Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Friday, November 3rd
Game 2: Wednesday, January 10th
Game 3: Friday, March 2nd
Game 4: Monday, March 12th

Bucks 92

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Raptors 109

(1-1, 1-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 3, 2006

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 21 29 25 1792
    TOR 27 23 29 30109

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee: C. Villanueva 17 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Toronto: C. Bosh 26 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Bosh bounces back as Raptors take bite out of Bucks

    TORONTO (AP) -- Chris Bosh had something to prove: that his season-opening performance wasn't acceptable and neither is losing in Toronto any more.

    Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the new-look Raptors to a 109-92 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

    Bosh rebounded after playing poorly in New Jersey. He had 14 points on 3-for-13 shooting in Wednesday's loss after missing half the preseason with plantar fasciitis.

    The All-Star forward didn't look rusty against Milwaukee -- shooting 12-for-16 from the field. He made five of his first six shots and almost had a double-double at halftime.

    After blocking Ruben Patterson's shot late in the fourth quarter, the usually laid-back Bosh showed his emotions by pumping his fist and getting in his teammates' faces.

    "It was because of the last game and I'm tired of losing," Bosh said. "I don't want to go back to the way things were the year before and previous years."

    Bosh signed a four-year extension this offseason after the team went 93-153 in his first three seasons in Toronto.

    "It's way different now. The attitude is different. We expect to be a good team. We expect to win," Bosh said.

    Teammates noticed how much more intense Bosh was.

    "You rarely see Chris Bosh all amped up," forward Morris Peterson said. "That's what we need. We need our best player to play with that energy and emotion, and tonight we fed off him."

    The Raptors shot 53 percent and had seven players score in double figures. Toronto has nine new players this season, and a league-high six international players.

    The sellout crowd of 19,832 was excited from the start.

    "I've haven't seen this place rocking like that in so long," Peterson said of the Air Canada Centre. "It was crazy in here."

    Andrew Bogut had 18 points for the Bucks, who won their season-opener in Detroit.

    Milwaukee's Charlie Villanueva had 17 points and 11 rebounds against his former team before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with what the team initially said was a pulled right hamstring. He did not return.

    The Bucks later said it's a sore calf. He'll be reevaluated on Saturday.

    "They were hungry and they wanted it more than us," Villanueva said. "They shot the ball pretty well and got things going, and we just kind of got our heads down."

    T.J. Ford -- acquired from Milwaukee in a much-criticized trade -- had 13 points and 11 assists, including 10 points and eight assists in the second half.

    "It was fun getting the win. I don't have anything against the Milwaukee Bucks organization," Ford said.

    Andrea Bargnani -- the first European taken with the No. 1 pick -- played just 10 minutes, none when the game was close in the second half. The 7-foot Italian forward had four points and five rebounds.

    "He's a rookie. It's part of the process of being a rookie. All rookies go through it," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said.

    Toronto pulled away in the fourth quarter -- outscoring Milwaukee 30-17.

    Anthony Parker and Fred Jones made consecutive 3-pointers to give Toronto a 99-82 lead with 5:40 left.

    Game notes

    NBA commissioner David Stern attended the game. ... Longtime Raptors fan Samuel L. Jackson sat courtside. ... Milwaukee's Bobby Simmons (right heel) didn't play. ... The Raptors played the first of a four-game homestand. ... A fan won a car by making a jumper at halftime.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 109
    FGM-FGA 38-86 (.442) 47-88 (.534)
    3PM-3PA 5-20 (.250) 9-21 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 11-14 (.786) 6-10 (.600)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-38 13-44
    Assists 22 27
    Turnovers 15 15
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 3 8
    Fast Break Points 10 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 23

    Top Performers

    Charlie Villanueva Villanueva
    Points: 17
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 26
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2