Bogut returns as Bucks beat Raptors 96-85

Friday, January 30, 2009



Charlie Villanueva had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Richard Jefferson added 17 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors 96-85 on Friday night for their first win since leading scorer Michael Redd suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Redd blew out his knee last Saturday and the Bucks lost their next two games without their high-scoring guard and their center, Andrew Bogut.

Bogut returned to the lineup against the Raptors after missing eight games with back spasms and scored 13 points. Luke Ridnour added 15 points for Milwaukee.

All-Star Chris Bosh scored 18 for the Raptors, and Andrea Bargnani and Jermaine O'Neal each add 16 points and Anthony Parker 12.

Toronto had won three straight coming in, but failed to record its first four-game winning streak since Dec. 9-14 of last season.

Trailing by two points at the half, the Raptors fell apart with a dreadful 5-for-20 shooting performance in the third, getting outscored 21-12 as the Bucks took a 70-59 edge into the fourth.

Milwaukee pushed its lead to 18 before Toronto clawed back. Bargnani made a 3-pointer, Calderon stripped Ridnour at midcourt and converted a layup and O'Neal added a basket as the Raptors cut it to eight, 86-78, with 3:59 left.

But Bogut stopped the run with a slam and Ridnour made a jumper to keep the Bucks safe.

O'Neal was ejected with 2:04 remaining after picking up his second technical. O'Neal, who got his first for arguing a call earlier in the fourth, picked up his second for an angry exchange of words with Villanueva, who objected to O'Neal's hard foul on Jefferson.

Bargnani had 13 points in the first, including an acrobatic reverse layup on a pass from Parker, as Toronto led 30-24 after one quarter.

But Bargnani didn't score again until the fourth, shooting 1-for-9 the rest of the way.

Bosh scored 10 points for Toronto in the second but Villanueva matched it with 10 for the Bucks, giving him 16 in the first half, as Milwaukee reclaimed the lead and took a slim 49-47 edge into the break.

After coming off the bench to replace Francisco Elson at 6:30 of the first, Bogut scored a layup on his first shot, converted a three-point play on the next possession and had seven points in his first two minutes.

Calderon's streak of consecutive free throws ended at 87 after he missed his second attempt in the fourth. It's the second-longest streak in NBA history behind Minnesota's Micheal Williams, who made 97 straight in 1993.

Notes: The Bucks are 6-11 without Redd this season. ... Bosh and Toronto coach Jay Triano also got technical fouls. ... Ridnour started for Milwaukee two days after leaving in the fourth quarter of a loss at Indiana with a concussion. ... Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch attended the game, as did actor Don Diamont.

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