The men who would beat Kings

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

Chris Bosh put on weight in the off-season. Which is good, because he is starting to carry the Raptors.

Bosh picked up a double-double for the second consecutive game, scoring 23 points with 13 rebounds, as the Raptors defeated the powerful Sacramento Kings 96-93 last night at the Air Canada Centre.

It was the first time since Nov. 5 -- the second game of the season -- that the Raptors (12-21) have won two in a row.

"The scoring is great, but I'm just so impressed with his rebounding and his toughness," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said of Bosh. "He's been putting a lot of extra time in the gym, and it's paying off."

The icing on the cake came for Bosh with 13.2 seconds left, and the 18,288 fans screaming their support, when he outmuscled Sacramento centre Darius Songaila for a defensive rebound and was fouled. Bosh missed both frees but the rebound was large as it kept the Raptors' lead at four.

"Being aggressive, that's my main thing," Bosh said of his recent stellar play. "I've been putting in a lot of extra work since we got home from the (Christmas) break."

Bosh was huge, as was Jalen Rose off the bench. Rose, who had great success posting up all night, picked up 20 points. Rose has been very effective coming off the bench for Toronto, even though it's not an ideal situation for the 11-year NBAer.

"When you're Jalen Rose, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't," the outspoken vet said. "If I go out and play bad and start off and go 0-for-4, I'm probably going to get taken out of the game and criticized. If I come out and play good, then it's '(the coach) is doing a good job motivating Jalen, Jalen should stay on the bench.'

"I stated my position on it (not happy) and I'm just going to be a pro about the situation. I enjoy playing and I enjoy playing here. When my number's called, I'm going to go out there and ball."

Rookie forward Matt Bonner again was given wide open shots in the fourth quarter, picking up six of his 10 points in the last 12 minutes. Morris Peterson had 19 for Toronto.

The Kings lost for only the 10th time in 30 games despite a 32-point effort from point guard Mike Bibby.

Sacramento's star power forward Chris Webber struggled in the face of Bosh, shooting 6-for-21 for 13 points. Webber was forced to leave the game with 2:38 left when he picked up his sixth foul.

Raps guard Rafer Alston, in a tough battle all night with Bibby, shot 2-for-13 but did have 10 assists. Rookie centre Rafael Araujo had 14 boards in 20 minutes for Toronto.


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