Bosh goes for a drive

Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh (4)  is fouled Philadelphia 76ers' Samuel Dalembert as he drives to the...

Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh (4) is fouled Philadelphia 76ers' Samuel Dalembert as he drives to the basket during the first half of a basketball game Friday,Nov. 9, 2007 in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

Chris Bosh has not been happy with the consistency of his jumper.

With the shots not falling, Bosh has decided to put his head down and drive to the basket. The results have been 32 trips to the free-throw line in the past two games, prior to last night, and 30 points from the charity stripe.

"That's my whole thing right now," Bosh said. "I'm trying to get easy points. Getting to the free-throw line makes things a lot easier. It's a lot easier than shooting jump shots because my percentage from the field isn't that good right now. If I'm wide open I'll take the shot, but if a guy is on me and I feel I have an advantage, I'll take it to the basket."

In both those games he had opposing centres Dwight Howard and Sam Dalembert in foul trouble early on and playing with five fouls in crunch time.

Coach Sam Mitchell has been impressed.

"The nights when you have the jumper going and you feel good, it's easier for you. But when you're not making shots, you have to get in that paint, demand the basketball and be strong with it."

STARTING WELL IS GOOD

Remember those three consecutive poor starts against Boston, Milwaukee and Orlando? The Raps dug themselves a hole and while they managed to dig their way out in two of the three games (Boston and Orlando), they spent so much energy getting back on even terms, they had nothing left for the stretch drive and lost anyway.

Compare that to Friday night in Philadelphia when the Raps were up 24-19 after a quarter and 47-39 at the half.

How important is getting off to a good start?

Philadelphia scored more points in the second half versus Toronto (64) than Milwaukee did in the first half on Tuesday (63).


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