Ford back in action as Raptors beat Heat

Posted: February 05, 2008

Chris Bosh scored 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting, Andrea Bargnani added 22 and the visiting Toronto Raptors shot 60 percent from the field last night on the way to beating the Miami Heat, 114-82.

The Raptors' T.J. Ford, who hadn't played since colliding with Atlanta rookie Al Horford on Dec. 11, entered with 9:55 left in the second quarter. He finished with four points and four assists in 18 minutes.

Dorell Wright scored 17 points for Miami.

In other games:

* At Minneapolis, Tracy McGrady had 26 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 92-86 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who got 33 points from Al Jefferson.

* At Orlando, Josh Howard scored 28 points and the Dallas Mavericks overcame Hedo Turkoglu's triple-double to hold off the Magic, 107-98.

Turkoglu had 13 points, a career-high 13 assists and 12 rebounds.

* At New York, Corey Maggette scored 19 points in his return to the lineup, and the Los Angeles Clippers snapped a nine-game road losing streak with a 103-94 win over the Knicks.

Maggette had missed the last four games with the flu. Los Angeles assistant coach Kim Hughes filled in for head coach Mike Dunleavy, who missed the game due to illness.

* At Salt Lake City, Deron Williams shot 11-for-13 from the field, including three three-pointers en route to 29 points and 11 assists to lead the Utah Jazz over the New Orleans Hornets, 110-88.

* At Phoenix, Leandro Barbosa had 30 points and Raja Bell (7-for-12 on treys) and Amare Stoudemire added 24 each to lead the Suns to a 118-104 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

* At Seattle, Joe Smith had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Chicago past the SuperSonics, 118-108.

* At Portland, Allen Iverson had 25 points, including a 14-foot jumper with 0.9 seconds left in overtime, and Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and 15 rebounds, to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 105-103 win over the Trail Blazers.

Noteworthy

* Prosecutors are dropping their case against former NBA All-Star Latrell Sprewell, who was accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of their children.

Lucian Chalfen, spokesman for Westchester County (N.Y.) District Attorney Janet DiFiore, said the charges will be dismissed in a year if Sprewell stays out of trouble. The complaint stemmed from a December 2006 incident in which Sprewell allegedly assaulted Candace Cabbil in their home in the New York City suburb of Purchase and refused to let in police for 90 minutes.

* Cleveland star LeBron James pleaded no contest to a speeding charge and paid $259 to settle a ticket he received in December, the Akron Beacon Journal reported. James was ticketed by the State Highway Patrol on Interstate 71 south of Cleveland about 3 a.m. on Dec. 30.

* Battery charges were dropped against Glen Rice after the man allegedly beaten by the former NBA star said he didn't want to pursue the case. Rice was charged with felony battery in January. He went to estranged wife Christina Rice's home and was said to have punched Alberto Perez several times. Perez, hiding in a closet, was cut on the forehead and needed nine stitches, police said.

* New Jersey acquired Memphis forward Stromile Swift for center Jason Collins and cash.

* Phoenix guard Steve Nash said he is an investor and part owner of Women's Professional Soccer, a league that plans to debut in spring 2009. The league expects to have teams in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis and Washington. The league looks to add an eighth team with Philadelphia among the possible cities. *

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