The Toronto Raptors seem to playing their best basketball as they get ready to try to avenge their worst loss of the season.
The Raptors will try to extend their season-high win streak to five Wednesday night when they host the Charlotte Bobcats, who have lost six straight on the road.
Toronto (15-17) is turning in its best stretch of defense during this win streak, holding opponents under 100 points in each game to improve to 12-0 when doing so.
The Pistons shot 40.0 percent, marking the third straight game Toronto has held an opponent to 40 percent or less.
“We’re playing better defense and everything, we still can work on our rebounding,” Bosh said. “But we’re finding a way to win basketball games, that’s the best part for me. I don’t really care how you do it, I just like to win.”
Toronto will be facing Charlotte (12-17) for the first time since the Bobcats posted their most lopsided victory in franchise history, 116-81 on Nov. 25. Gerald Wallace(notes) had 31 points and 13 rebounds and Stephen Jackson(notes) added 23 points for the Bobcats, who held the Raptors to their lowest point total of the season.
That game, though, was in Charlotte and the Bobcats have been a different team away from home. They are 1-13 on the road for the second-worst mark in the league.
“We’ve gotta figure out something on the road,” Wallace said. “I think Toronto, they’re a great offensive team. They have shooters all the way out to the assistant coaches. So we’re going to have to figure out something for us.”
Wallace had 21 points and 14 rebounds in a 94-84 home victory over Milwaukee on Monday in which Charlotte led by 22 at halftime and had five players finish in double figures in points. That effort came on the heels of a 98-91 loss at Oklahoma City on Saturday.
“That’s a great win after Oklahoma City to come out with that kind of energy,” coach Larry Brown said. “And we got a lot of guys’ help.”
“Our bench players came in and did a great job for us,” Wallace said. “They brought great energy. They provided great offense and defense and they were key to this win tonight.”
The Bobcats will be looking to again neutralize Jack, who made 1 of 9 shots and matched a season low with two points in last month’s meeting. Jack has played much better since moving into the starting lineup Dec. 8, averaging 13.0 points and 5.9 assists while shooting 52.9 percent.
“You don’t want to get too high or too low because it’s a long season,” Jack said. “It’s only 31 games. We haven’t eclipsed the mark that we really want to get to yet.”