Sacramento (20-9) at Toronto (11-21)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Wed Jan 5, 2005
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The Toronto Raptors are still looking for some consistency since trading Vince Carter as they host the Sacramento Kings in the second game of a five-game homestand.

Toronto is only 3-5 since trading Carter to the Nets for Eddie Williams, Alonzo Morning and Aaron Williams on Dec. 17. However, Chris Bosh’s play has been a positive for the rebuilding Raptors.

Bosh tied his career-high with 25 points to lead Toronto to a 105-94 victory over the slumping Orlando Magic on Monday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Despite averaging 16.6 points and 7.9 rebounds since the trade, the second-year player doesn’t believe he is ready to assume Carter’s former leadership role.

“Not yet,” Bosh said. “It’s a little tough. I have my nights. I’m still learning. Every player wants to embrace that, but it’s real early.”

The Raptors are hoping to rebuild around the 20-year-old power forward, who has struggled at times this season.

“We just have to get him to play at this level more consistently,” Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said.

Toronto, 5-0 when Bosh scores at least 20 points, will need a strong effort from him against the Kings, winners of the teams’ last seven meetings.

Sacramento won the opener of its five-game road trip, 105-98 at New York on Tuesday night. Chris Webber scored 22 points, Peja Stojakovic had 21, Mike Bibby added 19 and Brad Miller 16.

Reserve swingman Maurice Evans, used only sparing by Minnesota two years ago before playing in Italy, scored a career-high 16 points for the Kings.

“Over the first two days of working out, I saw his effort and his strength,” Webber said. “And I said ‘That guy is going to be really, really good. He’s going to be a force to be reckoned with.”’

After opening the season 0-4 away from Arco Arena, the Kings have won seven of their last eight road games and now play their next seven games against teams with losing records.

“There are teams you can beat,” Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said, “but you’ve (still) got to play at a high level.”

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