Written by Brandon George
Raptors star Chris Bosh shows he's one of the best
ARLINGTON - Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh played high school basketball at Lincoln and still lives in Dallas during the off-season.
But he appeared right at home a few miles west Sunday night during the NBA All-Star Game at Cowboys Stadium.
In front of a basketball-record crowd of 108,713, Bosh calmly sunk two free throws with five seconds left to give the East a 141-139 victory over the West.
"108,000 people are watching, and it's a little different kind of setting. I wanted to make it, and I'm glad I did," Bosh said. "I'm glad you asked me that question instead of me missing. I would have had to listen to my friends after this game."
Bosh, playing in front of several friends and family members, finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes.
He wasn't the only local product to shine Sunday, however. Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams - the former standout of The Colony who was playing in his first All-Star game - scored 14 points and added six assists and four steals in 28 minutes for the West.
Williams' highlight came in the second quarter, when he dunked over Miami's Dwyane Wade off an alley-oop pass from Denver's Chauncey Billups.
Bosh also had an instant impact. He entered the game with 5:43 left in the first quarter and took only eight seconds to score. He took a pass from Boston's Rajon Rondo and scored on a driving dunk. VERNON BRYANT / DMN Lincoln's Chris Bosh (4) finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. He was the only player on the East squad with a double-double. View larger More photos Photo store
He was only getting started.
Bosh made his first five shots of the first half before missing his last two and had 10 points and six rebounds at the break.
Bosh entered the game in the second half with 5:33 left in the third quarter. A minute later, he took a pass from Cleveland's LeBron James and dunked. Later in the third quarter, he scored six points in a 1:03 span that concluded with another dunk, this time off a pass from Chicago's Derrick Rose, that gave the East a 115-104 lead.
Bosh's three-point play with 4:29 to play gave the East a 133-126 lead. On it, he made a layup and was fouled by the Lakers' Pau Gasol.
"This has been great for me," Bosh said. "It's great for the city of Dallas, to be able to showcase this big, great, grand arena."