02012
J. Kapono, SF152-30-00114
R. Ukic, SG71-20-01302
J. O'Neal, PFDid Not Play
W. Solomon, PGDid Not Play
H. Adams, SFDid Not Play
N. Jawai, PFDid Not Play
Totals 36-7215-1737221793
 50.0%88.2% 
Other Games
Mil 96 Final
Atl 102
OKC 82 Final
Cle 117
GS 111 Final
Bos 119
Orl 96 Final
Phi 94
NY 96 Final
Det 110
Pho 110 Final
Min 102
Ind 91 Final
Hou 90
Chi 88 Final
SA 98
Mem 100 Final
Utah 117
Mia 68 Final
Port 106
NJ 116 Final
Sac 114
Den 106 Final
LAC 105