Bucks Choke Out the Raptors

Bleacher Report Senior Analyst IJanuary 5, 2009

Toronto (14-21) dominated the Bucks (17-19) in the first quarter tonight, and led up until the very last moments of the third period. Toronto did lead by 13 at one point during the contest as well.

After a see-saw 4th in which the lead changed hands a few times, Luke Ridnour put the dagger in with two giant three pointers. Both occurred in last three minutes including one to put the Bucks up five with 34 seconds left. The Bucks closed it out winning 107-97.

Michael Redd has just been phenomenal lately. Tonight was no different. He was the catalyst and looks like he's posturing for an All-Star spot even with missing a significant amount of games early on. Redd poured in 35 in a game where Bogut was once again not in action due to back spasms. That puts Redd at 25-plus points per game over his last five.

Bench scoring was a giant advantage with three players scoring in double figures. Bell and Session added 11 points with Sessions dropping eight dimes. Charlie V found his stroke again giving the Bucks 25 huge points on 11-22 shooting.

Luc Richard Mbah A Moute, while only scoring four, managed to grab 11 rebounds to pick up some of the slack left by the ailing Bogut.

Toronto's Chris Bosh had a double-double with 31 and 11 to lead the Raptors. The only real question tonight was, “Where was Richard Jefferson?” He only had six points, but really we are splitting hairs, it was a good win and Richard showed his selflessness by being a distributor when the shots just were not falling.

When you wind up the Box Score....pop goes the stats.

Statonomics—The Bucks hit a season high 11 three-pointers. The Bucks managed to win despite allowing the Raptors to shoot a crazy high 54 percent from the field while only hitting 48 percent themselves. Milwaukee had six fewer turnovers than the Raptors.

TBC's Buck of the Game: Michael Redd—35 points on 10-20 shooting, four three-pointers, 9-9 from the charity stripe, six rebounds, four assists, and a steal. Not only is he scoring these days, he’s getting rebounds and assists to help out the team. He has also become a sneakily decent defender this year.

Milwaukee stays home to face the Philadelphia 76ers (13-20) Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.

(AP Photo By Morry Gash)