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Toronto Raptors redux: Chris Bosh sinks game-winner to defeat Atlanta Hawks

With the 2019-20 season temporarily on hold, our daily need for basketball has never been greater.

In an attempt to fill that void, we've decided to hop into the time machine while we wait for Toronto Raptors games to resume by revisiting some of the biggest moments in franchise history.

With that in mind, let's hop back to St. Patrick's Day in 2010, when Chris Bosh lifted his team with some late-game heroics.


Bosh's late jumper lifts Toronto Raptors past Atlanta Hawks to snap five-game skid

Donning their green St. Patrick's Day uniforms, the Toronto Raptors (33-33) snapped a five-game losing streak with a fourth-quarter comeback over the Atlanta Hawks (43-24), who were without All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson.

Former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani led the way for Toronto with 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting while Atlanta was led by 33 points from Sixth Man of the Year candidate Jamal Crawford. Despite hitting the biggest shot of the night, Raptors All-Star forward Chris Bosh scored just 14 points on 6-for-19 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds in 33 minutes of action.

For more on how it all unfolded, here are some takeaways from the game:

CB4 steps up when it matters

He's a five-time NBA All-Star for a reason.

Through three quarters, things didn't look too promising as the Raptors trailed by 11 points and Bosh had just six points while shooting 3-for-13 (23.1%) from the field. There was one highlight, however, as he became the first player in Toronto Raptors history to eclipse the 10,000 point mark in the second quarter.

In the fourth quarter alone, Bosh did what he does best, scoring eight points on 3-for-5 shooting, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out two assists. No bucket was bigger than his step-back jumper that capped off a furious finish.

Down 105-103 with under 20 seconds remaining, Raptors forward Hedo Turkoglu drew a foul on Crawford and made his way to the line. Turkoglu, a career 78.4 percent free throw shooter, would hit the first freebie before missing the second, resulting in a battle for the ball that would eventually go out of bounds off of Hawks forward Marvin Williams.

On Toronto's final offensive possession, Jarrett Jack fed an entry pass to Bosh, who was guarded by Al Horford off of the right block. Patiently, Bosh faced up, jabbed left and went to his patented step-back to the right to give the Raptors a one-point lead with just 2.1 seconds remaining on the clock.

"I shot it with confidence, and there wasn't a doubt in my mind that it [was] going in," Bosh told reporters after the game. "I'm just glad it gave us the go-ahead to win the game."

Yet another clutch moment for Bosh.

The rookie shines again

As a scorer, it's been a season of ups and downs for 20-year-old DeMar DeRozan, who entered Wednesday night's game averaging 8.5 points per game.

In the win over Atlanta, DeRozan finished with 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting, just two shy of a career-high set in a 31-point loss to this same Hawks team on Dec. 2, 2009. The USC product has now scored 10 or more points in each of the last five games, which is the longest such streak of his young career.

Since March 9, DeRozan is averaging 14.8 points and 2.2 rebounds while shooting 63.0 percent from the field.

It's safe to say the future is bright for the No. 9 overall pick.

Jamal Crawford…Sixth Man of the Year?

As mentioned earlier, Atlanta was without Johnson, who is averaging 21.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season.

Without its All-Star, Crawford filled in for his production by scoring a season-high 33 points off the bench, while shooting 14-for-25 from the field and 3-for-8 from beyond the arc.

After acquiring Crawford from the Golden State Warriors this past offseason, the Hawks have benefitted from his production as a reserve, and then some. It's worth noting that coming into the 2009-10 season, Crawford had started in each of his previous 145 games with the New York Knicks and Warriors.

Now, through 66 games (all as a reserve), the 29-year-old is averaging 17.9 points, 2.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from 3-point range.

Jason Terry (16.9 ppg), J.R. Smith (15.9 ppg) and Manu Ginobili (14.8 ppg) are three other reserve guards that have produced at a similar rate, but Crawford's numbers and impact on this Hawks team could be too much to ignore.

Impact on the playoff picture

This win was huge for the Raptors and their playoff hopes as they now have a 2.5 game cushion for the eighth seed over the Chicago Bulls, who fell to the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night.

Toronto is also now just a game back of the seventh-place Miami Heat, who were idle on Wednesday.

The Raptors are back in action on Friday as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are in the thick of the race for one of the West's final playoff seeds.

Toronto will face Miami on March 28 and Chicago on April 11, two games that will be key in returning to the postseason after missing in 2009.


Atlanta would go 10-5 to finish the season with a record of 53-29 and earn the East's No. 3 seed while Toronto would win seven of its last 16 games, narrowly missing the playoffs by one game with a 40-42 record.

Bosh missed the final five games of the season.

In what would turn out to be his final season as a Raptor, Bosh averaged 24.0 points on 51.8% shooting and 10.8 rebounds per game, recording 49 double-doubles in 70 games.

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