Raptors 107, Bobcats 103

Another bunch of turnovers added up to another road loss for the

Charlotte Bobcats.

Chris Bosh had 33 points and 13 rebounds, Andrea Bargnani

matched his season high with 28 points, and the Toronto Raptors

took advantage of 23 Charlotte turnovers to beat the Bobcats

107-103 on Wednesday night, their season-high fifth straight

victory.

Marco Belinelli scored 13 points and rookie DeMar DeRozan had 10

as Toronto avenged its worst defeat of the season, a 116-81 loss at

Charlotte on Nov. 25 – the biggest margin of victory in Bobcats

history.

“It’s always good to retaliate by winning in the fashion that

we did,” Bosh said. “We didn’t lose our composure when they took

the lead late in the game.”

Stephen Jackson scored 30 points and Raymond Felton had 23 for

the Bobcats, who are 1-14 on the road, the second-worst mark in the

NBA. Gerald Wallace had 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Bobcats coach Larry Brown was still fuming when he met reporters

for an abbreviated postgame media session.

“The defense was pretty solid but when you give up 30 points on

turnovers on the road, it’s too big a hill to climb,” Brown said

before marching back into the locker room.

Charlotte made nine turnovers in the first quarter, four in the

second and eight more in the third. They’d made just one in the

fourth before Felton coughed the ball up trying to drive past

Bargnani inside the final minute. Antoine Wright grabbed the loose

ball and, following a timeout, Bargnani made a 3-pointer that put

the Raptors up 105-101 with 11 seconds left.

“The ball got loose, that’s all I’m going to say,” a downcast

Felton said.

Center DeSagana Diop said Brown has badgered the team about

taking better care of the ball “after every game, at halftime and

after every quarter.” But while the message has been delivered

frequently, it still doesn’t seem to be getting through.

“We had some horrible turnovers,” Wallace said. “I think we

had eight in the first eight minutes of the game. That kind of put

us down. As a team, we’ve got to sit down and look. We had

20-something turnovers for 30-something points and it comes down to

a defensive stop for us and a big shot by Bargnani that decides the

game. If you cut those turnovers in half, that’s about 25 shots

that we didn’t even get.”

Toronto forward Hedo Turkoglu bruised his right knee in the

first half and did not return after the break. He had two points

and five assists in 14 minutes. Coach Jay Triano said Turkoglu

first injured his knee during Tuesday’s practice. Turkoglu’s status

for Saturday’s game at Boston is not known.

Toronto led 84-80 heading into the fourth after Belinelli ended

the third with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Belinelli grabbed the

ball after Stephen Graham had his shot blocked and raced up court

before making a running jumper from the wing.

Jackson scored on three straight possessions, including a layup,

a jumper and two free throws, to make it 96-95 with 3:53 remaining,

but Belinelli made an off-balance layup and Bosh drained a pair

from the line to make it 100-95 with 3:16 to go.

Felton pulled the Bobcats back with a pair of baskets, then fed

Wallace for a driving layup to give Charlotte its first lead of the

quarter, 101-100, with 1:43 to play.

Bosh put Toronto back in front with a layup and, after both

teams missed, Felton made his pivotal miscue. After Bargnani sealed

it with his second 3-pointer, he turned to the crowd and cheering

as he danced back up court.

“I feel great,” Bargnani said. “(Bosh) passed me the ball and

I just shot. The play was for CB in the low post but three guys

went for him so he made a great pass to pick the open guy. It was

me this time.”

Wallace, who had jawed with Toronto’s Amir Johnson after a foul

earlier in the third, had to be separated from Raptors guard Marcus

Banks after Banks shoved Wallace to the floor under the Toronto

basket with 28 seconds left in the quarter. After reviewing the

play, the referees called personal fouls on Wallace and Banks and

technicals on Banks and Graham.

NOTES: Charlotte’s lone road win was a 92-76 victory at

Washington on Nov. 28. New Jersey (1-16) has the worst road record

in the NBA. … Brown received a technical for arguing at the end

of the second quarter. … Toronto guard Jose Calderon, who has

missed nine of the past 10 games with a sore left hip, should

return to the practice court next week, Triano said. … Raptors

forward Reggie Evans, who has yet to play this season because of a

sore left foot, had an MRI Tuesday that showed no further damage.

“He’s getting closer,” Triano said. … Bobcats center Tyson

Chandler (left foot) missed his third straight game.