Bosh, bench bring it

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Bosh was a giant among, well, giant men last night.

The Raptors all-star forward came up huge, scoring 24 points, including 12 in the third quarter, while adding nine rebounds, to pace Toronto to a 80-77 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center last night

CB4 went to the free throw line 16 times, converting on 12. Bosh now has 2,847 rebounds to pass Antonio Davis for most in franchise history.

Davis set his mark after 310 games, while Bosh played in his 316th last night.

Trailing after a listless first half, the Raptors rallied thanks to the efforts by Bosh and an impressive showing from the bench -- a huge win for Toronto as yesterday's game marked the first of four in five days on the west coast.

The Clippers took possession of the ball trailing 77-73 with 32.8 seconds remaining. Small forward Richie Frahm nailed a long two to make it a two-point game with 26.6 on the clock. Just before that, Frahm hit a three and stole the ball from Anthony Parker.

Toronto point guard Jose Calderon, after killing some time on the dribble, then scored a clutch layup to give Toronto a four-point cushion with nine seconds left. Carlos Delfino then intercepted a Chris Kaman pass to make it academic.

Toronto's bench, led by eight points and eight rebounds by Delfino, and four boards and nine points by Kris Humphries, out-scored the Clipper substitutes, 24-16.

Rookie forward Jamario Moon finished with 16 points, tying a career high, and five rebounds.

Calderon picked up 12 points, with nine assists and six boards.

Parker shot 0-for-6 from the field.

The Raptors (15-11) were coming off a embarrasing 90-77 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday at the Air Canada Centre, their worst offensive output of the season. The Clippers fell to 9-15.

The Clippers' star centre, Chris Kaman, had a big game, collecting 12 points and 16 rebounds.

Corey Maggette had 22 points for L.A.

Bosh scored a long two with five and a half minutes left in the third quarter to give the Raptors a 57-56 lead, their first lead since "charging" to a 4-3 lead. Toronto trailed for much of the game, by as much as 11, but took control in the third quarter by outscoring Los Angeles 24-11.

The Clippers have been without forward Elton Brand (ruptured Achilles tendon) and Shaun Livingston (dislocated left knee cap) this season because of injuries and were without Sam Cassell (strained calf) in a loss Sunday against the Lakers.

The Raptors were without the services of starting point guard T.J. Ford for the fourth consecutive game because of an arm stinger.

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell called Kaman the second-best centre in the NBA, behind Tim Duncan.

The Raptors shot 17-for-44 in the first half and trailed 49-41. Parker and Bosh combined for 4-for-18 from the field. Kaman led the charge for L.A. in the first half, with 10 points and seven rebounds.

The Raptors stormed back in the third quarter, taking a 65-60 lead.


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