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Raptors' 15-2 run the knockout blow

12/8/2003

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.