Bosh hits milestone

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

Toronto power forward Chris Bosh had no idea he reached a major milestone in last night's 100-82 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Bosh played his usual hard-nosed match, scoring 16 and adding 12 rebounds, while fighting tooth and nail under the Toronto basket.

But virtually lost in his club's fifth road victory of the season was a very significant stat. The Raptors power forward became the third-youngest player in NBA history last night to reach the 1,000 career rebound plateau. His 12 boards against the Nets gives him 1006 in 130 games, at the age of 20 years and 335 days. Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves reached the 1,000 mark in 143 games at the age of 20 years and 308 days while former Raptor, now with the Houston Rockets, Tracy McGrady accomplished the feat in 186 contests at the age 20 years, 320 days. In terms of rebounds per game, however, Bosh out-shines his two competitors, averaging 7.8 to 7.0 and 5.4 for Garnett and McGrady respectively.

"That's good," said Bosh, with typically low-key enthusiasm. "I guess I'll have to get 2000 next."

Bosh claimed that he had no idea going into the game that his 1,000 rebound was within his reach.

"It just shows that I need to keep rebounding and doing the things that I'm doing because something's working," he said. "I'm going to keep at it."


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