Eight straight on home court

Chris Bosh nets 23 as Rap­tors top 76ers

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

TORONTO (CP) — The Toronto Rap­tors won their eighth in a row at home Wed­nes­day, sur­viv­ing a fu­ri­ous fourth-quar­ter come­back from Philadel­phia to beat the 76ers 104-93.

Chris Bosh led the Rap­tors with 23 points and 12 re­bounds, while An­drea Bargnani added 16, in­clud­ing an im­por­tant three­p­ointer late.

Sonny Weems and DeMar DeRozan each scored 14 points for Toronto (29-23).

Louis Wil­liams scored 26 points for the 76ers, in­clud­ing 14 in the fourth quar­ter. Thad­deus Young added 15 for Philadel­phia.

The 76ers (20-32), win­ners of five in a row com­ing in, trailed by as many as 23 in the third quar­ter and en­tered the fourth down by 15.

They cut the lead to five points when El­ton Brand made two free throws to make it 86-81 with 5:20 to play.

Wil­liams hit a three-pointer with 3:45 to play and scored on a driv­ing lay-up with 3:18 left to pull the 76ers to within four at 90-86.

Af­ter Bargnani made one of two free throws, Wil­liams hit an­other three with 2:52 left to cut the lead to 91-89. Bosh hit two free throws, but Wil­liams again cut the lead to two and Young tied it at 93-93 with 2:06 to go.

But the Rap­tors’ Jose Calderon was fouled by Wil­lie Green on a three-point at­tempt and made the en­su­ing free throw to make it 9793. Af­ter An­toine Wright came up with a steal for Toronto, Bargnani hit a three-pointer with 41 sec­onds left to seal it and send the crowd of 16,651 at Air Canada Cen­tre into a frenzy.

With the win, the Rap­tors equalled a club record of 29 vic­to­ries at the all-star break.

In the 2001-2002 sea­son, the Rap­tors won 29 times in 50 games be­fore the all-star break.

The Rap­tors led 30-24 af­ter a free-wheel­ing first quar­ter in which they shot 60 per cent from the field and the 76ers shot 57 per cent.

For­ward Reg­gie Evans, a for­mer 76er, played his first reg­u­larsea­son game for the Rap­tors and fin­ished with two points. He had been out with a sprained left foot suf­fered in an Oct. 14 pre-sea­son game.

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