Bucks 104, Raptors 98
Finally healthy after long absences, Drew Gooden and Michael
Redd are giving the Milwaukee Bucks a big boost in their chase for
a playoff berth.
Brandon Jennings scored 25 points, Gooden and Andrew Bogut each
had double-doubles and the Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors 104-98
”The guy that hurt us was Gooden,” Raptors coach Jay Triano
said. ”When he came in he made jump shots against our second unit
and that hurt us.”
Gooden had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Bogut had 17 points and
10 rebounds for the Bucks, who had lost three of their previous
four games. Carlos Delfino added 14 points for Milwaukee.
”Drew is a big part of this team,” Jennings said. ”He’s a
great rebounder and he’s a great screen-and-pop shooter. When he’s
out there making shots, it opens up the offense a lot.”
The Bucks are three games behind Indiana for the final playoff
spot in the East. Milwaukee, which has eight games left to play,
visits Indiana on Friday night.
”This is probably do or die for us,” Bogut said. ”This game
is everything for us and probably everything for them, too.”
Jennings agreed with Bogut’s assessment of the looming matchup
with the Pacers, who beat Detroit on Wednesday.
”This might be the biggest game of the season for us,” he
Gooden and Redd returned from injury in Monday’s one-point loss
at Charlotte. Redd had missed 14 months after two knee surgeries,
while Gooden had not played since Jan. 21 with plantar fasciitis in
his left foot.
”You can say it’s similar to making a trade and having two guys
come in, but we didn’t trade anybody,” Gooden said. ”It’s a plus
for us to be healthy right now and contributing down the
The strain of an extended spell on the sidelines showed in
Gooden’s performance against Charlotte, when he missed five of six
shots. He was more comfortable against Toronto, making his first
”Even though we didn’t win against Charlotte, to have an
opportunity to go out there and play really eased a lot of pressure
off my shoulders,” Gooden said.
Held scoreless in Charlotte, Redd finished with five points in
eight minutes, notching his first points since Jan. 8, 2010, on a
second quarter 3-pointer.
”He got a real good look at the 3 and put it right in the
middle,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said.
Andrea Bargnani scored 22 points and DeMar DeRozan had 20 for
the Raptors, who lost their fifth straight. Leandro Barbosa had 18
points and Jose Calderon scored 13 before leaving with a sore left
Bargnani (right ankle) and Reggie Evans (right foot) returned to
Toronto’s lineup after sitting out Saturday’s road loss to the Los
The Bucks led 85-80 with 7:19 remaining, but DeRozan made two
free throws and a jump shot and Bargnani added a driving layup to
put the Raptors up 88-87 with 4:49 left.
Delfino answered with a 3-pointer and Gooden drained two from
the line to give Milwaukee a 92-88 lead with 2:50 to go.
Toronto twice cut the deficit in half on reverse layups from
Jerryd Bayless and Barbosa, but a hook shot by Bogut and a jumper
from Gooden put Milwaukee up 98-92 with 43 seconds left, and the
Bucks sealed victory at the free-throw line.
The Raptors started hot, making 10 of their first 11 shots to
open a 24-12 lead. But Toronto made just two more field goals in
the final four minutes of the quarter as Milwaukee closed the gap
to 28-22 after one.
Jennings scored eight points in the second and Earl Boykins had
seven as the Bucks rallied to take a 52-49 lead at the half.
Bargnani scored 12 points in the third and Evans made a layup
with 4 seconds left in the quarter to tie it at 76 heading to the
Notes: The Bucks won for the first time this season when their
opponent shot better than 50 per cent. … Toronto’s James Johnson
added a career-high 10 rebounds. … Bayless was called for a
flagrant foul after shoving Milwaukee’s Jon Brockman into the
stanchion on a fast break in the second. Brockman shot his free
throws before leaving with an injured left shoulder. … Skiles
said he’s been asked to limit Redd to single digits in minutes as
he gets back in game shape. Redd played 15 minutes Monday. …
Canadian ATP tennis player Milos Raonic attended the game.