James, Peterson help Raptors break six-game skid

TORONTO (AP) -- Paul Pierce told former teammate Mike James he'd
win the game with a 3-pointer. James wasn't about to let that

James scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and
Morris Peterson had 27 points as the Toronto Raptors ended a
six-game losing streak with 111-105 victory over the Boston Celtics
on Sunday night.

"When we were up by four he told me they were going to get a
stop and he was going to get a score and a 3-pointer to win the
game," James said of his former Boston teammate. "At the end of
the game I said to him 'P, you forgot one thing, you forget about
me.' He just laughed."

James' jumper and 3-pointer gave the Raptors a 13-point lead
with 2:44 left -- their biggest advantage of the game.

However, the Raptors, who twice squandered a 10-point lead in
Saturday's loss to New Jersey, allowed Boston back into the game.
Pierce capped a 12-3 run by converting a 3-point play, cutting the
lead to four with 1:02 left.

But James made six of eight free throws in the final minute, and
Charlie Villanueva grabbed a key offensive rebound with 20 seconds

"We just had to make Paul out to be liar," James said.

Chris Bosh added 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who
hadn't won since Feb 13.

Pierce had 33 points -- the fifth game in a row and 11th in 12
games he has scored at least 30.

The Celtics have won seven of their last eight over the Raptors,
but Peterson played great in the first three quarters, Bosh had his
usual steady game and James came through in the clutch.

Matt Bonner also gave Toronto a spark with five 3-pointers for
15 points.

"No matter who they went to they made the big shots," Pierce
said. "They would have beat a lot of teams with the way they shot
the ball."

Toronto shot 54 percent -- including 11-for-23 from beyond the
3-point arc.

Bonner made three straight 3-pointers to give the Raptors a
nine-point lead early in the second quarter -- their biggest lead of
the half.

"It's just nice to finally get a win," Bonner said.

Boston lost despite outscoring Toronto 58-16 in the paint -- many
of them layups.

"We shot the ball well," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said.
"The discouraging thing is they shot 61 percent against us in the
first half and the discouraging thing about that was 14 of them
were layups. You just have to do a better job of taking that stuff

Game notes
F Antonio Davis (sprained back) sat out for Toronto ...
Bosh was selected for by USA Basketball for a possible spot on the
team that will play in this year's world championships and the 2008
Beijing Olympics. The third-year forward made his first All-Star
team this year, but said the making Team USA means more. "To be a
part of the world's elite instead of the just league's elite is a
little more special," Bosh said. ... Peterson came within one
point of a season-high. ... Villanueva had 18 points.


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