Raptors relish victory over Bucks

Chris Bosh scored 30 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 90-77 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday (11th January).

Milwaukee, Jan 11: Chris Bosh scored 30 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 90-77 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday (11th January).

T.J. Ford had 15 points and 10 assists for the Raptors, who have won three out of four and are tied with New York for the Atlantic Division lead with 16 wins.

It was a fourth loss in a row for the injury-hit Bucks.

The Milwaukee Bucks had just 10 players available for selection - including four rookies - on Wednesday night for the visit of the Toronto Raptors.

Milwaukee's only healthy starter from their projected line-up this season, Andrew Bogut, scored 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.

But Bogut's effort couldn't help prevent his side's fourth defeat in a row.

The Bucks led by six points, at 39-33, as Ersan Ilyasova scored in the second quarter.

But Toronto then went on an 11-0 run spanning half-time to take a 59-46 lead early in the third quarter.

And it didn't take much effort from the Raptors to maintain it.

Chris Bosh missed his first two shots as the Raptors started 1-of-12 from the field.

However, he hit his next eight - and finished 11-for-16 from the field - to help Toronto quickly erase a double-digit deficit.

Anthony Parker added 18 points and top draft pick Andrea Bargnani scored 11 points for Toronto.

In the third quarter, Milwaukee hit just one field goal in a seven-minute stretch, finishing 5-of-19 from the field and 0-of-6 from three-point range with five turnovers in the third quarter.

The Bucks, who never got closer than eight points for the remainder of the game, set season lows for points in a quarter in the third (11) and in the second half (31).

The Raptors would go on to defeat the Bucks 90-77, and, having won three out of four and now tied with New York for the Atlantic Division lead on 16 wins.

FINAL SCORE: Toronto Raptors 90, Milwaukee Bucks 77.

The Bucks lost guard Mo Williams for two to three weeks when he sprained his shoulder in Denver on Monday night.

The previous game, Michael Redd, averaging 27.2 points, hurt a tendon in his left knee and will be out for four to six weeks.

Forward Charlie Villanueva missed his fourth successive game with tendonitis in his right shoulder, and is expected to be out for at least another week.

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