Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 23, 2007
TORONTO — Chris Bosh scored 20 points and Jose Calderon had a season-high 19 points and 11 assists to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 105-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.
Andrea Bargnani added 14 points for the Raptors, who played without starting point guard T.J. Ford (sore right ankle). Calderon, Toronto’s backup point guard, has played well with Ford hobbled in recent games.
Toronto allowed Charlotte to shoot 58 percent in the first half, but the Raptors stifled Charlotte’s offense with a zone defense in the third quarter.
The Raptors outscored the Bobcats 21-8 in the third, when Charlotte shot just 4-for-18.
Gerald Wallace had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats, who had won five of their previous seven. Raymond Felton had 19 points and eight assists after missing two games with an ankle injury.
Bargnani, the No. 1 pick in the draft, finished 5-for-10 from the field. Adam Morrison, the third pick, went 1-for-6 for just three points.
Toronto is 2-1 on a five-game homestand that finish with Boston and New Orleans.
Bargnani had nine points in Toronto’s 37-point first quarter — its highest-scoring opening period this season. Wallace had 11 of his 15 first-half points in the second quarter, cutting the lead to three by halftime.
Toronto outscored Charlotte 49-31 in the second half.
Pacers 98, Bulls 91
INDIANAPOLIS — Jermaine O’Neal had 22 points and 10 rebounds points as the Indiana Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls 98-91 on Monday night to snap a four-game losing streak and win for the first time since making an eight-player trade last week.
Darrell Armstrong had 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Pacers.
Ben Gordon scored 21 of his 31 points in the second half for Chicago. Luol Deng had 18 points and eight rebounds and Kirk Hinrich had 14 points before fouling out late in the game.
Magic 90, Cavaliers 79
CLEVELAND — Grant Hill scored 22 points, Dwight Howard added 18 with 13 rebounds and the Orlando Magic snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the listless Cleveland Cavaliers 90-79.
LeBron James had 18 points for the weary Cavaliers, who just completed a seven-game trip out West and were playing their fifth game in seven nights.
Heat 101, Knicks 83
MIAMI — Playing without their two All-Stars, the Miami Heat scored a franchise-record 27 consecutive points and beat the New York Knicks 101-83.
Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal watched from the bench as Miami raced to a 29-3 lead after 81/2 minutes.
Spurs 93, Celtics 89
BOSTON — Tim Duncan remained unbeaten against the Boston Celtics, finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds.
Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker each scored 15 points for the Spurs, who have won 18 straight against the Celtics and nine in a row in Boston.