Calderon keeps cooking

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

Jose Calderon gave the Philadelphia 76ers the old Spanish onion last night.

The third-year Raptors point guard posted yet another strong game starting in place of T.J. Ford to lead Toronto to a 109-96 victory over the hapless 76ers and help snap a two-game losing streak.

The Spanish national team star finished the game with 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds -- just missing his fourth double-double in the last five games -- and played more than 40 minutes for the fourth game in a row.

"This is tough," Calderon said of his recent minutes. "But, like I said, everybody has to be ready to play. We take care of ourselves in the training room and on the court, and everybody is doing a good job in that situation. That's why I'm doing okay."

The Raps shot a stellar 55% from the floor -- the second highest average this season -- which was good, because they were beaten up again on the boards. The 76ers recorded 41 rebounds, including 17 offensive boards, to 34 for the home side. Toronto's starting centre Andrea Bargnani and power forward Chris Bosh combined for just three rebounds.

"I look at it that we won the basketball game," said Mitchell, irritated that many of the post-game questions centred on his club's lack of rebounding. "Obviously, we're concerned about our rebounding. It's two games in a row we've been pounded on the offensive glass. But we were able to overcome it.

"Is there anybody here who saw anything good, other than we won the basketball game? Because if I get one more question about the one thing that we didn't do well ... or is just ya'll's nature to just be negative?"

Speaking of negative, Philadelphia did outscore the Raptors in the paint, 50-32.

Bosh finished the game with 21 points, one rebound and three assists, while starting shooting guard Anthony Parker scored 22 -- his second consecutive game with 20 plus points. All 11 Raptors who saw time on the floor picked up at least one assist.

"Coach has put some new sets in and we're getting a lot more motion," Parker said. "A lot of people are touching the ball and getting some action, and I don't think we're working as hard for baskets as we were early in the year."

Bargnani, again, looked disinterested on the boards, finishing the game with two in 17 minutes. The 7-footer picked up his fourth foul late in the third and was replaced by Rasho Nesterovic, who finished with eight points and five rebounds. Jamario Moon led the Raps with nine rebounds while recording eight points.

Philly star Andre Iguodala scored 16 points, along with seven rebounds, although he was given a loud raspberry by the crowd when he missed on a wide-open reverse dunk in the first half.


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