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Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010

Bosh sets franchise record, fuels victory

TORONTO (AP) When Chris Bosh tells the story of his record-setting basket, it'll sound more like a game-winning dunk than a third-quarter jump shot.

Bosh scored 22 points to become the leading scorer in Raptors history, leading Toronto to a 91-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night.

"I was thinking it would be really nice to set the record and everything, but I wanted to win, that was the main focus of the whole game," Bosh said. "It makes it that much better."

Bosh, who also had 15 rebounds, made a jumper from the top of the key with 1:39 left in the third quarter to eclipse Vince Carter's mark of 9,420 points. Bosh, who now has 9,428 points, was honored with a video tribute and standing ovation at the end of the quarter.

Bosh, who kept his game jersey and shoes as mementos, warned that the tale of his big basket might get a little dressing up when he relives it.

"I'm going to hype up the situation. When I tell this story tomorrow, the fish is going to be this big," Bosh said with a laugh, spreading his arms wide. "You have to make it dramatic and I like telling stories. Hopefully I'll be able to tell my kids when it's all said and done."

San Antonio's Tim Duncan praised Bosh for reaching the milestone.

"He's been an All-Star for years and he's been a great player, too," Duncan said. "It's a great accomplishment for him and I know he's proud of that fact. He's had this team on his shoulders for a long time."

Spurs guard Roger Mason, a teammate of Bosh in 2003-04, also offered congratulations.

"I'm proud of him," Mason said. "I was here his rookie year and saw the talent. He's obviously worked very hard. It's a great achievement."

Jarrett Jack scored 16 points, Andrea Bargnani had 15 and DeMar DeRozan 11 for Toronto, which has won six of seven and ended the Spurs' winning streak at five games.

Tony Parker scored 23 points, and Duncan had 21 points and 12 rebounds in a rare reserve appearance. Richard Jefferson scored 12 for the Spurs, who had won 11 of 13.

"Every time we made a play to get right back into it, it seemed like we either made an offensive foul or we missed something easy or we missed free throws," Duncan said. "We just kind of shot ourselves in the foot."

76ers 108, Nuggets 105

In Denver, Allen Iverson had a pleasant trip down memory lane — at the Nuggets' expense.

Iverson scored 17 points, Elton Brand added 16 and the 76ers held off a furious rally to beat injury-riddled Denver.

It was Iverson's third win against the team that traded him to Detroit three games into the 2008-09 season, and two of those have come in Denver.

"It's great to come back," said Iverson, who led the 76ers in scoring for the first time since re-signing Dec. 2. "The fans still have love for me."

Nene had 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Ty Lawson finished with 23 points and nine assists for the Nuggets, who have lost six of eight.

Bobcats 91, Cavaliers 88

In Cleveland, Ronald Murray hit a 3-pointer with 56 seconds left as the Bobcats surprised the Cavaliers for only their third road victory this season.

The loss snapped the Cavaliers' seven-game win streak and an 11-game winning streak at home.

Murray's basket from the top of the key broke an 83-83 tie, sparking the Bobcats to their second impressive road win in as many days after a 107-97 win over Miami on Saturday night. Charlotte has dropped 11 of 14 road games this season.

Stephen Jackson scored 22 points, Gerald Wallace added 19 and Raymond Felton had 17 for Charlotte.

Knicks 132, Pacers 89

In New York, Wilson Chandler scored 23 points, and David Lee added 22 points and 16 rebounds, as the Knicks flirted with the biggest victory in franchise history.

Danilo Gallinari finished with 20 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who led by 48 points — the largest lead in the NBA this season — and won for the 10th time in 15 games.

The Knicks' largest victory is by 48 points, done three times.

Luther Head scored 18 points for the Pacers.

Lakers 131, Mavericks 96

In Los Angeles, Jordan Farmar led seven players in double figures with 24 points and the Lakers trounced the Western Conference's second-best team.

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