After a close, physical first three quarters, both the Raptors and Bucks hit the final frame tied at 76-76. A clutch three and some hustle defence from Carlos Delfino put the Bucks ahead 85-80, but an 8-2 Raptors run put the home side back up by one with just under five minutes to play.
It was the last time the Raptors led, as Delfino hit another huge three, Andrew Bogut hit a tough hook shot in the post and Drew Gooden drilled a long baseline jumper that pushed Milwaukee's advantage to 98-92 with 43 seconds to go. The Raptors couldn't get it under four points the rest of the way as Brandon Jennings and Gooden iced it at the line.
In his second game back from injury, Drew Gooden came off the bench and gave the Bucks a huge lift with 22 points and 11 rebounds in just 25 minutes off the bench. He was at his best came in a fourth quarter that saw him put up 12 and eight.
"He came in and got some good looks and he knocked them down," said Bucks' head coach Scott Skiles. "We ran some high pick-and-rolls with him, he popped away and we delivered the ball to him. He’s been able to make that shot on top of the floor, he knocked them down tonight and he rebounded the ball well too."
James Johnson continues to display some interesting growth when fed major minutes and Wednesday was no exception. He shot better than 50 per cent from the field for a fifth straight game and added to his surprising block total, but he also grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds in 32 minutes.
"I just think that I was in the right spot at the right time," said Johnson. "Nothing too big. Trying to get rebounds of course, we’re short some rebounders and don’t want Reggie (Evans) doing all the work."
"That’s the one thing we talked about, that’s why you can’t double team Bogut. He’s good and you have to try and guard him one-on-one. As soon as you bring another guy, he’s going to find shooters. As I said earlier, he’s as good a passer for a big man as there is in the league and he’ll find you on the perimeter. We knew that going in and we had to guard him one-on-one. We battled and tried to make him work for every point he got."
- Jay Triano, on a big night for Andrew Bogut
Sat., Apr. 2 vs. Bulls
8:00 PM ET, Sportsnet One, FAN590
The Raptors try for a season series split with the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls. Chicago dominated the first two matchups before the Raptors bounced back on Feb. 23rd at ACC with a solid 118-113 victory in James Johnson's Raptors debut against his former club. The Bulls have gone 15-3 since that defeat.
|1-17||Bucks new record when an opponent shoots better than 50 per cent.|
|0-3||Raptors record against the Bucks this season|
|8||Fast break points for the Raptors|
|15||Turnovers for the Raptors|
|14||Times the Raps have either tied or been outscored in the 4th quarter in their last 15 games|
|"I feel good. I don't want it to happen like a couple years ago. I was a little bit of a weird feeling, that's why I stopped. But everything feels good."|
- Jose Calderon on his sore left hamstring
|"Neither team played very good defense tonight. We took advantage of it late, we had a couple of decent defensive possessions, we were able to stop them and get a little space."|
- Bucks head coach Scott Skiles on the fourth quarter
|"They’re fighting for something so try and stop them from getting it. We really are out of a chance of getting it so just have to stand in the way of the next team."|
- DeMar DeRozan, on a motivation for these games