Chris Bosh 26 points, 15 rebounds as Raptors earn fifth straight win

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Chris Bosh has had one taste of a division title. Now he wants another.
Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Andrea Bargnani scored 17 points and the Toronto Raptors won their fifth straight game, beating the Indiana Pacers 117-102 on Sunday night.
"Bosh was just too much for us," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "He played like he normally plays. He's a great basketball player."
Toronto has won 15 of 20 games, pulling within 41/2 of Boston for the Atlantic Division lead. The Celtics lost 90-89 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, their third straight defeat.
With his team surging and the Celtics struggling, Bosh is hoping the Raptors can win another division title, like they did in 2006-07.
"I've kind of been holding on to that feeling for a while now," Bosh said. "I want to get back to that. I want to get back to that feeling and I think we have an opportunity to do that here.
"I have the confidence, I think the whole team has the confidence," Bosh added. "We have to keep winning and hopefully (Boston) will continue to struggle, or one of those top four teams."
Elsewhere in the NBA it was: Cleveland 114 Los Angeles Clippers 89; Denver 103 San Antonio 89; Oklahoma City 112 Golden State 104; Orlando 91 Detroit 86; Philadelphia 83 New Jersey 79; Minnesota 112 New York 91; and Phoenix 115 Houston 111.
At Toronto, Jarrett Jack scored 16 points and was one of seven Raptors to reach double figures as Toronto shot a season-best 60.2 per cent (50 for 83) and topped 100 points for the 13th straight game.
Jack said the Raptors have bought in to Bosh's goal.
"We look at the standings every day," Jack said. "We want to create some separation from the teams behind us and gain some ground on the teams in front of us."
Toronto's Hedo Turkoglu, who had season highs of 26 points and 11 rebounds Thursday at New York, was knocked out in the first minute of this one when he took an elbow in the face from Mike Dunleavy. Turkoglu suffered a fractured orbital bone, beneath his right eye, and will be re-evaluated Monday.
Toronto will also try to find a protective mask for Turkoglu before its next game, Tuesday at Indiana.
Luther Head scored 15 points as Indiana lost its third straight. Troy Murphy and Brandon Rush each had 14.
Danny Granger came in averaging nearly 30 points in his past three games against Toronto but was ineffective in this one, tasked with guarding Bosh and slowed by early fouls. Granger shot 3-for-13 and scored just eight points.
"He's a tough guard," Granger said. "I mean, he's an all-star. I've played well against him in the past but, once I got into foul trouble, there's not much I can do."
The Pacers, who overcame a 23-point, second-quarter deficit to beat Toronto 105-101 on Jan. 11 in Indianapolis, trailed 95-86 through three quarters before tying it on Head's three-pointer with 7:59 left, capping an 11-2 run to start the fourth.
Bosh made three baskets as the Raptors replied with an 8-1 spurt, making it 105-98 with 5:39 remaining, and Toronto wasn't challenged again.
"We just ran out of gas," a downcast Granger said. "We just didn't have it."
Bargnani, hampered by a sore foot and held to just two points in Thursday's 106-104 victory at New York, started for Toronto but rookie DeMar DeRozan (sprained right ankle) missed his third straight game, with Sonny Weems taking his place and scoring a career-high 13 points.
Jose Calderon scored 10 points in the second quarter and Jack added six more as Toronto led 63-59 at the half.
Lakers 90 Celtics 89
At Boston, Kobe Bryant sank a go-ahead fallaway jumper with 7.3 seconds left to send the struggling Celtics to their sixth loss in eight games.
Cavaliers 114 Clippers 89
At Cleveland, LeBron James scored half of the Cavaliers' 46 points in the first quarter and streaking Cleveland tied an NBA record with 11 three-pointers in the opening period of their victory over Los Angeles.
Nuggets 103 Spurs 89
At San Antonio, Kenyon Martin scored 27 points and Denver won again without Carmelo Anthony.
Thunder 112 Warriors 104
At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored a season-high 45 points to take over second place in the NBA scoring race, Russell Westbrook added 28 points and eight assists, and the Thunder beat Golden State.
Magic 91 Pistons 86
At Auburn Hills, Mich., J.J. Redick scored 17 points and Dwight Howard overcame free-throw problems to put up 16 points and 14 rebounds as Orlando beat struggling Detroit.
76ers 83 Nets 79
At East Rutherford, N.J., Andre Iguodala scored 14 points, including seven in a key portion of the third quarter, leading Philadelphia over New Jersey.
Timberwolves 112 Knicks 91
At Minneapolis, Kevin Love had a career-high 25 points to go with 11 rebounds and Minnesota exacted a little payback on New York.
Suns 115 Rockets 111
At Houston, Amare Stoudemire scored a season-high 36 points, Victoria's Steve Nash handed out 16 assists and Phoenix beat the Rockets in overtime.

Organizations: Toronto Raptors, Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

Geographic location: Toronto, Boston, New York Oklahoma City Golden Indiana Cleveland Indianapolis Los Angeles San Antonio Denver Auburn Hills Orlando Detroit East Rutherford, N.J. Philadelphia New Jersey Minneapolis Minnesota Houston Victoria Phoenix

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