SEATTLE (AP) - At one point in his young career, free throw shooting was a weakness for Chris Bosh. Now, he forces the issue just to get more attempts from the line.
Bosh made a team-record 17 free throws without a miss and finished with 29 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Seattle SuperSonics 121-113 on Friday night.
"That's free points," Bosh said. "You're going to have to reward yourself for taking it hard to the lane and putting pressure on their big guys, putting them in foul trouble and making them pay."
Bosh added 13 rebounds for his 19th double-double of the season. His 17 consecutive free throws in a game without a miss broke Vince Carter's team record of 13. The 17-for-17 performance was the best in the NBA this season, besting Dirk Nowitzki's 15-for-15.
In his rookie season, Bosh shot 70 per cent at the line. He upped the mark to 76 per cent last season and came into Friday shooting 80 per cent. In his last seven games, Bosh is 57-for-67 (85 per cent) at the foul line.
"I just think it's concentration," Bosh said. "I spent a great deal of my time shooting free throws. As many jump shots as I take, I try to shoot as many free throws."
Toronto made 36 of 39 free throws (92 per cent) and shot 50 per cent (11-for-22) on three-pointers. The Raptors were 21-for-22 at the line in the fourth quarter.
Jalen Rose continued his scoring surge with 28 points in his first start since Dec. 3. Coach Sam Mitchell inserted Rose into the starting lineup in place of rookie Joey Graham.
The move worked. Rose scored 14 in the first half, shot 9-of-12 and added seven assists. Rose had been averaging 20.6 over his last five games and helped the Raptors break a three-game road losing streak.
Rose was also 8-for-9 on foul shots.
"That's the way you slow the game down against a team like Seattle," Rose said. "We did a better job in the second half of putting defence in the game."
With the teams exchanging leads, Bosh finally put the Raptors ahead in the final minutes. His jumper with 1:26 left, as the shot clock expired, put the Raptors up 113-111. Ray Allen then missed for Seattle and Bosh, Rose and Morris Peterson made eight free throws in the final 90 seconds.
Rashard Lewis led Seattle with 25 points. Allen scored 24 in his return from a three-game suspension for fighting, but shot just 2-of-10 in the second half.
Seattle dropped its fourth straight.
"They are really athletic. Every player they put out there is athletic. We just didn't move our feet," Seattle coach Bob Hill said. "We didn't keep them in front and we reached too much. That's the bottom line."
With the two worst defences in the league on the court, a shootout was inevitable. Seattle was giving up a league-worst 105 points per game, and Toronto was next at 102.
They didn't disappoint.
The teams combined for 122 points in the first half and were tied at 88 after three quarters. All five Raptors starters were in double figures midway through the third quarter.
Seattle led 104-101 with 5:24 left after a perfect lob pass from Luke Ridnour to Nick Collison for a dunk. The Raptors scored the next six for a 107-104 advantage and never trailed again. Peterson finished with 18, Mike James had 17 and Matt Bonner scored 11.
"When we move the basketball, we're a good team, because we do have guys that can shoot," Mitchell said. "The way we moved the ball at times tonight, we had some possessions where five guys touched the basketball."
Ridnour scored 17 for Seattle and Reggie Evans added 11 off the bench. Seattle outscored Toronto 62-28 in the paint, but had 21 fewer free throw attempts.
Allen returned after being suspended for fighting with Orlando's Keyon Dooling on Jan. 11. Seattle's dependency on Allen became clear in his absence, as the Sonics went 0-3 and rarely challenged in any of the defeats to Miami, the Clippers and Golden State.
Notes: Toronto center Rafael Araujo was inactive with a sore right shoulder. He had tests conducted on the shoulder the last two days, but results were not available on Friday. . . . Seattle added former all-star Detlef Schrempf as an assistant coach on Friday.