TORONTO (AP) -- Chris Bosh didn't make a 3-pointer last season.
So he worked on his long-range shooting last summer, and it paid
off Wednesday night.
Bosh made a go-ahead 3 with 6.1 seconds left and finished with
29 points and 14 rebounds, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 106-104
victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Philadelphia's Chris Webber knocked the ball away from Bosh
before he retrieved it and pulled up for a 3-pointer just before
the shot clock expired -- drawing laughter from his teammates and
coach Sam Mitchell.
Bosh made his first 3-pointer of the season earlier in the game,
his first since April 13, 2005, against New York. He went 0-for-13
from behind the arc last season.
"It was an emergency situation," Bosh said, laughing.
"Desperate times call for desperate measures. I was just trying to
score. That's why I had the ball. I've been working on that and
I've been thinking about that all year, and I didn't want to lose
The All-Star forward made it a point to work on his 3-point
shooting last summer. He is 10-for-40 in his career.
"It was a hell of a shot," point guard T.J. Ford said. "It
happened at the right time. He's an All-Star player. He made it
happen for us."
Allen Iverson had 35 points and 10 assists for the Sixers, who
have dropped two straight after winning their first three games of
the season. Philadelphia lost to Indiana on Tuesday night.
Iverson said Bosh's shot was no fluke.
"I don't want to say that he just threw it up there because I
have seen him make that shot before," Iverson said. "It was a
good shot and those are the kind of shots you need from your star
player to win basketball games."
Andre Iguodala missed a long jumper at the buzzer that could
have tied it. Samuel Dalembert had 18 rebounds and 13 points before
fouling out with 57 seconds left.
"That was a tough one," Iguodala said. "We were playing great
defense on that possession and he made a great shot. If there was
anything that we would settle for and given up, that was it. We
still got a hand up in his face and he made a great shot."
Bosh's jump hook as he faded away from the basket gave Toronto a
100-98 lead. Dalembert fouled out on the play, but Bosh missed the
Iverson followed with an 18-foot jumper to tie it.
Ford followed with a layup, but Webber made a short hook shot to
tie it at 102 with 29 seconds to go.
After a timeout, Ford passed the ball to Bosh. Webber knocked it
away, but Bosh recovered and hit his big shot.
"We wanted Chris to get the ball, but obviously not at half
court -- but he told me last summer he wanted to work on his 3-point
shooting," Mitchell said.
Jose Calderon made just one of two free throws -- giving
Philadelphia a chance to tie -- but Iguodala couldn't connect.
Toronto won despite shooting 40 percent. Philadelphia shot 49
percent and outrebounded the Raptors 53-45.
"That is the most frustrating part. We shoot 50 percent and
they shoot 40 percent. We outrebound them and still lose by two,"
Iverson said. "That's tough and it's hard to say anything negative
about us, or our performance, but when it is all said and done they
got the win."
Toronto G Anthony Parker was drafted by Philadelphia in
1997 and played one year there before playing in Europe for five
years. Parker didn't have much of an opportunity in Philadelphia
because he was stuck behind Iverson, Aaron McKie, Jerry Stackhouse,
Jim Jackson and Larry Hughes. ... Dalembert, who moved to Montreal
as a teenager, said there's always a chance he'll play for Canada.
Dalembert, who is from Haiti, once applied for a Canadian passport,
but was told he'd spent too much time in the United States.