Step aside, #15 (sorry, I forgot the guy’s name). Chris Bosh became the Raptors’ all-time points leader tonight with a third quarter jumper in Toronto’s 91-86 win over San Antonio at the ACC — two of his team-high 22 in an important bounce-back after a nasty showing against some team dressed as the Celtics last night in Boston.
Bosh, who finished the night at 9,428 career points, also grabbed 15 boards for the Raps, who were without Hedo Turkoglu due to flu-like symptoms and forced into starting everyone’s favourite voice of reason — the great Antoine Wright. Wright’s D was actually a key in this one, as Toronto held the Spurs to just 55 points through three before a late run came up short in the final quarter. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich actually elected to use Tim Duncan off the bench for just the second time in his career, claiming afterward that he’s played too many minutes lately and would rather have him in the fourth than off the tip. In the end, Duncan finished with 21 and 12 in 29 minutes. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 23 on 9-of-11 but missed five of his nine from the stripe.
Andrea Bargnani had 15 points and eight boards for the Raptors and Jarrett Jack had 16 and eight assists. DeMar DeRozan had 11 in 23 minutes on 5-of-8 and Wright rounded out the starting five with eight and six boards.
In all, an important win with a dreaded matchup in Orlando looming Wednesday. Now 17-18, the Raps are set for a not-so-fun stretch with six of the next eight on the road, with the only two home games against Boston and Dallas on the 10th and 17th.