Raptors rip hurtin’ Celts


TORONTO – Chris Bosh had 26 points and Anthony Parker added a career-high 23 to lead the Toronto Raptors past the injury-riddled Boston Celtics 96-90 on Friday night.

Toronto went on a 19-0 fourth quarter run as Boston went more than 6 minutes without scoring.

The Atlantic-Division leading Raptors reached .500 (22-22) this late in the season for the first time since Feb. 2003.

Toronto finished 4-1 on a homestand during which they played four teams with records below. 500.

Al Jefferson had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who have lost 10 straight – their longest skid since losing 10 in a row from March 20 to April 7 in 2000.

The Celtics are missing Paul Pierce, Wally Szczerbiak and Tony Allen.

Parker’s previous career-high was 22 points in the first game of the season on Nov. 1 against New Jersey.

The swingman returned to the NBA after playing six seasons overseas, the last two of which he was Euroleague MVP for Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The Celtics trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, but they outscored the Raptors 28-20 in the third quarter. Jefferson scored six straight late in the third to give Boston its first lead of the game.

Ryan Gomes’ layup gave Boston a 79-73 lead with 7:22 left, but Toronto followed with its run. Parker’s 3-pointer, Jose Calderon’s layup and Bosh’s two free throws regained the lead for Toronto.

Morris Peterson’s 3-pointer and Bosh’s two free throws made it 92-79 with 1:29 remaining.

Cavaliers 105, 76ers 97

PHILADELPHIA – Drew Gooden scored 21 points, Larry Hughes added 16 and the Cleveland Cavaliers relied on a balanced offense without injured LeBron James, rallying from 17 points down to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-97 on Friday night.

Donyell Marshall had 17 points and nine assists and Damon Jones finished with 15 points for the Cavaliers, who had dropped five of six – including a double-overtime loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Spurs 112, Grizzlies 96

SAN ANTONIO – Tim Duncan had 26 points, 13 rebounds and a career-best nine blocked shots, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 112-96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

Tony Parker added 18 points and Manu Ginobili 17 for the Spurs, who won for the eighth time in 11 games. Michael Finley had 15 points and Brent Barry 13.

Hawks 93, Magic 90

ORLANDO, Fla. – Joe Johnson scored a season-high 39 points, Josh Smith had 24 and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to beat the Orlando Magic 93-90 on Friday night.

Johnson scored 26 points in the second half, when Atlanta shot 58 percent to overtake the Magic.

Hornets 88, Kings 84

NEW ORLEANS – Desmond Mason scored 24 points and Bobby Jackson added 15 against his former team to help the New Orleans Hornets hold off the Sacramento Kings 88-84 on Friday night.

Devin Brown, filling in for injured guard Chris Paul, scored 14 for New Orleans.

Wizards 99, Pistons 96

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Antawn Jamison scored a season-high 35 points and Gilbert Arenas had 25 to help the Washington Wizards hold off the Detroit Pistons 99-96 on Friday night, maintaining the best record in the Eastern Conference at the midway point of the season. Jamison, who had a pair of three-point plays midway through the fourth quarter, made a 3-pointer.

with 50.1 seconds left to give the Wizards a 95-94 lead.