Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 1/23

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

Raptors 119

(30-42, 9-29 away)

Bobcats 107

(15-56, 12-25 home)

    7:00 PM ET, April 1, 2005

    Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 31 30 27 31119
    CHA 18 34 28 27107

    Top Performers

    Tor: C. Bosh 27 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Cha: E. Okafor 29 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Bosh, Rose combine for 50

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Even with a win, the Raptors remain a divisive team.

    Chris Bosh scored 27 points and Jalen Rose had 23 to lead Toronto to a 119-107 victory Friday night over the Charlotte Bobcats.

    Donyell Marshall added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Rafer Alston also had 18 points for the Raptors, who ended a two-game losing streak two days after Rose questioned his teammates' character and commitment following a loss to Orlando.

    This time it was coach Sam Mitchell who was critical.

    "The way we won this game is not the way we want to play basketball," said Mitchell, upset the Bobcats shot 51 percent. "I thought we played very individualistic. We got the win, but we have to go home tomorrow, sit down as a group and have a long talk."

    Toronto, on the verge of missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season, had only six turnovers after committing 23 in the loss to the Magic.

    But Mitchell said he still saw too much one-on-one play as Toronto managed only 18 assists on its 42 field goals.

    "We have to do a better job of putting our personal feelings aside when you step on the court," Mitchell said. "We need to be professional and go play."

    Rose made his first four shots, and the Raptors hit 10 of their first 14 in building a 21-10 lead en route to the easy victory.

    "I discussed how I felt about this team last game, hopefully it will get better," Rose said. "We'll just have to see."

    Emeka Okafor had 29 points and 14 rebounds -- his 39th double-double -- for the Bobcats, and Matt Carroll added 17 points.

    The expansion Bobcats have lost three straight, and coach Bernie Bickerstaff said his team wasn't tough enough defensively.

    "It comes down to finding a way to stop them," Bickerstaff said after his team allowed 51-percent shooting. "It takes a hell of an effort, and it takes some personal pride."

    Bickerstaff hinted that Okafor had to toughen up defensively, after watching him guard Bosh.

    "We all have to be better with our rotations," Okafor said. "This is our first time playing together, so we are going through the same growing pains together. (Bosh) made some crazy shots today. I tried to knock him off balance, but he was throwing them up and they were going in."

    Game notes

    Mitchell said he talked to Rose about his outburst. "You can be frustrated, but there are appropriate ways to do things, and it just wasn't appropriate to say the things he said about his teammates," Mitchell said. Rose stood by his comments. "What I said was true," Rose said. ... The Bobcats, who went 1-3 on their homestand, will play seven of their final 11 games on the road.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 119 107
    FGM-FGA 42-83 (.506) 37-72 (.514)
    3PM-3PA 8-17 (.471) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 27-31 (.871) 28-34 (.824)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-37 8-40
    Assists 18 27
    Turnovers 6 15
    Steals 8 3
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 16 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 21 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 17 4

    Top Performers

    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 27
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Emeka Okafor Okafor
    Points: 29
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0