Bosh Scores 36 Points, Leads Raptors to 100-90 Win Over Nets

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Chris Bosh scored 23 of his 36 points in the second half and the slumping Toronto Raptors kept the New Jersey Nets on the road to an NBA single-season record for losses with a 100-90 victory Saturday night.

Jarrett Jack added 15 points, and Hedo Turkoglu had 13 as the Raptors won for only the third time in 13 games and sent New Jersey (7-62) to its seventh straight loss.

At 7-62 with 13 games left, the Nets are in danger of breaking the NBA mark for single-season futility, set by Philadelphia (9-73) in 1972-73.

Devin Harris, returning after missing two games because of a respiratory infection, had 22 points for the Nets, who extended their franchise-record losing streak at home to 13 games. Brook Lopez added 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Coupled with Chicago's win over Philadelphia, the Raptors have a 2 1/2-game lead over Chicago in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Bosh, who was playing in his 500th game as a Raptor, was the difference in this game. He was 16-of-27 from the field and seemingly wanted the ball in the second half with the Raptors down three points at the half.

After the Nets extended their lead to 55-48 in the opening minutes of the third quarter, Bosh hit 7-of-10 shots the rest of the period to key a 32-15 run that gave Toronto an 80-70 lead entering the final quarter.

Bosh was particularly good at getting away from Lopez to hit open jumpers or blowing by him when he came out to guard him.

New Jersey got within seven points a couple of times down the stretch but Bosh hit two free throws with 4:58 to go and Sonny Weems scored on a layup for a 94-85 lead. Bosh iced the game with a big dunk seconds later.

Notes
Marcus Banks didn't make it off the Raptors bench but he got a technical foul from Bob Delaney for arguing a foul call against Andrea Bargnani. … Hedo Turkoglu and Reggie Evans also got technicals. The Nets were called for two technicals. … Toronto is 20-0 when holding opponents under 100 points. … Toronto swept the four-game season series.

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