Published February 03, 2010
TORONTO (AP) — Chris Bosh scored 20 points, Sonny Weems set career highs with 14 points and 11 rebounds and the short-handed Toronto Raptors beat the New Jersey Nets 108-99 on Wednesday night, their fifth win in six games.
A night after scoring a career-high 34 points in a road loss to Indiana, Andrea Bargnani had 20 points for Toronto.
Antoine Wright added a season-high 18 points and to help Toronto top 100 points for the 15th consecutive game. Toronto is 10-5 in that span.
Raptors guard Jarrett Jack started despite flulike symptoms and finished with 17 points and nine assists.
Yi Jianlian and Devin Harris each scored 15 points for the Nets, who lost their fourth straight to drop to 4-44. Former Raptors forward Kris Humphries had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Courtney Lee added 14 points, Brook Lopez had 12 and Jarvis Hayes had 11 for New Jersey.
The Raptors were without guard Jose Calderon (right ankle), guard DeMar DeRozan (right ankle) and forward Hedo Turkoglu (facial fracture).
Calderon had an MRI on Wednesday night, while Turkoglu is being fitted for a protective mask after fracturing the orbital bone beneath his right eye Sunday against Indiana. Turkoglu and DeRozan are expected to return Sunday against Sacramento.
The Raptors used an 11-1 run late in the third and early in the fourth to make it 89-79 with 9:39 remaining, forcing the Nets to call timeout. Lee hit a 3-pointer and Hayes made a jumper as New Jersey cut it to 97-90 with 5:45 left, but Jack replied with a 3 for Toronto, pushing the lead back to double digits.
Toronto led 15-4 early and was up 28-22 after one but went cold to start the second, missing nine straight field goal attempts as the Nets jumped in front with a 20-3 run, taking a 42-31 lead.
Jack ended the drought with a layup at 5:55 of the second, sparking a 15-4 Toronto run as the Raptors tied it at 46 with 3:28 left in the quarter. Toronto led 57-56 at the half.
Bargnani scored nine points in the third, but Yi had 10 to keep the Nets close. Toronto led 83-78 heading into the fourth.
Notes: New Jersey is 1-24 on the road. ... Weems converted an alley-oop off of Jack's inbounds pass in the second. ... Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney sat courtside, as did Toronto Maple Leafs players Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf. ... Rapper Vanilla Ice performed the halftime show.