TORONTO (AP) – Chris Bosh had 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 106-102 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

T.J. Ford had 13 assists and 10 points for the Raptors, who are 5-2 at home but only 1-8 on the road.

Toronto shot 55 percent to Boston’s 52 percent in a game that was close throughout.

Paul Pierce had 19 points and nine assists for the Celtics, who have lost four of five.

Boston’s Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West missed 3-pointers in the final seconds. Bosh grabbed the rebound after West misfired.

Bosh has been slowed recently by a sore left knee, but he looked healthy against Boston – finishing 9-for-15 from the field and blocking three shots.

Toronto coach Sam Mitchell started Joey Graham instead of Fred Jones, who went scoreless in Dallas on Wednesday. Graham didn’t start the second half, though. Jorge Garbajosa slid over to small forward from center and Rasho Nesterovic played center.

Graham finished with eight points, while Jones had just three.

Pierce had only three points in the first half and Toronto led 58-51 at halftime. Toronto outscored Boston 28-19 in the second quarter. Anthony Parker had 10 of his 17 points in the quarter.

The Raptors play five of the next six away from home, including a game in New York on Saturday night.

Notes: Toronto beat Boston for just the third time in their last 12 games. … Andrea Bargnani, the top overall pick in the draft, has scored in double figures in five of his last seven games. Bargnani had 11 points, but went 4-for-13 from the field. … Raptors swingman Morris Peterson missed his sixth straight game with a torn tendon in his left elbow.

AP-ES-12-01-06 2152EST


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