TORONTO (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks collapsed and cost themselves
an important game.
Chris Bosh had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the Toronto
Raptors rallied from a 16-point deficit in the final 6 minutes to
beat the Bucks 97-96 Friday night.
Milwaukee led 94-78 with 5:41 left, before Toronto finished the
game on a 19-2 run -- capped by Bosh's two free throws with 3.4
"Wow, I didn't know we were up that much. I knew we were up a
lot," Milwaukee's Michael Redd said. "It's frustrating to lose
this game, especially a game we had to have. Washington lost
tonight so we could have made up ground."
The Bucks are seventh in the Eastern Conference, 1½ games behind
"That's been our story all year," Milwaukee center Jamaal
Magloire said. "We've been up and down, we haven't been
Bobby Simmons had 21 points, but just two in the fourth quarter.
Redd went 1-for-6 from the field in the fourth and finished with 17
Toronto won despite shooting just 39 percent.
"With maybe 5 minutes to go, I looked at Chris and said 'Yo,
Chris we gonna win this?' I said there's enough time so lets keep
playing," James said.
After Redd scored Milwaukee's only basket in the final 5 minutes
on a layup, Toronto's Mike James made a 3-pointer from the corner
to cut Milwaukee's lead to one with 35 seconds left.
Redd then missed an open 3-pointer, and Simmons fouled Bosh on a
drive -- giving him a chance to complete the comeback.
"We made something out of nothing," Bosh said. "They gave us
a little daylight and we took it. We didn't play as nearly as good
as we are capable of but we still found a way."
Milwaukee failed to get above .500 for the first time since Feb.
Magloire, a Toronto native, had 12 points and nine rebounds for
Simmons and Redd capped a 12-4 run with consecutive 3-pointers,
giving Milwaukee a 66-56 lead with 6:07 left in the third.<
^Notes@: Magloire had at least 75 tickets for family, friends and
some youth basketball teams that he sponsors. A free agent after
next season, Magloire has said in the past he would love to play
for Toronto. On Friday, he said the hiring of general manager Bryan
Colangelo was a great new beginning for the Raptors. He also said
his style of play would complement power forward Chris Bosh. ...
Toronto center Rafael Araujo made a rare appearance and was booed.
It was just his second game since general manager Rob Babcock was