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Bosh, Raptors outlast Roy, Blazers in double-OT

Jan 13, 2008 - 10:47 PM TORONTO (Ticker) -- Chris Bosh and the Toronto Raptors exacted a measure of revenge against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Bosh scored 38 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Sunday as the Raptors held on for a 116-109 double-overtime victory over the red-hot Trail Blazers in a matinee thriller at Air Canada Centre.

It was the third straight victory for Toronto, which squandered a six-point fourth-quarter lead and survived an outstanding performance by Brandon Roy to salvage a split of its season series with Portland.

"We haven't had too many games this year that come down to the last shot," Bosh said. "We made some mistakes down the stretch, but it was good win for us."

In the previous meeting between the teams, the Blazers outscored the Raptors by 12 points in the fourth quarter en route to a 101-96 triumph on December 19.

But Toronto returned the favor Sunday courtesy of Bosh, who delivered his second consecutive brilliant outing. The 6-10 forward poured in 40 points Friday in a 99-90 victory over the New York Knicks.

"The last few games, (Bosh) has put on his saddle and we're riding him," Raptors swingman Anthony Parker said. "He's stepped up huge in every way."

Bosh gave the Raptors the lead for good on the first possession of double-overtime when he made a turnaround jumper in the paint. He drilled a jumper on the following possession to give Toronto a 108-104 edge.

Owning a 110-109 advantage with 1:24 remaining, Toronto gained some breathing room on Parker's thunderous dunk.

"I was just trying to get the ball to (Bosh)," Parker said. "He gave me the look to go and a few seconds later, I figured it out and the play worked."

After stealing the ball from Travis Outlaw on the ensuing possession, Jose Calderon sank two free throws to make it 114-109 with 23 seconds left.

"You don't have a lot of energy left," said Bosh, who played a career-high 55 minutes. "But you have to D up, step up and make big shots and get big rebounds."

Parker finished with a season-high 25 points while Calderon chipped in a season-high 22 and 10 assists for the Raptors, who are on their first three-game winning streak since a four-game run from December 9-14.

Roy countered with a career-high 33 points and 10 assists for Portland, which was opening a season-high seven-game road trip.

"We showed a lot of character, but it's tough to lose the first game of a road trip in double-overtime," Roy said. "We have to make sure it doesn't bother us mentally, and we respond tomorrow and beat the Nets."

Toronto took a 104-101 lead with nine seconds left in overtime on Calderon's 3-pointer from the right wing.

But Roy answered on the following possession, drilling a highly contested 27-foot 3-pointer to forge a 104-104 tie and force a second overtime.

"We have a young team," Roy said. "My teammates look to me to take shots, and hopefully I make them."

Facing a 91-85 deficit with just over a minute remaining in regulation, the Blazers closed the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run to send the game to overtime.

Portland tied the game in improbable fashion when Roy found Outlaw, who drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing despite getting fouled by rookie Jamario Moon with 16 seconds left in regulation.

Outlaw made the ensuing free throw to even the score at 93-93, and Bosh missed a running hook shot as time expired to send the game to an extra session.

"We put ourselves in a position to win the game," said Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 11 points and nine rebounds. "But they made more big plays than we did."

Outlaw scored 18 points and had three blocks while fellow reserve Channing Frye added 16 points for Portland, which lost for just the second time in its last 19 games.