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Bosh Hits Career-High, But Raps Fall In Milwaukee
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Raptors 113 107 Bucks
Jay Satur
January 20, 2010
Bradley Center
Milwaukee, WI

With Hedo Turkoglu and Jose Calderon finally offering Chris Bosh some form of support in the fourth quarter, the Raptors fought to regain and maintain their lead and steal a win after getting outplayed for most of the second half.

Bosh put them in position to do so by drawing a foul on a lay in for a three-point play with 2:34 remaining to cut the Bucks' lead to 103-102. But Milwaukee went on a 7-0 run over the next 1:43 sparked by second-chance putbacks from Luc Mbah a Moute and Ersan Ilyasova and the Raptors wouldn't threaten again.


Andrew Bogut may have been the biggest factor for Milwaukee in their win, but the huge performance from Chris Bosh kept the Raptors in it until near the end.

One night after putting up team-highs in points and rebounds in 41:51 against Cleveland, he shot 15-26 from the floor, 14-15 from the line for 44 points with 12 rebounds and four assists in over 42 minutes on Wednesday. His hot shooting in the first half (8-11 FGM-A, 22 points) offset Milwaukee's second-chance opportunities generated by their work on the offensive glass.


Bosh delivered above and beyond his usual numbers and the vast majority of his teammates underwhelmed, but Amir Johnson just keeps plugging along and had another workmanlike effort with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Johnson, was also on the floor for 9:27 of the fourth quarter, also matched a career-high in made free throws by going a perfect 6-6 from the line.


"This is a team thats going to score with (Andrew) Bogut down low in the paint, but offensive rebounds, you cant give up 18 offensive rebounds. That was the difference in the game. Its what kept them in it in the first half and its what won it for them in the second half.

- Jay Triano on the loss


Fri., Jan. 22 vs. Milwaukee
7:00 PM ET (TSN, FAN 590)

The Raptors get another shot at the Bucks as they end their home-and-home series and open up a three-game home stand at ACC on Friday. Toronto aims to avoid a three-game series sweep to Milwaukee at home, where they have compiled a 13-6 record this season. Milwaukee has struggled on the road so far this season with a record of 5-6 away from Bradley Center.

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The Numbers
22 Points in the first half for Chris Bosh
22-13 Second-chance point totals favouring the Bucks
53-30 Points in the paint totals favouring the Bucks
21-35 Raptors record all-time against the Bucks
17-10 Offensive rebounding totals favouring the Bucks
They Said It...
Hedo Turkoglu "The games were losing are always close games so its not like were coming out here and getting blown (out) by teams. Its just the little things like execution (that need to change). - Hedo Turkoglu on tough losses to end the season
Scott Skiles "We did a nice job, as we always do, moving the ball and looking for each other and sharing the ball. It was just a matter of could we eventually knock down some shots and we did. - Scott Skiles on Milwaukees assist-to-turnover ratio
Jarrett Jack "I think we honestly could have jumped on them more than we did in the first half. We allowed them to stay in the game with offensive rebounds, second and third opportunities." - Jarrett Jack on the Raptors' start.