Bosh a force

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Chris Bosh could not care less about individual statistics.

"I don't care. We didn't win," the Raptors sophomore said after he scored a career-high 29 points in a 122-113 loss against the Dallas Mavericks yesterday at the Air Canada Centre.

It was a very impressive game for Bosh, who played through foul trouble before going out with his sixth foul in the dying seconds. He hit 13 of 14 free throws and has averaged 12.2 free throw attempts the past six games.

Bosh might be a candidate to win his second Eastern Conference player of the week award this season. He finished with an average of 23.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.0 block in three games this week. He hit 20 of 35 shots from the field (.571) and was 30 of 35 from the charity stripe.

Bosh is using his power game nicely.

"That's my strength right now. Getting to the basket," he said. "If they don't call a foul, maybe they'll do it later."

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For the second game in a row, Raptors coach Sam Mitchell had point guards Rafer Alston and Milt Palacio on the floor together for a good chunk of the second half.

In both games, they played well together and help the team whittle down large deficits.

Alston was a force on defence in the fourth quarter, making three steals in a row at one point in the quartter.

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Alston seemed to suggest the team needs to work harder to prepare for teams after the game yesterday.

"Preparation is key, especially in professional sports," he said.

"Those guys can score from every angle in a variety of ways.

"You've got to know their strengths and weaknesses and you've got to make them take tough shots.

"Dirk (Nowitzki) was getting so many shots, it's like target practice."


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