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On This Date: Chris Bosh wins his first playoff game with the Toronto Raptors

On April 24, 2007, Chris Bosh won the first playoff game of his NBA career, doing so as a member of the Toronto Raptors.

The win came in Game 2 of Toronto's first-round series with the New Jersey Nets. Richard Jefferson led the Nets to a Game 1 victory in Toronto to steal homecourt advantage, but Bosh made sure the Raptors wouldn't go to New Jersey facing an 0-2 deficit with 25 points (10-20 FG), 13 rebounds and two blocks in Game 2.

Bosh was at his best in the fourth quarter, when he scored 11 of Toronto's 31 points. He helped the Raptors turn a five-point deficit entering the frame into a six-point win.

"In that fourth quarter, when we needed him, he stepped up," Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell said of Bosh after the game.

Unfortunately for Bosh, the Raptors would go on to lose the series in six games. Their only other win came in Game 5, when Jose Calderon scored a team-high 25 points off the bench.

Bosh averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 blocks per game in the first playoff series of his career. He returned to the playoffs the following season with the Raptors and put up even bigger numbers - 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game - but Toronto fell to the Orlando Magic in five games.

Those would be the only playoff series Bosh would play in with the Raptors.

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