Raps Fall To Bucks In OT Thriller For Tenth Straight Loss
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Jay Satur
Jan. 28, 2011
TORONTO, ON
IT WAS OVER WHEN...

The overtime frame started with Andrew Bogut dropping three straight hook shots, before the Raptors clawed back and tied it. Corey Maggette then hit a three-pointer that bounced around and dropped but Sonny Weems then missed a three with 34 seconds to play. Milwaukee rebounded, the Raptors immediately fouled and the Bucks pulled away on free throws.

Waves of strong play from the Raptors, but with the Bucks shooting 55 per cent, the errors in execution eventually took a toll.

 

THE GAME CHANGER

Some great performances from Maggette and Ersan Ilyasova in the Bucks' frontcourt, but Bogut was a force. He scored 12 points in the first quarter to deny the Raptors a quick start and the decision to feed him the ball early and often in overtime proved to be a good one.

"We wanted to go down to him even more than that, we had trouble getting him the ball at certain times tonight," said Bucks head coach Scott Skiles. "Those three baskets were huge, it got us a little separation, took a burden off us."

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

Strong effort from Amir Johnson, who had a season-high 24 points on great shooting percentages, while adding 12 rebounds and two steals. He hit three big free throws in the finals seconds of the fourth quarter to send it to overtime and went eight-of-nine overall from the stripe -- tying his career-high in attempts.

An up and down night for him defensively as he had a tough matchup with Ersan Ilyasova, but also made some solid stands against Bogut in the post.

THAT'S A RAP

"It’s tough, our best guys didn’t have very good games tonight. DeMar and Andrea struggled a little bit tonight and that is going to happen sometimes. It’s a good learning experience, DeMar has got to learn how to play against more physical guys. (Carlos) Delfino got into his body and (Cory) Maggette got into Sonny’s body and those two guys get to the free throw line 18 times and our guys get there five times. They are men and our guys have to get a little bit stronger and better with the basketball." - Jay Triano, on tough nights for Bargnani/DeRozan
 

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Sat., Jan. 29 @ Minnesota
  8:00 PM ET, TSN, FAN590

GAME NOTES:
The Raptors end the month of January back out on the road for a three-game road trip, beginning with the Timberwolves in Minneapolis. Toronto has won the last 12 meetings, with their last defeat against the Wolves coming on Jan. 21, 2004. The Raptors must contend with Kevin Love (21.6 ppg, 15.7 rpg), who's coming off a 31-point, 21-rebound effort in a win vs. OKC on Wednesday.

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They Said It...
"It’s tough but you know everybody goes through it. You have just got to find a way to get out of the slump and get back rolling."

- DeMar DeRozan on the losing streak
Linas Kleiza "We just made some plays that generally you can’t make and recover from and still win, but we were able to do it tonight."

- Bucks head coach Scott Skiles on late-game execution
Linas Kleiza "It was tough because Ilyasova is a good shooter and Maggette is a good vet man and he’s been doing it for years. He likes to drive against the body and he does that well."

- Amir Johnson, on containing key Bucks