Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 1/27

Game 1: Friday, January 27th
Game 2: Friday, March 17th
Game 3: Sunday, March 26th

Bucks 96

(32-33, 13-19 away)

Raptors 97

(24-42, 13-20 home)

    7:00 PM ET, March 17, 2006

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 27 22 28 1996
    TOR 27 19 20 3197

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee: B. Simmons 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Toronto: C. Bosh 27 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Blk

    Toronto 97, Milwaukee 96

    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 seconds remaining.

    "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 Washington.

    After T.J. Ford failed to get a shot off before the final buzzer, Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut kicked the ball the length of the court in disgust.

    "That's been our story all year," Milwaukee center Jamaal Magloire said. "We've been up and down, we haven't been consistent."

    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 points.

    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.

    Joe Smith capped a 7-0 run with a free throw to give Milwaukee its 16-point lead, but Matt Bonner and Charlie Villanueva got Toronto going with two 3-pointers.

    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. 27.

    Magloire, a Toronto native, had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks.

    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 fired.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 97
    FGM-FGA 38-87 (.437) 32-82 (.390)
    3PM-3PA 7-16 (.438) 11-22 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 13-20 (.650) 22-23 (.957)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-44 12-45
    Assists 21 20
    Turnovers 10 14
    Steals 6 4
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 11 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 20 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 16 4

    Top Performers

    Bobby Simmons Simmons
    Points: 21
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 27
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4