When Chris Bosh dominates under the basket and Rafer Alston nails a few shots, the Raptors are actually not that bad.
That formula worked yesterday as the Raptors finally devoured a weak opponent at home, hammering the Golden State Warriors 109-87 before 14,372.
The surging Bosh corralled a career-high 17 rebounds and scored 21 points on eight-of-nine shooting from the field for his fourth consecutive double-double, while Alston snapped an 0-for-23 shooting slump by draining his final six attempts.
"It felt great to be able to make some shots and get back into rhythm and flow of the game," said Alston, who was instrumental in a 15-0 third-quarter run that broke a 54-54 tie. "The great thing about it is I've got some good teammates who encouraged me to continue to shoot and they kept passing the ball to get back on track. To go 0-for-23, that was incredible."
Alston, who finished with 15 points (6-for-10) after going 0-for-12 in an overtime loss against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, ended his drought with a driving layup in the third.
From that point on, he was a different player, connecting on long, and sometimes covered, shots with ease. Alston's relief was evident when he wandered over to the scorer's table in the fourth quarter and said, "It's about time."
"I've never been 0-for-23, but I'm sure it's tough," Bosh said. "(Alston) was kind of getting down but I stuck with him and I said, 'You've got to shoot because if you stop that's not playing your game.' "
Bosh's game, meanwhile, just seems to keep getting better. His vicious dunk in the third quarter, during which the Raptors made 16 of 21 shots in outscoring the Warriors 36-17, symbolized how he's feeling.
His rebound total was a Raptors season-best and Bosh also leads the team with 11 double-doubles this year. The Raptors (13-22) are 7-0 when Bosh scores 20 or more points.
"I'm just being more aggressive towards the rebounds," Bosh said. "I'm figuring out where the ball is going to be and I'm just getting there before it gets there. Maybe the ball is just coming my way, but I'm going to keep riding it while it's hot."
The good news, on this day, could fill most of the sports section.
Rookie Rafael Araujo scored a career-high 14 points, the Raptors notched a season-high 67 points in the second half and Morris Peterson tied Bosh with a game-high 21 points (9-for-11). The Raptors were up by as many as 30 points in the fourth quarter, their largest lead of the season, and coasted to victory.
Keep in mind all this came against the lowly Warriors (11-23), who were missing top scorer Jason Richardson (sprained left ankle) and lost their fifth game in a row.
But for the not-great Raptors, any win is a good win. This one raised their record on their five-game homestand to 3-1.
"To play and know you're going to win is a real good feeling," Bosh said. "We wanted to come out there and take it to these guys when they were down."
The Raptors complete the season-long homestand Wednesday against the Boston Celtics.