Bosh stars as Raptors down Bucks
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh scored 30 points and gathered
eight rebounds to pace Toronto past the Milwaukee Bucks, 90-77, at the Bradley
Anthony Parker dropped in 18 points while T.J. Ford finished with 15 points
and 10 assists for the Raptors, who have won three of their last four.
Andrew Bogut totaled 17 points and 18 rebounds for Milwaukee, which has
dropped four in a row and five of six. The Bucks were
playing their second game without the services of Michael Redd, who will miss
four-to-six weeks with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee.
Ruben Patterson also had 17 points in defeat.
“The second half went terrible. We couldn’t hit any shots,” Patterson said.
The two teams fought to a 28-28 first-quarter deadlock, but Toronto
outscored the Bucks 26-18 in the second frame to grab a 54-46 halftime edge.
Milwaukee actually owned a 39-33 advantage early in the second following a
Ersan Ilyasova bucket, but the Raptors countered with an 11-2 burst that put
them in front by three.
The score remained tight until the final seconds, when Parker struck from
behind the arc and Bosh followed with a traditional three-point play on the
next sequence to give the road team an eight-point advantage at intermission.
Bosh led all scorers at halftime with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
The Raptors then started the third quarter with a 7-2 spurt, capped by
Parker’s slam, to up the lead to 61-48. Milwaukee only scored 11 points in the
entire quarter, and trailed 71-57 with 12 minutes to play.
“It’s always satisfying for every win you get,” Ford said.
The Bucks briefly moved within double digits midway through the fourth, but
never seriously threatened.
The Bucks have dropped four in a row for the second time this season…The 11
points in a quarter was a season low for Milwaukee. The previous low was
versus Cleveland on January 5, when the Bucks scored 12 in a stanza.