The New Jersey Nets' dismal season continued as they slumped to a seventh straight loss, this time at the hands of the Chris Bosh-inspired Toronto Raptors. Bosh scored 36 points as Toronto posted a 100-90 victory on Saturday in East Rutherford, where home wins have been thin on the ground this campaign. The 7-62 Nets need to find at least two wins from somewhere over their final 13 games if they are to avoid the ignominy of setting a new low mark for wins in a season .
Toronto are playing for their playoff lives, and it showed against the Nets. "We're to the point where we have to win every game," said Bosh, who also had eight rebounds. "Give credit to everybody. We won a game we were supposed to win." Bosh made 10 of 14 shots in the second half, and said his teammates egged him on to score over 30. "I gave them six extra," he beamed. Elsewhere in the NBA, Paul Pierce poured in 29 points and Rajon Rondo hit 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Boston Celtics triumphed 102-93 over the Dallas Mavericks, for whom Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points.
Derrick Rose scored 23 points as the Chicago Bulls enjoyed a 98-84 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, while the Golden State Warriors lost on their travels for the 13th game in a row with a 123-107 reverse at the Memphis Grizzlies. * With agencies