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Daily Raptor Dish - 04.01.10
Bosh reaches the top
Raptors grind it out
The face of the franchise becomes the franchise scoring leader.
Not much has gone according to plan these past few years where the Raptors are concerned, but last night the stars were aligned just right as Bosh hit a 16-foot jump shot over Richard Jefferson with 1:39 left in the third quarter to assume the spot that he seems destined to have held since he was drafted by the Raptors seven years ago.
Better still, he bumped Vince Carter from the mantle becoming the career leading scorer in Raptors history. Bosh now has 9,428 career points, eight more than Carter, who Bosh promised would be hearing about it when he got down to Orlando later this week.
Feschuk: Chris Bosh plays it cool until win sewn up
Hard to figure these Raptors out. A night earlier, against a team without three of its top four players and on a three-game losing skid, Toronto could not match Boston’s physicality or work ethic.
One night later facing a San Antonio Spurs team that is in the midst of what is becoming an annual push back toward to the top of the Western Conference standings with 11 wins in its past 13 matches, the Raptors outworked, outshot, and ultimately outlasted the Spurs in a closer-than-it-should-have-been 91-86 win.
The Raps did so without the services of Hedo Turkoglu who was unable to answer the bell because of a cold.
“It was one of those grind-it-out games,” Raps head coach Jay Triano said. “Every possession was a fight and a battle. We played aggressive and hard.”
Antoine Wright started in Turkoglu’s place and all but shut down Richard Jefferson, one of the more potent Spurs.
Through three quarters, Jefferson had just six points and was never a factor finishing the game with 12.
Much more of a factor from a Spurs standpoint was the team’s inability to hit free throws. The Spurs went to the line 27 times and converted just 16 of them. The Raptors, meanwhile, made good on 24 of their 27 attempt
Bosh sets Raptors scoring record in win over Spurs
It was only after it was over – after the Raptors secured a 91-86 win over the San Antonio Spurs to punctuate their best player's record-setting evening – that Bosh finally acknowledged the relative gravity of the moment.
No, there wasn't a championship banner or a retired number heading to the rafters at the Air Canada Centre, but Sunday's milestone was certainly a once-in-a-career accomplishment.
And so Bosh departed the locker room with some souvenirs. He slung the jersey he was wearing, his white and red No. 4, over his left shoulder. He held the shoes he'd sweated through in his right hand. And he enumerated the burden of being the face of Canada's lone NBA franchise for the assembled media.
"It's a lot of responsibility and expectations are very high," said Bosh. "You raise the bar every year and you're expected to do better every year. You have to keep your performance up even though you're the main focal point of everybody's defensive scheme. ... People look to you for advice and they look to you to set an example both on and off the court. I'm just trying to stay steady and keep doing a decent job."
Sunday's wasn't exactly a signature performance from Bosh. It certainly wasn't a picturesque display of hoop-wise brilliance from the Raptors. But on the night when Bosh eclipsed Carter – he now has 9,428 points, eight more than Carter amassed in Toronto, albeit in 71 more games than Carter played for the Raptors – the home team overcame a horrible shooting performance and seven fourth-quarter turnovers to carve a victory that was rare for a lot of reasons
Bosh sets record, Raptors beat Spurs
Chris Bosh scored 22 points to become the leading scorer in Raptors history and lead Toronto to a 91-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night.
Bosh, who also had 15 rebounds, made a jumper from the top of the key with 1:39 left in the third quarter to eclipse Vince Carter's mark of 9,420 points. Bosh, who now has 9,428 points, was honoured with a video tribute and standing ovation at the end of the quarter.
Jarrett Jack scored 16 points, Andrea Bargnani had 15 and DeMar DeRozan 11 for Toronto, which has won six of seven and ended the Spurs' winning streak at five games.
Tony Parker scored 23 points, and Tim Duncan had 21 points and 12 rebounds in a rare reserve appearance. Richard Jefferson scored 12 for the Spurs, who had won 11 of 13.
San Antonio finished 16 for 27 at the free throw line, with Parker missing five and Duncan four.
Toronto led 67-55 heading into the fourth quarter, but Duncan cut the lead to 81-78 on a three-point play with 2:32 left. Jack and Parker each scored before Bosh's driving layup made it 85-80 with 56 seconds remaining.
Duncan missed a pair from the line but San Antonio got the ball back after a Jack miss and Keith Bogans hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, cutting it to 85-83. Bosh, Marco Belinelli and Antoine Wright sealed it at the line, each making two free throws in the final 11 seconds.
Bosh becomes Raptors' all-time leading scorer
It wasn’t vintage Chris Bosh, but that says a lot about a player who’s excelled in good times and bad in Toronto. The Toronto Raptors won, for one thing, not always a given during his still-unfolding career as the club’s franchise player in name and deed, and they did it without one of his trademark dominant nights.
Instead, it was a working class version who provided 22 points and 15 rebounds to help his club outlast the San Antonio Spurs 91-86 at the Air Canada Centre here. But it was enough and, as a result, the night that Bosh passed Vince Carter to become the club’s career leading scorer will be a fond memory.
“[Winning] was the best part,” Bosh said. “I was thinking it’d be nice to set the record but I wanted to win as well, that was the main focus of the whole day.”
As brilliant and consistent as Bosh has been through his seven NBA seasons in a Toronto uniform, he’s been the backbone of some bad teams.
This year’s edition – in large part because of Bosh’s career-best efforts – is gamely headed to respectability, or at least a playoff spot. Their win over the Spurs was their sixth in their past seven games and 10th in their past 15. It pulled them with a game of .500 at 17-18 and 11-5 at the ACC.
Foul-line failures foil Spurs' comeback
Chris Bosh scored 22 points to surpass Vince Carter as the top scorer in Raptors history and lead Toronto to a 91-86 home win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night.
Bosh, who came in needing 14 points to match Carter's 9,420 in a Raptors uniform, accomplished that by hitting a jumper late in the third quarter. Bosh then surpassed his ex-teammate with 1:39 left in the period when he pump-faked defender Richard Jefferson at the top of the key, dribbled to his right and drained a 16-footer to put Toronto up 65-51.
The home crowd gave the star forward a standing ovation when his achievement was announced during the next television timeout.
Bosh didn't stop there, nailing some key buckets down the stretch to help the Raptors hold off a late Spurs rally.
With a minute left in the game and Toronto clinging to a three-point lead, Bosh received the ball in the low post with his back to Spurs star and defensive stalwart Tim Duncan. Bosh made a power move and finished with his left hand to restore his team's two-possession advantage.
After Keith Bogan cut the Spurs' deficit to two points when he hit from behind the arc with 12.4 seconds remaining, Bosh nailed a pair of free throws — his only trip to the line on the night — to help salt away the victory.
"Yeah, that was the best part," Bosh said. "I was kind of thinking that it would be really nice to set the record and everything — I wanted to win as well. That was the main focus of the whole day and it made it that much better."
Few outside the Spurs' inner circle knew quite what to make Sunday of the unprecedented decision to sit team captain Tim Duncan, their leading scorer and rebounder, for the first 14 minutes of the Spurs' 91-86 loss to the Raptors at Air Canada Centre.
The exception: Toronto's starting point guard, Jarrett Jack, who played his first three NBA seasons in Portland. There, he said, he saw plenty of coach Gregg Popovich's deviations from basketball orthodoxy.
“Coach Popovich is kind of a quirky guy,” Jack said. “He might do things just because it's Tuesday.”
On this bone-chilling Sunday night in Canada, it was Jack who ultimately rendered Popovich's version of rope-a-dope a failed stratagem. His improbable 8-foot hook shot with 2:08 remaining, launched between Duncan and defensive ace Keith Bogans, blunted a spirited Spurs comeback effort and enabled the Raptors to hang on.
The Spurs had sliced Toronto's 15-point fourth-quarter lead to three, at 81-78, when Jack's make gave the Raptors the breathing room they needed to stave off panic.
The loss put a halt to the Spurs' five-game win streak and dropped their record to 20-12.
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