Bosh has 23 points, 10 rebounds as Raptors win 8th straight at home, beat 76ers

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Elton Brand had a big problem when Philadelphia coach Eddie Jordan decided to go small.
Chris Bosh had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Jose Calderon converted a go-ahead four-point play as the Toronto Raptors held on to extend their home winning streak to eight games with a 104-93 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday night.
Brand was upset that Jordan replaced him with guard Royal Ivey to start the second half with the 76ers facing a 50-41 deficit. Ivey played the entire third quarter while Brand was on the bench until 1:48 remained in the third - by which time Philadelphia trailed 76-53.
"I don't call the shots, I just go out there and play the best I can," Brand said of the lineup switch. "I don't feel it was my fault, but I'm easy to get pulled, it seems."
Jordan acknowledged his move hadn't worked as planned.
"I went with a small lineup and it backfired," Jordan said. "It happens."
Toronto pulled away with an 11-1 run to start the third quarter as the 76ers missed five straight field-goal attempts. The loss snapped Philadelphia's five-game winning streak, which didn't help Brand's sour mood.
"We weren't down enough to switch what we've been doing in a five-game win streak," he said. "That's what we did and we paid for it. We were down too much to fight back, even though we almost won it."
While the lineup switch didn't work out, 76ers guard Louis Williams didn't consider it a failure.
"I wouldn't say it backfired because guys took the message," Williams said. "The message was, 'If you guys don't want to play, especially before the (all-star) break, we'll play other guys.' Once other guys came in the game, the message was very clear. We played that second half like we should have played the first half."
Elsewhere in the NBA it was: Miami 94 Atlanta 76; Miwaukee 97 New Jersey 77; Charlotte 93 Minnesota 92; Sacramento 93 Detroit 97; Orlando 107 Chicago 87; New Orleans 93 Boston 85; L.A. Lakers 96 Utah 81; Portland 108 Phoenix 101; and Golden State 132 L.A. Clippers 102.
At Toronto, Andrea Bargnani scored 16 points, and DeMar DeRozan and Sonny Weems each had 14 as the Raptors topped 100 for the 17th consecutive game.
Calderon and Amir Johnson each scored 10 points for the Raptors, who have won 14 of 15 at home.
Williams scored 26 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and Thaddeus Young had 15 for the 76ers in the final game before the break for both teams.
"After you come back from the all-star game, it's business," Bosh said. "We only have (30) games left. It's good to be rolling and have some kind of momentum and confidence going into the last part of the season because that's when the picture starts looking a little bit clearer for the playoffs. We're trying to get home court. We have to have that in our mind and we have to continue to push for it."
Brand had 11 points, and Willie Green scored 10 for Philadelphia.
The 76ers trailed 78-63 to start the fourth before rallying to tie it. Jason Smith's 3-pointer from the corner with 8:20 remaining made it 84-75, and a jumper by Green and a pair of free throws by Brand cut it to 86-81 with 5:20 remaining.
Toronto pushed its lead back to nine, but Williams made two more three-pointers and converted two layups to get the 76ers to within a basket before Young tied it 93-93 on a layup with 2:06 left.
At the other end, Green fouled Calderon on a successful three-pointer from the corner and the Raptors guard finished the four-point play, making it 97-93 with 1:42 to go.
After Antoine Wright stripped Williams, Bargnani hit a three-pointer and then made two free throws after he was fouled while grabbing a rebound, giving the Raptors a 102-93 lead with 32 seconds left. Toronto ended the game on an 11-0 run.
Philadelphia's Allen Iverson missed his fifth straight game to be with his sick daughter while Raptors forward Hedo Turkoglu was also excused to deal with a family illness. Weems replaced Turkoglu in Toronto's starting lineup.
Calderon fed Weems, Johnson and DeRozan for alley-oop dunks in the final two minutes of the opening quarter and also set DeRozan up for a driving layup as Toronto closed the first on a 10-4 run to lead 30-24 after one.
Bosh and Johnson each scored six points in the second to keep the Raptors in front, and DeRozan threw down a huge dunk off of Jack's miss, Toronto's seventh of the half. The Raptors led 50-41 at the half.

Heat 94 Hawks 76
At Atlanta, Jermaine O'Neal scored 19 points and Dwyane Wade had 18 as Miami took advantage of a thin bench to beat the Hawks.
Daequan Cook led the Heat reserves with 17 points and Udonis Haslem added 14 as Miami's backups outscored their Hawks counterparts 45-8. The Heat have won two straight heading into the all-star break.
Bucks 97 Nets 77
At East Rutherford, N.J., Andrew Bogut scored 22 points and Ersan Ilyasova added 18 as Milwaukee sent the Nets into the all-star break with loss No. 48.
A storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on the New York region kept the crowd at the IZOD Center to a turnstile count of 1,016, most of whom moved to the courtside seats and the first few rows of the lower bowl.
Bobcats 93 Timberwolves 92
At Minneapolis, Nazr Mohammed's dunk with 5.3 seconds left lifted Charlotte past Minnesota.
The Timberwolves outscored the Bobcats 22-13 in the fourth quarter and took a three-point lead with less than a minute to play. But after Boris Diaw missed a shot with less than 10 seconds left and the Bobcats trailing by a point, Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer saved the ball under his own basket.
The ball caromed off Al Jefferson and into the hands of Mohammed, who slammed the ball for the winning points.
Kings 103 Pistons 97
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Kevin Martin scored 26 points and Beno Udrih added 22 to lead Sacramento.
The Kings have won back-to-back road games after winning just three of their first 25 away from home. Andres Nocioni added 13 for Sacramento, while Tyreke Evans scored seven of his 13 in the final five minutes.
Magic 107 Bulls 87
At Chicago, Dwight Howard had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Orlando pulled away early for its 10th win in 12 games.
The Magic led 41-17 through the first quarter and didn't have to contend with all-star point guard Derrick Rose after he left with a bruised right hip following a hard foul by Howard in the opening minutes. That was a chilling sight on a night when little looked good for the Bulls, and the Magic could do no wrong.
Hornets 93 Celtics 85
At New Orleans, Darren Collison scored 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to help New Orleans hold on against Boston.
Peja Stojakovic scored 20 for the Hornets and Morris Peterson had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double in more than two seasons. David West added 15 points to help the Hornets go into the all-star break with two wins in their last three games.
Lakers 96 Jazz 81
At Salt Lake City, Pau Gasol had 22 points and 19 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers won their third straight without Kobe Bryant, beating Utah and ending the Jazz's nine-game winning streak.
Bryant rested his sore left ankle and the Lakers fared just fine without their superstar, getting 25 points and 11 rebounds from Lamar Odom and 18 points from Jordan Farmar. Gasol added five blocks as he and Odom shut down the lane and forced the Jazz outside.
Trail Blazers 108 Suns 101
At Phoenix, Steve Blake had 20 points and 12 assists, both season highs, and the depleted Portland Trail Blazers held off a late rally to snap the Suns' five-game winning streak.
The Blazers, who led by as many as 22 in the third quarter and 17 in the fourth, shot 58 per cent, the highest the Suns have allowed this season. Portland made 71 per cent of their first-half shots while ending a 10-game losing streak in Phoenix.
Warriors 132 Clippers 102/HL2
At Oakland, Calif., Stephen Curry recorded his first triple-double with a career-high 36 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers to snap season-high nine-game losing streak.
Anthony Tolliver added a career-high 29 points and Anthony Morrow had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State, which led by as much as 38 while playing without injured leading scorer Monta Ellis.

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