Kings konged by Raps

Raptors' Chris Bosh drives to the net against the Kings last night. SUN MEDIA/Craig Robertson

Raptors' Chris Bosh drives to the net against the Kings last night. SUN MEDIA/Craig Robertson

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

If Chris Bosh has said it once this season, he has said it 100 times. It's at the point now where he even apologizes for being repetitive.

Win or lose, good game or bad, Bosh at one point in his post-game discussion brings up the need for the Raptors to be more aggressive going to the basket.

Bosh has heard that from Day 1 from Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell and has heeded that advice far more often than not. Too often though he has been a gang of one.

A group effort last night of driving to the basket resulted in a lopsided 116-91 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Bosh led the way with 31 points on 11-of-12 shooting and nine of 10 from the free-throw line. Being more aggressive on offence still is a work in progress, but lately Bosh is finding more of his teammates following his lead.

Anthony Parker, for instance, as great an outside shooter as he is, is showing signs of expanding his offensive game. His baseline drive last night that culminated in a dunk three minutes into the second half was the second time he has made that move in the past three games. Both times he came back up the court looking like he was ready to explode.

Jamario Moon, a guy with probably more ability to drive and score than anyone on the team, has been reluctant for whatever reason. Seven minutes into the third quarter last night, Moon went hard to the hole and while he didn't wind up scoring, he got the ball into Bosh's hands under the basket. Bosh was fouled and went to the line for an easy two points.

LESSON LEARNED

Mitchell, from the other end of the court got Moon's attention with his arms and could be heard asking Moon: "See what happens?"

"I threatened Jamario that if he did not drive I was going to take him out of the game, but he drove and dropped the ball off to Chris who go fouled for free throws," Mitchell said.

It's an on-going battle for Mitchell with a team of mostly finesse shooters, but the Raptors coach knows his team has to be more than just a one-dimensional team if it is to have any long-term success.

"I break it down to them like this," Bosh said. "You can shoot the ball at any point in the game. You can get a jump shot easy. Taking the ball to the basket is not easy. When you're not doing that it means you're settling and that doesn't put much pressure on the defence. It makes it easier for them if you're not hitting your shots and it's a lower-percentage shot. When you drive you have more options. You can kick to an open teammate or finish at the rim and that makes the defence collapse."

Carlos Delfino, one of the few Raptors who always has been a drive-first guy, had a career night with 26 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

Jose Calderon, another guy who shows no reluctance going to the basket had 17 points and 14 assists.

The Kings finally have all their injured players back, but it's obvious they are going to need some reaquainting time before they smooth out the rough edges. Point guard Mike Bibby, who showed few rough edges at all in a 19-point evening, was making his season debut after a torn ligament in his left thumb cost him the first 36 games of the year.

Forward Ron Artest was back for the first time after a nine-game absence recovering from right elbow surgery.


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