Raptors 105, Hawks 92


TORONTO (AP) – Chris Bosh scored 21 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 105-92 victory Friday night over the Atlanta Hawks, who have lost eight straight.

Joey Graham tied a career high with 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Raptors, who never trailed.

Marvin Williams had 24 points for the Hawks.

Backup point guard Jose Calderon added a season-high 12 assists and 12 points for the Raptors, who had five players score in double figures. Starting point guard T.J. missed his third straight with a sprained right ankle.

Toronto shot 55 percent, compared to 48 for Atlanta. Bosh went 8-for-11 from field in his second game since missing 12 straight with an injured left knee.

Atlanta won its previous two games against Toronto, but was missing Josh Smith (hernia surgery). Toronto outscored Atlanta 44-28 in the paint.

Andrea Bargnani, the No. 1 pick in the draft, had 12 points in his first start at small forward for Toronto.

Graham had 13 points and Bosh added 12 as Toronto led 58-46 at halftime. Toronto shot 66 percent in the half.

Morris Peterson’s consecutive 3-pointers gave Toronto an 89-73 lead with 7:13 left in the fourth quarter.

Speedy Claxton converted a four-point play to cut the lead to 10 with 3:17 left, but Peterson made a running jumper and Bosh made two free throws 3:02 left.

Notes: Ford has missed three straight. … The Raptors assigned rookie forward P.J. Tucker to the Colorado 14ers of the NBA Development League on Friday. Tucker averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 16 games. He was drafted in the second round out of the University of Texas. … Former CFL quarterback Doug Flutie sat courtside.

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