Jack Leads Raptors To A Comeback Win Over Bucks

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January 22, 2010

TORONTO (CP) - After carrying the Toronto Raptors in Milwaukee, Chris Bosh needed a little help at home. He got it Friday from Jarrett Jack.

Jack scored a season-high 27 points for Toronto as the Raptors rallied to beat the Bucks 101-96.

Bosh scored a career-best 44 points in the Raptors previous game on Wednesday but he couldn't do it all by himself in a loss to the Bucks in Milwaukee.

But Bosh was content with 17 points but eight of them came in the fourth quarter as the Raptors came from five points down after three quarters.

"I thought we really had to dig down deep to get ourselves back into the ballgame,'' Jack said. "We just kept fighting and plugging away. We were able to attain the lead and then pull it out at the end.''

The Raptors, without centre Andrea Bargnani because of a sore lower back, trailed by 15 points in the second quarter and by five entering the fourth.

The Raptors took an 88-87 lead on Jack's driving lay-up with 3:49 left in the game and stretched it 90-87 on Marco Belinelli's field goal with 2:05 remaining.

Bosh followed that up with a dunk to put Toronto ahead 92-87.

After the teams exchanged free throws, Luke Ridnour brought Milwaukee to within four at 96-92 on a three-pointer with 19.9 seconds left. A 20-foot running jumper from Ridnour with 10.8 second left made it 99-96 Toronto, but the Bucks would get no closer as Jack sunk two free throws to ice the victory.

Belinelli chipped in with 16 before a crowd of 17,819 at Air Canada Centre.

Ridnour scored 27 points for Milwaukee and Andrew Bogut added 22.

It was the Raptors' (22-22) first win in three games against the Bucks (17-24) this season after two road losses in Milwaukee.

Rasho Nesterovic started for the second time this season in place of Bargnani and had eight points and seven rebounds. Nesterovic also started against Milwaukee on Dec. 9 when Bargnani had a sore ankle.

The Raptors were coming off consecutive losses in Cleveland and Milwaukee. In both games they had a chance to win but were lacking in the late stages.

With Friday's victory, the Raptors their first four-game losing streak since Toronto lost five in a row from Nov. 25 to Dec .2.

Raptors head coach Jay Triano felt his team played well enough defensively against the Bucks on Wednesday but the problem was the lack of rebounding.

"We just had to find a way to create some energy because we just seemed very flat in the first half,'' said Triano. "I think we missed Bargnani a little bit and his ability to score buckets when we need them.''

Triano doesn't use the zone defence much but he decided to against the Bucks and it made the difference in the second half.

"I thought it was a good change of pace,'' Jack said. "It definitely slowed them down. They looked a little bit confused and that was a great call by coach Triano.''

The rebounds were even at 10 for each team after the first quarter on Friday but the Raptors had a 28-25 lead on Jose Calderon's buzzer-beating three-pointer from forty feet.

The Bucks opened the second quarter with a 12-0 run and led by as many as 15 points before taking a 57-48 lead into the second half.

The Raptors opened the second half with an 8-0 run but the surge sagged and the Bucks rallied to a 69-58 lead with 5:04 left in the third quarter and led 73-68 to start the fourth.

"I think that (the zone) slowed us down but we didn't attack it as quick as we should have,'' said Ridnour, who scored 18 points in the fourth quarter.

The Raptors had a 45-39 edge in rebounding for the game.

Notes: The Raptors play six of their next eight at home. . . The Raptors entered Friday's game averaging 43 rebounds at home and 38 on the road. . . The Raptors are home Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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