Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/7

Game 1: Sunday, December 7th
Game 2: Thursday, February 12th

SuperSonics 98

(9-8, 4-3 away)

Raptors 108

(12-8, 8-2 home)

    4:00 PM ET, December 7, 2003

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 28 16 29 2598
    TOR 18 23 29 38108

    Top Performers

    Seattle: V. Radmanovic 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast

    Toronto: C. Bosh 22 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Raptors' 15-2 run the knockout blow

    TORONTO (AP) -- Rookie Chris Bosh is playing like a veteran for the new-look Toronto Raptors.

    Bosh had 22 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and Vince Carter scored 30 points to lead the Raptors to their fourth straight victory, 108-98 over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday.

    "I can't believe he's 19. He's going to have to show me his ID," Toronto's Morris Peterson said of Bosh. "Usually, when guys come into the league after one year of college they rush. He takes his time.

    "He lets the game come to him. He makes the right play always. That's very rare. He reminds me of a younger Tim Duncan."

    Jalen Rose added 18 points and 10 assists for the Raptors, who improved to 4-0 since acquiring Rose, Donyell Marshall and Lonny Baxter from Chicago.

    Carter had 20 points and five assists in the second half. Bosh, the fourth overall pick in the draft, shot 8-for-13 from the field, and tied a club record for most rebounds by a rookie. He also tied LeBron James for the most this season.

    With Carter and Rose double-teamed, the 6-foot-10 Bosh is finding more space to operate.

    "They keep doubling Vince and Jalen in the post, so how hard is it to shoot a layup or dunk?" said Bosh, who has replaced Antonio Davis as the starting center. "If they are double teaming guys, I go under the basket, so if they pass it to me I have a wide open shot."

    Bosh grabbed five of his seven offensive rebounds in the second half.

    "He was a glass cleaner tonight," Carter said. "He is giving up a lot of weight and still, he was a beast down there."

    Peterson, held scoreless through three periods, made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Raptors pull away. A driving Carter assisted on three of them.

    Peterson said Carter and Rose are doing a great job of finding open teammates when they are doubled.

    Rashard Lewis and Vladimir Radmanovic each had 20 points for the SuperSonics, who have lost six of nine.

    Luke Ridnour made a jumper to give Seattle an 81-80 lead in the fourth, but the Raptors followed with a 15-2 run that included seven points by Carter.

    Peterson made consecutive 3-pointers to give Toronto a 101-90 lead with 2:57 left.

    Rose made two free throws to give Toronto an eight point lead with 17 seconds remaining.

    Toronto coach Kevin O'Neill said Bosh's defense kept them in the game in the third quarter.

    "He's been great. He's getting a feel for running the floor and finding his spots to get easy baskets," said O'Neill, whose team is averaging 100 points since the trade. "We like our new found offensive prowess."

    The SuperSonics committed 16 turnovers, leading to 26 points. They had six turnovers in the fourth.

    Uncontested layups by Ridnour and Reggie Evans gave Seattle a 13-point lead in the second quarter, but Rose had six points and Toronto followed with a 14-3 run to get back into the game.

    After missing three putback attempts, Carter infuriated O'Neill by standing under the basket and shaking his head as the SuperSonics ran up the court.

    Lewis, Carter's man, followed with a 3-pointer. Carter missed 12 of his first 15 shots from the field before making a jumper to cut Seattle's lead to three at halftime.

    O'Neill urged Carter to drive in the second half after he failed to get to the line in the first.

    "Vince Carter was the man. I thought we kept him under control in the first half. In the second half, he went off for 20 points and five assists," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said.

    Game notes

    Sonics G Ray Allen will begin workouts Monday, his first practices since ankle surgery Nov. 1. The team announced no date for his return. ... Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. sat courtside.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 108
    FGM-FGA 32-73 (.438) 40-89 (.449)
    3PM-3PA 9-18 (.500) 8-23 (.348)
    FTM-FTA 25-33 (.758) 20-27 (.741)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-43 17-45
    Assists 15 30
    Turnovers 16 11
    Steals 4 9
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 5 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Vladimir Radmanovic Radmanovic
    Points: 20
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 22
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2