Raptors End Nets' Playoff Chances

New Jersey missing the postseason for first time since 2001
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2008 10:08 PM CDT
Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh, left, pulls in the rebound from New Jersey Nets' Richard Jefferson during second half action in Toronto, Friday, April 11, 2008.    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)
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(Newser) – Carlos Delfino scored 24 points, Chris Bosh had 21 and the Toronto Raptors eliminated New Jersey from playoff contention with a 112-85 victory Friday. Vince Carter had 21 points and Devin Harris added 19 for the Nets, who last missed the playoffs in the 2001 season. Philadelphia's loss to Indiana moved Toronto into sixth place in the East with three games remaining.

T.J. Ford and Andrea Bargnani each had 14 as the Raptors rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second quarter to beat the Nets for the third time in four games this season. Booed every time he touched the ball, Carter blew a kiss to the Toronto crowd after making a third-quarter free throw, bringing even more howls of derision.