Both produced career-high point totals -- with Bosh scoring 33
and Bonner 18 -- to help the Raptors end a two-game losing skid with
a 95-84 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.
"We had more movement and that gave Chris more room to operate
down low and basically both him and Bonner played great," said
Jalen Rose, who added 14 points for the Raptors. "They both had
career games and we need that from those guys every night."
Bosh, in his second season, and Bonner, a 6-foot-10 rookie, came
through when the Raptors' slim playoff hopes could ill afford a
loss to New Orleans, one of the worst teams in the league.
Bosh grabbed 15 rebounds and went 9-of-10 from the foul line. He
scored on a variety of mid-range jumpers and quick inside moves,
setting his new career mark on a baseline drive in which he twisted
in mid-air to softly drop the ball in from close range. The shot
gave Toronto a 90-72 lead and sent a number of fans to the exits
with more than 4 minutes to go.
"You hit a lot of shots and you sense it. I was basically
staying aggressive," Bosh said. "I made a couple jump shots and
my up-fakes became effective and that opened up some drives for
Bonner, coming off the bench, hit all four 3-pointers he
attempted. Two came back-to-back after the Hornets opened the
fourth quarter with an 8-0 run.
"I was wide open. I would have gotten taken out of the game if
I didn't take them," Bonner said. "It's just my teammates finding
me when I was open. They made the extra pass and I made the open
shots. That's all there is to it."
Toronto was 10-of-21 on 3-pointers and shot 46.6 percent
overall, while New Orleans, plagued by poor shooting in the second
and third quarters, shot 38 percent.
"We should be much more aggressive just taking the ball to the
hole instead of just passing the ball outside and not being
dangerous inside," Nachbar said. "They were just waiting and
clogging up the lane."
After an even first quarter, the Hornets' accuracy vanished in
the second period when they shot 5-of-24 from the field.
The Raptors opened the period with a 12-2 run that gave them the
lead for good. The outburst included 3s by Donyell Marshall and
Bonner, as well as 16-foot fade and a pair of free throws by Bosh,
who scored 18 in the first half.
Bonner later added a follow dunk, then Rafer Alston and Rose
each hit 3s in the last two minutes of the period, giving Toronto a
53-36 lead at halftime.
Little changed early in the second half, as Bosh ignited a 13-2
run with a two-handed dunk and a jumper over Andersen. Rose capped
the run with a fastbreak dunk, putting Toronto up 69-45 with 4:45
left in the third period.
Morris Peterson left the game with a bruised left knee in
the first half and did not return. He said he might be ready to
play Monday night. ... Toronto (25-34) is 1-2 on a four-game road
trip that concludes Monday night at Dallas. ... The Raptors are
7-23 on the road this season. ... New Orleans has lost five
straight to Toronto dating back to last season. ... The loss
snapped a two-game winning streak for New Orleans (13-46), which
has not won three in a row this season.