TORONTO (AP)—Chris Bosh didn’t make a 3-pointer last season. So he worked on his long-range shooting last summer, and it paid off Wednesday night.
Philadelphia’s Chris Webber knocked the ball away from Bosh before he retrieved it and pulled up for a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired— drawing laughter from his teammates and coach Sam Mitchell.
Bosh made his first 3-pointer of the season earlier in the game, his first since April 13, 2005, against New York. He went 0-for-13 from behind the arc last season.
“It was an emergency situation,” Bosh said, laughing. “Desperate times call for desperate measures. I was just trying to score. That’s why I had the ball. I’ve been working on that and I’ve been thinking about that all year, and I didn’t want to lose the game.”
The All-Star forward made it a point to work on his 3-point shooting last summer. He is 10-for-40 in his career.
“It was a hell of a shot,” point guard T.J. Ford said. “It happened at the right time. He’s an All-Star player. He made it happen for us.”
Allen Iverson had 35 points and 10 assists for the Sixers, who have dropped two straight after winning their first three games of the season. Philadelphia lost to Indiana on Tuesday night.
Iverson said Bosh’s shot was no fluke.
“I don’t want to say that he just threw it up there because I have seen him make that shot before,” Iverson said. “It was a good shot and those are the kind of shots you need from your star player to win basketball games.”
“That was a tough one,” Iguodala said. “We were playing great defense on that possession and he made a great shot. If there was anything that we would settle for and given up, that was it. We still got a hand up in his face and he made a great shot.”
Bosh’s jump hook as he faded away from the basket gave Toronto a 100-98 lead. Dalembert fouled out on the play, but Bosh missed the free throw.
Iverson followed with an 18-foot jumper to tie it.
Ford followed with a layup, but Webber made a short hook shot to tie it at 102 with 29 seconds to go.
After a timeout, Ford passed the ball to Bosh. Webber knocked it away, but Bosh recovered and hit his big shot.
“We wanted Chris to get the ball, but obviously not at half court—but he told me last summer he wanted to work on his 3-point shooting,” Mitchell said.
Jose Calderon made just one of two free throws—giving Philadelphia a chance to tie—but Iguodala couldn’t connect.
Toronto won despite shooting 40 percent. Philadelphia shot 49 percent and outrebounded the Raptors 53-45.
“That is the most frustrating part. We shoot 50 percent and they shoot 40 percent. We outrebound them and still lose by two,” Iverson said. “That’s tough and it’s hard to say anything negative about us, or our performance, but when it is all said and done they got the win.”
Toronto G Anthony Parker was drafted by Philadelphia in 1997 and played one year there before playing in Europe for five years. Parker didn’t have much of an opportunity in Philadelphia because he was stuck behind Iverson, Aaron McKie, Jerry Stackhouse, Jim Jackson and Larry Hughes. … Dalembert, who moved to Montreal as a teenager, said there’s always a chance he’ll play for Canada. Dalembert, who is from Haiti, once applied for a Canadian passport, but was told he’d spent too much time in the United States.