ATLANTA (AP) -- A short pep talk with his former college coach
helped boost Chris Bosh's spirits.
"Just stay positive, that's my biggest thing," Bosh said of
his conversation with Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt. "No matter
what happens, just stay positive. The minute you start forcing
things, that's when you shoot yourself in the foot."
Toronto, 16-5 when Bosh scores at least 20 points, took the lead
for good when Morris Peterson's 3-pointer made it 100-99 with 3:40
With 11 rebounds, Bosh has 33 boards over his last two games.
The second-year forward, who entered the NBA draft after just one
season at Georgia Tech, also scored 22 points the night before at
Philadelphia, but the Raptors suffered a two-point loss.
"I had a good game last night, and it just didn't pay off,"
Bosh said. "To have a good game and win at the same time is a
double good bonus."
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak on the road for
the Raptors, who improved to just 8-27 away from the Air Canada
"We talk al the time about getting off to a good start," Rose
said. "I'm pretty sure every team in the league does. You've got
to find a way to get it when it counts. Fortunately for us, we were
able to get it in the fourth quarter when things were crucial."
Atlanta, an NBA-worst 11-58, has lost eight straight games since
winning in overtime at Toronto on March 11. That victory snapped a
23-game road losing streak and 13 consecutive defeats overall for
the Hawks, who have dropped 21 of their last 22.
"I try to tell people, 'Don't look at records," Raptors coach
Sam Mitchell said. "Everybody's playing for something. Whether
it's the playoffs, respectability or jobs. Everybody's got
something that's important to them."
Toronto held Atlanta to just one field goal in the final 4
Rose gave the Raptors an 83-82 lead with a 3-pointer from the
right corner at the 10:27 mark of the fourth quarter. After Tom
Gugliotta committed the ninth of Atlanta's 12 turnovers, Bosh
answered with a dunk 36 seconds later to make it 85-82.
"Chris Bosh led us," Rose said. "He was the man down low. We
feed off him. There are a lot of expectations on him."
"There are some wonderful signs of us playing well in spurts,"
Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "We have to start looking into
getting pieces to add to this ballclub."
Peterson, who finished with 14 points, hit a 3-pointer with 6:17
left in the third quarter to give the Raptors their first lead
since Bosh's layup made it 7-6.
Bosh impressed Mitchell with his aggressiveness.
"I just want him to be aggressive and attack the basket as much
as possible," Mitchell said. "When he does that, it opens up that
14- 15-foot shot and tonight he was making them. He can get past
most people if you crowd him."
Raptors F Donyell Marshall, whose .423 percentage on
3-point attempts ranks No. 8 in the NBA, went to the locker room
for treatment on his back in the first quarter and didn't return.
He played only 4 minutes. ... Bosh was two points short of tying
his career high, set in a March 6 victory in New Orleans. ...
Hewitt sat in the second row of seats across from the Atlanta
bench. ... Toronto outscored the Hawks 34-17 at the free throw
line. Rose was 11-for-18.