Bosh gunning for club mark

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

Chris Bosh, the one-man Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech, is looking to crush a Toronto Raptors team record tonight.

The Raps' super sophomore is gunning for a ninth consecutive double-double when he takes the court against the New York Knicks at the Air Canada Centre. Should he accomplish the impressive feat, he would eclipse the mark previously held by Donyell Marshall and Antonio Davis.

While Bosh has been on an admirable run, he has a long way to go to rank with the NBA's best, however. Minnesota's Kevin Garnett, for example, has chalked up 34 double-doubles in his past 37 games.

Nevertheless Bosh's recent run highlights the developing talents of the 6-foot-10 forward, who was almost sheepish when informed that he was on the verge of rewriting Raptors history.

"I didn't even know it was a record,"he said. "I'm just a player.The only reason I got this far was because of my teammates."

Bosh is more concerned that the team continue its winning ways, a trend that could translate into a playoff berth.

"That would be very nice for the franchise, wouldn't it," he said.

Bosh and forward Morris Peterson are two of the players who have stepped to the forefront in the absence of Vince Carter, who was traded last month.

Also on the rise is point guard Rafer Alston, who seems to have shaken off the effects of his recent shooting drought and turned in arguably his finest showing in a Toronto uniform Monday night.

Just five weeks after a frustrated Alston threatened to quit the NBA, the former street ball star collected a career-high 15 assists -- including eight in the fourth quarter -- to help the Raps to a 100-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Heeding the advice of coach Sam Mitchell, Alston said yesterday he wants to keep the scoresheet, "the best one of my career."

"I'm just trying to take wide-open shots. It's a lot easier than when there is a hand in your face."


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