"You want to be in the playoffs but unfortunately it won't happen this year," Crawford said. "Now you get the young guys some experience and hopefully ruin some dreams on the other side.
"Coming into this year, we were as deep a team as anybody out there and we added Zach Randolph," Crawford added. "On paper I thought we'd be really good, but unfortunately it didn't go our way."
Randolph missed the game because of flu-like symptoms.
Toronto went 2-8 in early March when Bosh sat out for 10 games with a sore right knee. He's averaging 19.8 points in five games since returning March 19 against Miami.
"I've been working hard in practice trying to get my legs back," Bosh said. "I feel that I can really help this team out and I'll be 100 percent when it counts."
Toronto has gone 3-2 with Bosh back on the floor.
"He brings a different dynamic," Crawford said of Bosh. "He's quicker than most bigs he plays against. If you double team, you've kind of got to pick your poison because they've got shooters all around the floor. They can spread you out a little bit."
Leading 32-23 after the first, Toronto widened the gap to 47-30 at 5:43 on a follow dunk by Bargnani and a 3-pointer by Carlos Delfino. Two baskets by Jeffries and a pair of 3-pointers by Crawford keyed a 14-0 New York run over the next five minutes before a Bosh jumper gave the Raptors a 49-44 edge at the intermission.
A rare 3-pointer by Bosh, his fifth of the season, at 3:22 of the third, gave Toronto a 71-59 edge, and the Raptors took a 76-68 lead into the fourth.
"Toronto did a good job of keeping us at bay," Thomas said. "Whenever we tried to make a run, Bosh was there to answer it."
Referee Michael Smith was checked by medical staff after crashing into a courtside advertising board in a collision with Richardson late in the third. Smith was able to finish the game. ... Nesterovic has reached double figures in scoring in eight straight games. ... Toronto dressed forward Linton Johnson, who signed a 10-day contract Thursday, but he did not play.