Raptors Struggle on Defense, Lose to Bucks
Milwaukee 108, Toronto 87
MILWAUKEE, Jan. 27 (Ticker) -- Bobby Simmons scored 18 points to lead six players in double figures as the Milwaukee Bucks shot to season-best 58 percent from the field in a 108-87 triumph over the slumping Toronto Raptors.
The Bucks made 45-of-77 as the lit up the defenseless Raptors, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Toronto has surrendered at least 104 points in four of those five losses, the most notable coming when Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant scored 81 points Sunday.
Simmons' frontcourt mates, rookie Andrew Bogut and Jamaal Magloire, also had solid efforts. The 7-foot Bogut collected 14 points and 10 rebounds and the 6-11 Magloire added 13 and 11.
"They have such size and we just can't match that," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "If you double on the bigs, who do you leave open? Michael Redd? Mo Williams? You gotta hope they miss shots and the didn't miss many tonight."
"It was great tonight," Redd said. "Toronto tried to take the ball out of my hands early tonight and we moved the ball and made them pay."
Chris Bosh helped Toronto keep it close in the first quarter, scoring 13 points. However, Milwaukee made 13-of-19 shots in the opening session and took a 27-24 edge into the second period.
Bosh scored just eight points the rest of the way, but the Bucks continued their excellent shooting as they hit 11-of-20 in the period to grab a 54-44 lead at the break.
Redd scored five of his 15 points during an 11-0 burst to open the third quarter. Losers of five of their previous seven, the Bucks cruised the rest of the way.
"We need to put teams away when we have the chance, and that was the mind-set coming out of the half," Redd said.
"That was great basketball," Simmons said. "Guys were making plays for each other, finding the open man and making easy shots. ... It feels great to get an easy one."
Williams, a reserve guard who scored 15 points, appeared to severely sprain his left ankle after hitting a 3-pointer with 2:39 left. He had to be carried to the locker room.
"It is very disappointing," Stotts said. "He was finally getting the bounce back in his step, but we just gotta hope it's not serious and move on."