CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Even with a win, the Raptors remain a
Chris Bosh scored 27 points and Jalen Rose had 23 to lead
Toronto to a 119-107 victory Friday night over the Charlotte
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."
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.