Raptors 104, 76ers 86


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Chris Bosh scored 27 points and Joey Graham had 18 to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 104-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

Anthony Parker scored 18 points, and T.J. Ford had 13 points and 10 assists for the Raptors, who used a pair of 14-0 runs to make easy work of the worst team in the Eastern Conference.

Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 15 points, and Samuel Dalembert and Willie Green each scored 13.

The win against the miserable Sixers was the start the Raptors needed against a stretch of sub-.500 teams if they want to take control of the Atlantic Division. The Raptors will play four teams with losing records in a five-game homestand starting Wednesday.

Toronto (18-21) has won five of seven overall as it creeps back toward .500.

Bosh has really sparked the Raptors since returning from a knee injury. He entered the game averaging 23.4 points and 10.1 rebounds in January and appears to be on his way to a spot on the All-Star team.

Bosh scored 11 straight points to help the Raptors build a double-digit lead late in the second half, and send the Sixers to their sixth loss in seven games. While Toronto is hoping for a playoff spot, revamped Philadelphia is already playing out the string.

The game was competitive for about 17 minutes before Bosh got rolling. He converted consecutive three-point plays, the second starting a 14-0 run that put the Raptors ahead 46-35.

Bosh added a driving layup and a 3-pointer – only his sixth of the season – early in the run, then capped it with a pair of free throws. The Sixers shouldn’t have been too shocked to see the 6-foot-10 Bosh hitting from long distance; Bosh beat the Sixers in Toronto with his first 3-pointer in 17 months back in November.

The Sixers heard some scattered boos, but with a skimpy crowd of about 8,000, they never got very loud. Each loss knocks the crowd down a few hundred more. Soon, the loudest noise the Sixers care about will be the pingpong balls rattling around at the draft lottery.

It was more of the same in the second half, though Bosh was more of a bystander in the next 14-0 run. He scored a layup early and another that ended the spurt, putting the Raptors up 75-53.

Green interrupted the run only for Parker to sink a 3. The Raptors ended the third quarter ahead 82-58.

Notes: The Sixers are 3-21 when trailing at the half. … Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks was whistled for a technical foul. … The Raptors shot 54 percent and outrebounded the Sixers 38-34.

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