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Raptors and Bosh ravage Bucks

STRONG SECOND GAME After having a rough go in his first game of the season, Toronto's forward drained 12 of his 16 total shots and made five of his first six


Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the new-look Toronto Raptors to a 109-92 thrashing of the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

Bosh rebounded after playing poorly in the season opener in New Jersey. He was 12-for-16 from the field and made five of his first six shots and almost had a double-double by halftime.

Andrew Bogut had 18 points for the Bucks. Milwaukee's Charlie Villanueva had 17 points and 11 rebounds against his former team before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a pulled right calf.

T.J. Ford, who was acquired by Toronto from Milwaukee in a much-criticized trade, had 13 points and 11 assists, including 10 points and eight assists in the second half.

Hornets 100, Pacers 91

At Indianapolis, David West had 20 points and Rasual Butler scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter as New Orleans beat Indiana.

Jermaine O'Neal led the host Pacers with 25 points.

Peja Stojakovic, who played for the Pacers for the second half of last season, was booed during introductions and several more times throughout the game. He finished with eight points and turned the ball over five times.

Chris Paul finished with 16 points and six assists and Tyson Chandler had 15 rebounds for the Hornets (2-0).

76ers 105, Magic 103

At Orlando, Florida, Allen Iverson scored 39 points, including a driving layup with 2.2 seconds to play, to lead Philadelphia over Orlando.

Grant Hill, who led the Magic with 25 points, tied the game at 103 with a short bank shot, but he missed from 12 feet as the buzzer sounded.

Kyle Korver had 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting for Philadelphia, which shot 56.1 percent for the game.

Hedo Turkoglu had 15 points and nine rebounds and Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Magic, who struggled all night to find a defensive answer for Iverson and Korver.

Heat 91, Nets 85

At Miami, Shaquille O'Neal had 21 points and nine rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 17 points and Miami shook off the effects of a humbling opening-night rout to defeat New Jersey.

The Heat -- who lost to Chicago by 42 points on Tuesday -- avoided becoming the sixth defending NBA champion to start a season 0-2.

Vince Carter, who led New Jersey with 27 points, hit a short jumper from the left baseline to tie the game at 73 with 5:56 left. On Miami's next possession, James Posey -- with the shot clock down to :02 -- hit a long 3-pointer to put the Heat back on top, and they stayed there the rest of the way.

Hawks 102, Knicks 92

At Atlanta, Joe Johnson enjoyed another big scoring night at New York's expense, finishing with 30 points in Atlanta's win.

Johnson averaged 28.8 points against the Knicks last season -- his second-best mark against any team. He was 12-of-24 from the field and added eight assists to lead the Hawks to their first win.

Zaza Pachulia added 22 points and Josh Childress had 12 for the Hawks.

Eddy Curry led New York with 20 points, while Quentin Richardson added 19 but managed only three after picking up his fifth foul late in the third quarter. Nate Robinson scored all of his 15 points in the final quarter.

Pistons 101, Celtics 88

At Boston, Rasheed Wallace managed to stay in the game and had 18 points and nine rebounds while Richard Hamilton scored 27 points to lead Detroit to its first win of the season.

Chauncey Billups had 20 points with 11 assists, and Antonio McDyess had 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who lost their opener to the Milwaukee Bucks. Wallace was scoreless in that one before he was ejected midway through the third quarter for arguing with the officials.

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