Gutsy Raptors Effort Comes Up Short Against Bucks
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Jay Satur
Apr. 11, 2011

An eight-man Raptors unit consisting of the team's youngest players had built a double-digit lead in the first half. Even though they were looking gassed as their second game in as many nights wore on, the Raptors managed to hold a lead for the majority of the game and were looking good after a 6-0 run put them ahead 77-71 with nine minutes to go in the game.

But Raptors turnovers helped fuel a 15-0 Bucks run that completely swung momentum. Toronto countered with a 7-0 run to pull within 86-84, but Drew Gooden hit a hook shot in the post and added a three-point play to put it out of reach with under a minute remaining.



Brandon Jennings (21 points, six rebounds, three assists, four steals) was part of a big backcourt effort from the Bucks and was intrumental in turning the tide in the fourth quarter. During the decisive Milwaukee run, Jennings scored on three consecutive fast breaks, tying the game and then putting the Bucks ahead for good.

"We were able to get down and get a stretch of easy layups for a change instead of having the burden on our half-court offense to get shots," Bucks head coach Scott Skiles said post-game of that key sequence.


Joey Dorsey had a spot start in favour of Reggie Evans and although he struggled around the basket offensively with a 3-12 shooting night, he did an incredible impersonation of the man he was replacing with his work on the glass -- hauling down career-highs in offensive rebounds (10) and total rebounds (20).

"You just try to go out there and do whatever Reggie does" said Dorsey post-game. "Try to grab every rebound and give 100 per cent whenever I'm out on the court. Whenver Jay [Triano] gives me a chance to play, I just try to go out there and do everything he asks me to do."


"We know how good [Andrew] Bogut is, not only as a rebounder but as a defensive player. Our goal was to drive the ball to the basket and when we did that, if a big comes over and helps, it opens things up for offensive rebounding. Joey (Dorsey) was the beneficiary most of the time by going and getting second opportunities for us, but we didn’t drive as much in the second half as we would’ve liked. I think our guys just ended up running out of gas a little bit."

- Jay Triano, on attacking the Bucks without Bogut


Wed., Apr. 13 vs. Heat
  7:00 PM ET, Sportsnet One, FAN590

The Raptors end the 2010-11 season against the Heat with the participation of Miami's top players up in the air after Monday's results. A Heat win coupled with a Celtics loss ensured Miami of the second seed in the East meaning there's little incentive to play their stars heavy minutes, or at all, in Toronto on Wednesday. The Heat lead the season series 3-0.

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By The Numbers
16 Bucks points off 20 Raptors turnovers
20 Raptors points off 16 Bucks turnovers
18-7 Second-chance points favouring the Raptors
7 Number of Raptors (inluding Dorsey) who have grabbed at least 20 rebounds in one game
0-4 Raps record vs. the Bucks this season. It's the Bucks' first sweep of this season series in nine years.
They Said It...
"In the first half I think we did a really good job and then in the second half, it was me. I was careless with the ball, I missed shots. I played terrible."

- Jerryd Bayless on his performance
Linas Kleiza "You don’t often find a game where your starters and your bench play well together, especially given the record we have."
- Bucks head coach Scott Skiles on a total team effort
Linas Kleiza "That's not surprising for me to see that from Joey. He can do that. He's been doing that his whole career."
- DeMar DeRozan, on the performance of Joey Dorsey