Bosh and Co. Brush Off Bucks
MILWAUKEE, Feb. 25 (Ticker) --
Behind the play of Chris Bosh
Toronto Raptors finally held off the Milwaukee Bucks in the
Bosh scored 27 points to lead the Raptors to a 106-102 victory
over the Bucks, who had their season-high five-game home winning
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In the previous two meetings between the teams this season, the
Bucks had entered the fourth quarter trailing by seven points
but emerged with a victory both times. Bosh prevented that from
"Our confidence is what has changed," Bosh said. "We're patting
each other on the back and putting our mistakes behind us.
Tonight we proved that despite tough times, we can get difficult
The slender second-year forward scored 21 points through the
first three quarters and had his only two assists on Toronto's
final two baskets.
"Chris is getting smarter on the court and that's why we have
him out there -- to make plays. And that's what he's doing,"
Raptors coach Sam Mitchell
As the clock ticked under the two-minute mark, Bosh drove hard
to the hoop, absorbed a bump from a defender and in the same
motion found a wide-open Rafer Alston
, whose 3-pointer from the
corner put Toronto on top 96-89 with 1:52 left.
"Chris made some big moves and big shots tonight, but that pass
was huge for us," Mitchell said.
Milwaukee got within 98-94 on a three-point play by Joe Smith
with 66 seconds remaining, but Bosh outfought Michael Redd
an offensive rebound on the Raptors' next possession. He
immediately fed Morris Peterson
for a dunk and a six-point lead
with 51 seconds to go.
Bosh's clutch play and five straight free throws kept Toronto
safely ahead in a game it never trailed.
"The frustrating thing was that we were digging ourselves out of
a hole all night, but every time we got to the top of the hole,
they did something to put us back down," Smith said.
added 16 points for Toronto, which won for the third
time in its last four road games. The Raptors had won only one
of their previous 13 away from home and are just 6-21 on the
"It is tough winning on the road," Mitchell said after his team
recorded back-to-back wins on the road for the first time all
season. "There is no such thing as an ugly win, period. Our
guys just hung in and played hard."
scored 21 points for the Bucks, who played their first game since sending
Keith Van Horn
to Dallas and Mike James
and Zendon Hamilton to
Houston. Reece Gaines
and Calvin Booth
, who came to Milwaukee in the deals, did not play.
"We obviously struggled from the field and offensively, we
couldn't get out of a funk and just couldn't get over the hump,"
Bucks coach Terry Porter
Redd, Milwaukee's leading scorer, was held to 14 points on
5-of-20 shooting. He missed a pair of 3-pointers in the closing
moments, the second a wide-open look that resulted in an
"He had a cold night shooting and that's not normal for him,"
Bucks forward Desmond Mason
said. "I think his finger was
bothering him a bit, but it was just one of those bad shooting
Since matching a season high with 39 points in a win over
Charlotte on Tuesday, Redd has 25 points on 10-of-33 shooting in
his last two games.