Flattened by an inadvertent elbow, Toronto All-Star forward Chris Bosh suffered a broken bone in his face last night as the Raptors’ playoff hopes took a blow with a 113-101 loss to the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
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.
Following 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. He was to stay in a hospital overnight for further evaluation.
Jamison scored 20 points — 12 in the third when the Cavs opened a double-digit lead — and Anthony Parker had a season-high 18.
Bosh’s loss couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Raptors, who entered the night clinging to the No. 8 playoff spot. Toronto has a tough week ahead with games against the Celtics, Atlanta and the Bulls, who lost to Milwaukee and remain one game behind the Raptors.
Jazz 140, Thunder 139 — Deron Williams scored a career-high 42 points, including the go-ahead jumper from the top of the key with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, and host Utah pulled into second place in the Western Conference with a wild victory over Oklahoma City.
Utah overcame 45 points by Kevin Durant, who thought he was fouled on a 3-pointer just before the buzzer that would have won it for the Thunder. Durant and several teammates stayed on the court pleading for a call that never came before the officials were escorted to the tunnel by security.
Spurs 95, Kings 86 — Richard Jefferson scored 18 points, Manu Ginobili had 16 and visiting San Antonio beat Sacramento for its fourth straight victory. The Spurs moved into a sixth-place tie with Oklahoma City in the Western Conference playoff race.
Bucks 79, Bulls 74 — John Salmons scored 26 points against his former team and visiting Milwaukee clinched a playoff spot.
Bobcats 109, Hawks 100 — Gerald Wallace scored 28 points, Boris Diaw added 17 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists, and host Charlotte ensured its first nonlosing season in its six-year history and inched closer to a playoff berth.
Pistons 124, 76ers 103 — Charlie Villanueva scored 25 points, Rodney Stuckey added 24, and Detroit snapped an 11-game losing streak with a road victory in Philadelphia.
Wizards 112, Warriors 94 — Don Nelson fell way short in his first attempt at breaking Lenny Wilkens’s record for NBA coaching victories as Golden State fell behind by double digits before the game was three minutes old and went on to lose to host Washington. Nelson is stuck at 1,332 career victories.
Rockets 113, Grizzlies 103 — Kevin Martin scored 29 points and Aaron Brooks added 17 points and seven assists to lead visiting Houston over Memphis.