Rolling Raptors rally to avoid another upset to Maccabi

Updated: October 19, 2006, 10:18 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Chris Bosh and Fred Jones each scored 16 points and six other Toronto Raptors reached double figures in Toronto's 118-84 preseason victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Thursday night.

T.J. Ford added 13 points for the Raptors, who lost to Maccabi at the Air Canada Centre one year ago almost to the day. In that game, just the second loss for an NBA team to an international club since the league sanctioned such competition in 1987, Anthony Parker made a winning jumper at the buzzer to win 105-103.

Toronto (4-0) signed Parker in the offseason. He had 11 points against his former team.

Bosh, who missed the previous two exhibition games with a sore left heel, had to plead with coach Sam Mitchell to play Thursday.

Noel Felix had 19 points for Maccabi, who have also lost to Phoenix, Cleveland and San Antonio this preseason.

Toronto trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half but finished the second quarter on a 12-2 run. Bosh's fadeaway jumper at the buzzer made it 55-53.

Maccabi shot 58 percent in the first half, but Toronto tightened its defense in the third quarter. Maccabi went the final 5:54 of the third without scoring and Toronto closed the quarter on a 20-2 run.

Toronto outscored Maccabi 65-29 in the second half as Maccabi went 7-for-30 from the field and committed 16 turnovers.

Maccabi went over 11 minutes in the fourth quarter without grabbing a rebound. Toronto outrebounded Maccabi 40-23.

Andrea Bargnani's 20-foot jumper, two free throws and fadeaway jumper gave Toronto a 32-point lead with 3:27 left.

P.J. Tucker -- a second-round draft pick for Toronto -- continued his strong play in the preseason, scoring 10 points and grabbing three rebounds in 13 minutes.

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