NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Toronto
(Wednesday, April 9th)
Final Score: Toronto 111, Milwaukee 93
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh poured in 32 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and swatted four shots, helping the Toronto Raptors maintain their playoff positioning with a 111-93 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks at Air Canada Centre.
The Raptors tightened their grasp on the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, though they were unable to gain ground on either Philadelphia or Washington, as both clubs triumphed on Wednesday. Toronto remains one game behind the sixth-place Sixers and two back of the Wizards for fifth.
Anthony Parker provided 18 points for the Raptors, who snapped a three-game skid overall and two-game losing streak at home. T.J. Ford finished with 14 points and seven assists, and Rasho Nesterovic also added 14 points to go with six boards. Andrea Bargnani chipped in with 10 points, as Toronto took the season series, 2-1, and has won three of four and five of the last seven meetings with the Bucks.
Charlie Villanueva scored a season-high 38 points and reeled in 12 rebounds for Milwaukee, which has dropped four consecutive contests overall and 17 of its last 19 as the guest. Michael Redd managed 17 points, and Bobby Simmons tallied 11 points and six boards, while Andrew Bogut ended with 10 points and nine boards, five of which came on the offensive end.
The clubs stayed close until the midway mark of the third session approached, when Toronto caught fire, ripping off 11 consecutive points as part of a 21-6 scoring streak. Bosh netted seven points in the surge, and Nesterovic sealed it with six straight points. By the time his hook shot fell in with 44 seconds remaining, the Raptors had built a comfortable 83-67 cushion.
"In the second half, we pretty much dominated them," explained Bosh. "We played good defense, we ran out, we moved the ball well and we gave them fits on offense. We have to continue to play team basketball on both ends."
Toronto cruised through the final frame, as Milwaukee was unable to cut the deficit to less than double-digits. Meanwhile, the Raptors extended their advantage to as much as 20 points.
"The guys played hard," said Toronto head coach Sam Mitchell. "Hopefully this gives them a bit of individual confidence, and we're going to continue to build on tonight."
The Raptors took a 23-18 advantage into the second stanza.
Trailing 48-47 with halftime approaching, Parker hooked up with Jamario Moon, who buried a basket from beyond the arc with 24 seconds left to give Toronto a 50-48 edge heading into the locker room.
Each squad had only one double-digit scorer in the opening half, but both in a big way. Bosh bucketed 22 points while hauling in eight boards and swatting two shots for the Raptors. Meanwhile, Villanueva accounted for more than half of the Bucks' offensive output, exploding for 27 points and grabbing nine rebounds. The UConn product drained 11 straight Milwaukee points to open the affair, and hit on 6-of-8 threes before the break.
Said Villanueva of his outstanding performance: "It doesn't mean anything to me. I played well, but we lost, and I would rather win. I like to be a winner."
Toronto improved to 39-39 overall, while Milwaukee fell to 26-52...The Raptors climbed to 23-16 at Air Canada Centre...The Bucks slipped to 7-32 on the road...Milwaukee guard Maurice Williams (abdominal strain) did not play...Three of Toronto's final five tilts come against teams with sub-.500 winning percentages...Raptors forward Jamario Moon finished the game with a pair of franchise rookie records. His 71st start of the season eclipsed Damon Stoudamire's mark set in the inaugural 1995-96 campaign, while he passed Bosh's 2003-04 record of 366 defensive rebounds, ending the game with 374...Bucks guard Ramon Sessions tied a career-high with 10 assists, to go along with six points and four boards.
04/09 23:23:08 ET