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Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh drained a desperation three-pointer against the Philadelphia 76ers at...

Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh drained a desperation three-pointer against the Philadelphia 76ers at the ACC last night. (Toronto Sun/Ernest Doroszuk)

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

Chris Bosh was asked last night how many three-point shots he took this summer.

"A lot, a lot," the Raptors star said, unable to come up with a number.

However many it was, that new weapon in his arsenal sure came in handy with the game on the line last night.

Bosh's desperation three over Chris Webber, from 32 feet with 6.1 seconds left, lifted the Raptors to a dramatic 106-104 win over Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers in front of 15,831 jubilant fans at the Air Canada Centre.

Bosh had no choice but to shoot on the broken play as the shot clock had one tick left. The incredible three put the Raptors up 105-102. Bosh nailed both of his three-point attempts for his first long-range connections of the year. Last season, he was 0-for-13 from downtown.

"Emergency situation," said Bosh, who had another fantastic game, notching 29 points and 14 rebounds. "Desperate times call for desperate measures."

NAILBITER

A terrible crunch-time team last season, the Raptors did the opposite down the stretch this time around to win their first real nailbiter of the season. After Kyle Korver made a couple of free throws for the Sixers and Jose Calderon made one of two for the Raptors in the wake of Bosh's three-pointer, Andre Iguodala missed a potential game-winning three at the buzzer to cap the frantic finish.

In a game where the Raptors were outrebounded (53-45) and outshot (49.4%-40.9%), Bosh came to the rescue in heroic fashion. Less than a minute before his three, he made an outstanding drive to the basket for a clutch basket and foul.

"The scary thing is he's 22-years-old," said Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, who fell back on the scorer's table and raised his arms in celebration after Bosh's clutch shot. "You can't say enough about him. He's a man."

Bosh, who never found his groove at the tail end of close games last year, was aided in a big way by the bench last night. Because of the inspired play of Joey Graham (16 points) and Kris Humphries (six points, five rebounds), Bosh received some much-needed rest at the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth. He played 36 minutes overall.

"Our depth is really helping us out," Bosh said. "It helped me a lot in the fourth quarter because I was able to run ... I was a lot more fresh in the fourth quarter."

Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, had a game-high 35 points, but the Raptors did a decent job against The Answer, making him shoot 12-for-26 against a host of defenders, including starter Anthony Parker, Jose Calderon, Fred Jones and Morris Peterson.

The Sixers started slowly but came alive thanks to Iverson, Chris Webber and Montreal-raised Samuel Dalembert, who made Bosh work for everything and finished with 13 points and 18 rebounds.

"We did a lot of things not well, we didn't shoot well, gave up some key offensive rebounds, missed some free throws but our guys kept fighting," Mitchell said. "We just found a way."

mike.koreen@tor.sunpub.com


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