SEATTLE (AP) -- At one point in his young career, free throw
shooting was a weakness for Chris Bosh. Now, he forces the issue
just to get more attempts from the line.
"That's free points," Bosh said. "You're going to have to
reward yourself for taking it hard to the lane and putting pressure
on their big guys, putting them in foul trouble and making them
Bosh added 13 rebounds for his 19th double-double of the season.
His 17 consecutive free throws in a game without a miss broke Vince
Carter's team record of 13. The 17-for-17 performance was the best
in the NBA this season, besting Dirk Nowitzki's 15-for-15.
In his rookie season, Bosh shot 70 percent at the line. He upped
the mark to 76 percent last season and came into Friday shooting 80
percent. In his last seven games, Bosh is 57-for-67 (85 percent) at
the foul line.
"I just think it's concentration," Bosh said. "I spent a
great deal of my time shooting free throws. As many jump shots as I
take, I try to shoot as many free throws."
Toronto made 36 of 39 free throws (92 percent) and shot 50
percent (11-for-22) on 3-pointers. The Raptors were 21-for-22 at
the line in the fourth quarter.
The move worked. Rose scored 14 in the first half, shot 9-of-12
and added seven assists. Rose had been averaging 20.6 over his last
five games and helped the Raptors break a three-game road losing
Rose was also 8-for-9 on foul shots.
"That's the way you slow the game down against a team like
Seattle," Rose said. "We did a better job in the second half of
putting defense in the game."
With the teams exchanging leads, Bosh finally put the Raptors
ahead in the final minutes. His jumper with 1:26 left, as the shot
clock expired, put the Raptors up 113-111. Ray Allen then missed
for Seattle and Bosh, Rose and Morris Peterson made eight free
throws in the final 90 seconds.
Rashard Lewis led Seattle with 25 points. Allen scored 24 in his
return from a three-game suspension for fighting, but shot just
2-of-10 in the second half.
Seattle dropped its fourth straight.
"They are really athletic. Every player they put out there is
athletic. We just didn't move our feet," Seattle coach Bob Hill
said. "We didn't keep them in front and we reached too much.
That's the bottom line."
With the two worst defenses in the league on the court, a
shootout was inevitable. Seattle was giving up a league-worst 105
points per game, and Toronto was next at 102.
They didn't disappoint.
The teams combined for 122 points in the first half and were
tied at 88 after three quarters. All five Raptors starters were in
double figures midway through the third quarter.
Seattle led 104-101 with 5:24 left after a perfect lob pass from
Luke Ridnour to Nick Collison for a dunk. The Raptors scored the
next six for a 107-104 advantage and never trailed again. Peterson
finished with 18, Mike James had 17 and Matt Bonner scored 11.
"When we move the basketball, we're a good team, because we do
have guys that can shoot," Mitchell said. "The way we moved the
ball at times tonight, we had some possessions where five guys
touched the basketball."
Ridnour scored 17 for Seattle and Reggie Evans added 11 off the
bench. Seattle outscored Toronto 62-28 in the paint, but had 21
fewer free throw attempts.
Allen returned after being suspended for fighting with Orlando's
Keyon Dooling on Jan. 11. Seattle's dependency on Allen became
clear in his absence, as the Sonics went 0-3 and rarely challenged
in any of the defeats to Miami, the Clippers and Golden State.
Toronto center Rafael Araujo was inactive with a sore right
shoulder. He had tests conducted on the shoulder the last two days,
but results were not available on Friday. ... Seattle added former
All-Star Detlef Schrempf as an assistant coach on Friday.