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Bosh's broken facial bone hurts Raptors in defeat

CLEVELAND — Flattened by an inadvertent elbow, Toronto All-Star forward Chris Bosh broke a bone in his face Tuesday night and the Raptors' playoff hopes took a blow with a 113-101 loss to the Cavaliers.

Bosh was accidentally struck by Cleveland's Antawn Jamison in the first three minutes. Bosh, who had blood dripping from his nose and mouth area as he was assisted from the floor, was taken to the Cleveland Clinic for a CT scan.

After the game, the Raptors said in a statement that tests showed Bosh suffered a "maxilla and nasal fracture to the right side of his face." Bosh, who returned to Quicken Loans Arena in the fourth quarter, will not travel with the team from Cleveland. Instead, he was to stay in a hospital overnight for further evaluation.

Jamison scored 20 — 12 in the third when the Cavs opened a double-digit lead — and Anthony Parker had a season-high 18 as Cleveland won its 11th straight at home.

LeBron James scored 19 with 13 assists and Mo Williams had 14 and 12 assists for Cleveland, which has wrapped up the league's best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs and is expected to rest players in the next few games to get ready for the postseason.

Jarrett Jack scored 23 for the Raptors, who also lost forward Antoine Wright in the third quarter with an ankle injury.

Bosh's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for the Raptors, who entered the night clinging to the No. 8 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Toronto has a tough week ahead with games against Boston, Atlanta and ninth-place Chicago, which remained one game behind Toronto with a loss to Milwaukee.

Bosh was fighting for position in the lane with Jamison when he was nailed by the elbow. Bosh immediately dropped to the floor and stayed there as play continued. Dazed, Bosh got to his knees as blood poured onto the court.

"I didn't think it was that severe," Jamison said. "But once he went down, you knew it was. I didn't think I hit him that hard at all. It was just a bad angle and an unfortunate play. Freakish things like that happen."

Despite losing Bosh, who averages 24.3 points and 11 rebounds, the Raptors were still within seven points with 7 minutes to go.

James, who sat out the first 4:21 of the fourth, then scored six straight as the Cavaliers opened a 104-91 lead.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Don Nelson fell way short in his first try at breaking the league record for coaching victories, as the visiting Warriors lost 112-94 to the Wizards. Nelson has 1,332 wins, tied with Lenny Wilkens. … Charlie Villanueva scored 25 and Rodney Stuckey added 24 as the visiting Pistons snapped an 11-game losing streak, defeating the 76ers 124-103.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Spurs guard Tony Parker was back for Tuesday's late game at Sacramento after missing a month with a broken hand. The three-time All-Star came off the bench in the middle of the first quarter. … Shavlik Randolph signed to return to the Heat for the rest of the season. The forward was with Miami the first part of the season, was released, and played three games for Portland. … Joe Johnson, the Hawks' leading scorer, will miss at least the next two games with a sprained right thumb.

Cavaliers 113, Raptors 101

TORONTO (101): Bosh 1-1 0-0 2, Wright 3-9 1-1 9, Bargnani 5-14 1-1 11, Calderon 2-8 0-0 5, Weems 5-10 0-0 10, Evans 1-2 1-4 3, Turkoglu 3-10 2-2 10, Johnson 7-8 2-2 16, Jack 7-12 7-8 23, Nesterovic 1-4 0-0 2, DeRozan 4-4 2-2 10, Belinelli 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 39-83 16-20 101.

CLEVELAND (113): James 5-13 9-10 19, Jamison 10-18 0-0 20, Hickson 5-9 0-1 10, M.Williams 6-9 1-2 14, Parker 7-12 1-1 18, Ilgauskas 3-7 0-0 6, J.Williams 5-8 0-0 13, Varejao 5-7 0-0 10, Moon 1-1 0-0 3, Powe 0-0 0-0 0, Green 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 47-84 11-14 113.

Toronto 26 27 26 22— 101

Cleveland 35 20 35 23— 113

3-Point GoalsToronto 7-20 (Jack 2-4, Wright 2-4, Turkoglu 2-6, Calderon 1-1, Belinelli 0-1, Bargnani 0-4), Cleveland 8-20 (J.Williams 3-5, Parker 3-6, Moon 1-1, M.Williams 1-3, James 0-2, Jamison 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 41 (Johnson 10), Cleveland 47 (Parker 8). AssistsToronto 25 (Jack 6), Cleveland 38 (James 13). Total FoulsToronto 12, Cleveland 13. TechnicalsToronto defensive three second. A20,562 (20,562).

Bobcats 109, Hawks 100

ATLANTA (100): Williams 1-4 4-4 6, Jos.Smith 9-15 0-0 18, Horford 7-14 2-2 16, Evans 8-15 0-0 20, Teague 3-10 2-2 9, West 1-2 0-0 2, Crawford 6-15 3-3 18, Pachulia 1-2 0-0 2, J. Smith 3-6 1-2 7, Morris 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 40-84 12-13 100.

CHARLOTTE (109): Wallace 10-18 8-8 28, Diaw 5-12 7-8 17, Ratliff 0-2 0-0 0, Jackson 5-12 3-4 15, Felton 6-10 0-1 14, Chandler 3-4 6-7 12, Hughes 1-4 0-0 2, Augustin 4-4 0-0 11, Thomas 2-5 4-4 8, Graham 1-1 0-0 2, Brown 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-72 28-32 109.

Atlanta 14 22 36 28— 100

Charlotte 34 25 25 25— 109

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 8-19 (Evans 4-7, Crawford 3-9, Teague 1-3), Charlotte 7-12 (Augustin 3-3, Felton 2-2, Jackson 2-4, Diaw 0-1, Hughes 0-1, Wallace 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 43 (Horford 12), Charlotte 41 (Diaw 9). AssistsAtlanta 24 (Crawford, Teague 6), Charlotte 25 (Diaw 9). Total FoulsAtlanta 24, Charlotte 18. TechnicalsCharlotte defensive three second. A18,610 (19,077).

Pistons 124, 76ers 103

DETROIT (124): Prince 5-8 2-2 14, Jerebko 5-7 1-2 11, Wallace 8-10 2-2 18, Bynum 3-6 4-6 10, Stuckey 9-17 6-9 24, Gordon 6-10 0-0 13, Villanueva 8-11 5-6 25, Daye 3-6 2-2 9, Summers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 47-75 22-29 124.

PHILADELPHIA (103): Kapono 4-9 0-0 9, Brand 3-4 0-0 6, Dalembert 2-4 0-0 4, Holiday 5-10 0-0 11, Iguodala 2-6 8-8 12, Smith 2-5 0-0 4, Speights 7-13 7-8 21, Williams 4-9 3-4 12, Meeks 8-11 1-3 19, Green 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 39-74 19-23 103.

Detroit 34 27 30 33— 124

Philadelphia 30 31 19 23— 103

3-Point GoalsDetroit 8-17 (Villanueva 4-6, Prince 2-3, Daye 1-2, Gordon 1-4, Bynum 0-1, Stuckey 0-1), Philadelphia 6-20 (Meeks 2-4, Green 1-1, Holiday 1-4, Williams 1-4, Kapono 1-6, Smith 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 41 (Daye 9), Philadelphia 33 (Speights 6). AssistsDetroit 27 (Bynum 6), Philadelphia 28 (Holiday 9). Total FoulsDetroit 18, Philadelphia 19. A13,832 (20,318).

Wizards 112, Warriors 94

GOLDEN STATE (94): Williams 7-15 3-4 18, Tolliver 3-13 3-3 10, Hunter 1-3 0-0 2, Curry 10-21 4-4 27, Maggette 6-14 8-8 20, Morrow 6-15 3-4 17, George 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 33-84 21-23 94.

WASHINGTON (112): Miller 3-4 0-0 8, Blatche 8-16 5-5 21, Oberto 0-1 0-0 0, Livingston 9-11 3-3 21, Young 10-18 4-6 29, McGee 11-18 3-4 25, Martin 3-10 0-0 7, Jackson 0-3 0-0 0, Singleton 0-4 1-2 1. Totals 44-85 16-20 112.

Golden State 23 20 34 17— 94

Washington 40 28 26 18— 112

3-Point GoalsGolden State 7-20 (Curry 3-6, Morrow 2-4, Williams 1-2, Tolliver 1-4, Hunter 0-1, George 0-3), Washington 8-18 (Young 5-11, Miller 2-3, Martin 1-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 37 (Morrow 7), Washington 61 (McGee 15). AssistsGolden State 16 (Tolliver, Curry 4), Washington 22 (Livingston, Miller 8). Total FoulsGolden State 19, Washington 18. TechnicalsMiller, Washington defensive three second. A14,721 (20,173).

Knicks 104, Celtics 101

BOSTON (101): Garnett 7-12 0-0 14, Pierce 4-10 5-6 13, Perkins 6-8 2-2 14, Rondo 3-7 0-1 6, R.Allen 6-9 2-2 17, Davis 4-6 4-5 12, Robinson 2-4 0-1 5, Wallace 3-7 0-2 7, T.Allen 2-5 1-3 5, Finley 3-5 0-0 8. Totals 40-73 14-22 101.

NEW YORK (104): Gallinari 10-15 10-11 31, Lee 6-16 1-2 13, Barron 8-13 1-1 17, Duhon 2-5 1-2 5, Walker 2-10 5-6 10, Douglas 4-14 1-2 10, Giddens 2-5 0-0 4, Rodriguez 5-10 1-1 14. Totals 39-88 20-25 104.

Boston 21 31 26 23— 101

New York 27 26 33 18— 104

3-Point GoalsBoston 7-18 (R.Allen 3-6, Finley 2-3, Robinson 1-2, Wallace 1-2, Rondo 0-2, Pierce 0-3), New York 6-25 (Rodriguez 3-7, Gallinari 1-4, Douglas 1-5, Walker 1-7, Duhon 0-1, Giddens 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 45 (Perkins 8), New York 50 (Barron 18). AssistsBoston 26 (Rondo 6), New York 23 (Duhon 8). Total FoulsBoston 22, New York 20. TechnicalsBoston defensive three second 2, New York Coach D'Antoni, Walker, New York defensive three second. A19,763 (19,763).

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