Rose bests papa

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

An e-mail message Jalen Rose received yesterday pumped him up for the Raptors' game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I woke up and somebody sent me an e-mail to tell me if I scored 10 points, I'd be able to pass my biological father (ex-NBA all-star Jimmy Walker) on the NBA all-time scoring list," Rose said. "I knew that if I got 10 points, it was going to be a good day. That's what I used as motivation for (yesterday's) game."

Rose scored a team-high 26 points yesterday to lead the Raptors to a 108-102 win at the Air Canada Centre, giving Rose 11,671 points for his career. Walker scored 11,655 points.

Rose never met his father.

"I've got to get on your reserach departments," Rose told reporters after the game. "You're all supposed to be telling me that. I know I've never met him, but damn."

TORONTO LOVES STARS

Torontonians may not flock to the ACC for every Raptors game, but they fill the joint when a marquee player comes to town.

The Raptors had their fifth sellout of the season yesterday, with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in town. The other sellouts came on opening night against the Houston Rockets (Tracy McGrady), the Phoenix Suns (Steve Nash), the Miami Heat (Shaquille O'Neal) and the Philadelphia 76ers (Allen Iverson).

NO FREEBIES FOR BOSH

For the first time in 41 games, Raptors forward Chris Bosh did not go to the free-throw line yesterday.

"I'm young and sometimes I'm not going to get there," said Bosh, who scored 12 points. "I just have to make sure I continue to establish myself going to the bucket. I can live with that (for one game). We won the game."

BRIEFLY

Donyell Marshall is averaging 13.6 points and nine rebounds in the past five games ... The Raptors tied a franchise record with seven three-pointers in the second quarter yesterday.


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