Final / 2OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/16

Game 1: Sunday, November 16th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 24th

Rockets 97


Raptors 101

(5-5, 5-0 home)

    1:00 PM ET, November 16, 2003

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 OT 2OT T
    HOU 16 21 24 22 6 897
    TOR 24 16 19 24 6 12101

    Top Performers

    Hou: Y. Ming 20 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Tor: C. Bosh 25 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast

    Raptors beat Rockets in 2 OTs

    TORONTO (AP) -- Rookie Chris Bosh showed the confidence of a veteran in his finest game as a pro.

    Bosh forced overtime with his first NBA 3-pointer and scored 10 of his season-high 25 points in the extra periods to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 101-97 double-overtime victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

    Bosh, the fourth overall pick in the draft out of Georgia Tech, hit a 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, and added four points in the first extra period and six in the second as the Raptors improved to 5-0 at home and 5-5 overall.

    "I was open. I felt confident. I didn't hesitate. The basket looked pretty big, so I just let it go," Bosh said.

    In regulation, Bosh made a jumper over Yao, cutting Houston's lead to one with 32 seconds remaining. Steve Francis followed with a 19-foot jumper, giving Houston a three-point lead with 15 seconds left, but a double-teamed Vince Carter found Bosh, whose 3-pointer tied it at 83 with 7.2 remaining.

    "He was lucky. He just threw it up and hoped it went in," Francis said.

    Francis scored 25 points, and Yao Ming added 20 points and 12 rebounds for Houston.

    Carter scored 18 points for Toronto, and teammates Lamond Murray and Antonio Davis each added 13.

    Bosh said he impressed himself with the poise he showed.

    "I just stayed calm. I've been here before, just not at this level," he said. "It gives me confidence to know that I can have good games after bad games."

    Bosh struggled in his first start of the season in Friday's loss to Sacramento, and Toronto coach Kevin O'Neill used him in a reserve role against the Rockets.

    "I don't think it's best for Bosh's long term growth to be a starter right now," O'Neill said before the game.

    Bosh responded by shooting 7-for-11 from the field and 10-for-10 from the line. He also grabbed six offensive rebounds.

    "I feel very comfortable with him taking a 3-pointer at the end of a game," O'Neill said. "I have a lot of faith in that kid."

    O'Neill drew up a potential game-tying 3-pointer for Bosh in a loss to Portland last Tuesday, but a covered Bosh passed the ball off to Murray, who missed a 3.

    In the second overtime, Bosh's offensive rebound and basket gave Toronto a 96-93 lead with 33 seconds left.

    After Mobley missed a jumper, Bosh made two free throws.

    After Francis made a jumper to cut the lead to three, Bosh converted two more free throws to give the Raptors a five-point lead with 14 seconds left.

    The 19-year-old Bosh went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in overtime.

    "He's poised. I looked at him take that three, and he looked like he knew what he was doing," Houston's Cuttino Mobley said. "And then he goes to the foul line and sinks six shots in a row, that kid is poised."

    Francis missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer, forcing overtime.

    Francis also missed another potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer of the first overtime.

    Game notes

    Asked about his second visit to Toronto, Yao said: "It's still very cold." ... Carter shot 0-for-10 from the field before making consecutive jumpers in the third. ... Francis shot 9-for-27 from the field. ... Toronto's Jerome Williams had nine rebounds, eight points and five steals in the first half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 101
    FGM-FGA 31-84 (.369) 33-79 (.418)
    3PM-3PA 4-16 (.250) 2-11 (.182)
    FTM-FTA 31-36 (.861) 33-38 (.868)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-44 11-42
    Assists 11 22
    Turnovers 19 19
    Steals 10 10
    Blocks 3 1
    Fast Break Points 6 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 32 (1/0) 28 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Yao Ming Ming
    Points: 20
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 25
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0