Bucks hold off Bosh, Raptors
Andrew Bogut had 27 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out and the Milwaukee Bucks held on to beat the Toronto Raptors 113-107 on Wednesday night, overcoming Chris Bosh's career-high 44 points.
The Bucks, leading 103-100, appeared to be in big trouble after Bogut picked up his sixth foul on the offensive end with 4:11 left when Jarrett Jack slipped in behind him and drew a foul.
Bosh hit two free throws to cut it to 103-102, but Toronto failed to grab the rebound and Milwaukee went on a 7-0 run with a second-chance basket on each possession.
By the time Bosh scored his career-best 44th point on a dunk with 37 seconds left, the game was no longer in doubt. Bosh also had 12 rebounds
Jose Calderon's 3-pointer gave Toronto an 87-86 lead early in the fourth, but newly acquired Jerry Stackhouse answered with a 3 and Milwaukee led 95-89 while Bosh missed two shots and was called for charging into Bogut.
Bosh's physical play got Bogut in trouble, too, and the 7-footer committed two fouls in a 38-second span to end his night. Instead of a rally by the Raptors, they fell to 3-5 when Bosh scores 40 or more.
This time, it was because the Raptors couldn't get a rebound on the defensive end.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored on a tip-in, Ersan Ilyasova converted a three-point play and Charlie Bell deflected a loose ball off a Toronto player and scored on the ensuing inbound play to give Milwaukee a 110-102 lead with 51 seconds left.
Former Raptor Carlos Delfino had 22 points, rookie Brandon Jennings had 16 and Bell 11 for the Bucks. Calderon scored 16 points, and Hedo Turkoglu added 13 for the Raptors.
But Toronto squandered an 11-point first-half lead and Bosh's big night.
Stackhouse, signed Monday, played 17 minutes and made an immediate impact when he entered late in the first quarter, grabbing a defensive rebound and adding an assist. Stackhouse finished with three points, five rebounds and four assists.
The 15-year veteran probably felt a little old, too, on the defensive end. He was guarding Raptors rookie DeMar DeRozan, who was 6 when Stackhouse made his NBA debut in 1995.
NOTES: The two teams play each other again on Friday in Toronto. ... Stackhouse had been working out with North Gwinnett High in Suwanee, Ga., near his Atlanta-area home. ... Milwaukee assigned F Joe Alexander to Fort Wayne of the NBADL on Wednesday. Alexander, the eighth overall pick in 2008 who has spent the first half of the season with a hamstring injury, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after Milwaukee declined to pick up the first option year on his rookie contract.