Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 1/23

Game 1: Sunday, January 23rd
Game 2: Friday, January 28th
Game 3: Friday, April 1st

Bobcats 92

(8-29, 1-17 away)

Raptors 103

(18-24, 15-5 home)

    1:00 PM ET, January 23, 2005

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 29 30 21 1292
    TOR 29 24 24 26103

    Top Performers

    Cha: J. Hart 14 Pts, 7 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 Blk

    Tor: C. Bosh 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Raptors have won 5 in a row at home

    TORONTO (AP) -- Jalen Rose hates being a reserve, but he sure looks good in the role.

    Rose scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors beat the Charlotte Bobcats 103-92 on Sunday.

    The 10-year veteran has played better since being removed from the Raptors' starting lineup 15 games ago. The disgruntled forward, who is rumored to be on the trading block, went 8-of-15 from the field against Charlotte and is shooting 50.5 percent from the field since he became a reserve. He shot 42 percent as a starter.

    "Jalen is always going to talk about starting. I understand that," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "But the firepower he gives us coming off the bench is just something we need."

    Toronto's leading scorer had 12 points during a pivotal 19-4 run in the fourth quarter. The Raptors outscored the Bobcats 26-12 in the final period.

    Rose hasn't felt appreciated by the Raptors ever since his name came up in trade talks in November. He thinks they just want to dump his contract. He has three years and $48 million left on it.

    "It's their call. If they want to keep me around I'll be here. If they want to ship me out I'll call U-Haul," said Rose, who has been motivated to play better since the team's radio personality said he should be traded.

    "I heard him say Rob Babcock would be the GM of the year if he could find a way to trade Jalen Rose. The kind of sparked me to go out and play with a chip on my shoulder regardless of what happens," Rose said. "That kind of stuck with me."

    Eric Williams, Toronto's new starting small forward, went 1-of-6 from the field for just two points. Rose got a rousing ovation from the fans when he entered the game with 3:41 left in the first quarter.

    Asked why he has such a connection with the fans, Rose said: "Probably because I'm not a hermit. I'm out moving around, I'm shaking hands, kissing babies. I'm out at the mall. I'm not the kind of person you can't talk to. I interact with my fans."

    Morris Peterson added 26 points and Chris Bosh had 21 for the Raptors, who have won five straight at home.

    Primoz Brezec had 19 points and tied a career-high with 12 rebounds for the Bobcats, who have lost eight straight.

    Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said Mitchell's best decision of the season was making Rose a reserve.

    "I have a lot of respect for Bernie and my coach, but at the end of the day I know that they were coaching together this summer in Charlotte," Rose said. "What did you expect him to say?"

    Rose sparked the decisive run with a 3-pointer to bring Toronto within three points early in the fourth. Bosh followed with an alley-oop dunk, Matt Bonner made a 3-pointer and Rose made another 3-pointer. Rose capped the run with a jumper, giving Toronto a 96-87 lead with 5:33 left.

    Rose even passed up an open 3-pointer and passed to Morris Peterson, whose 3-pointer made it 101-89 with 3:33 remaining.

    The Bobcats went 5-of-24 from the field in the fourth.

    "We scored 12 points in the fourth," Bickerstaff said. "We just couldn't make shots down the stretch."

    Brezec had 15 points as Charlotte led 59-53 at halftime.

    Game notes

    It was the first ever meeting between the two teams. ... Charlotte point guard Brevin Knight missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. Knight ranks second in the NBA with 9.3 assists a game. ... Toronto forward Donyell Marshall missed the game with a sprained right wrist. Forward Lamond Murray also didn't play because of an upper respiratory infection. ... Mitchell was the Bobcats' lead assistant for a month before the Raptors offered him their top job. "It was a family atmosphere. It was tough to leave," Mitchell said. ... The Bobcats went 13-for-21 from the line.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 103
    FGM-FGA 38-91 (.418) 39-77 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 3-7 (.429) 10-22 (.455)
    FTM-FTA 13-21 (.619) 15-18 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-47 6-39
    Assists 20 22
    Turnovers 9 12
    Steals 4 6
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 2 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 21 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 8 12

    Top Performers

    Jason Hart Hart
    Points: 14
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 21
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 5