By intermission, the Raptors were leading 56-49. At one point, Toronto’s lead was extended to as much as 11.
“In the first half, we allowed them to stay in the game with offensive rebounds, second and third opportunities,’’ Jarrett Jack said.
With absolutely no one capable of defending Bosh, the Raptors star had a field day, making virtually every shot he attempted from the field.
When he wasn’t scoring from the field, Bosh was getting to the line and converting with regularity.
“Chris played great,’’ Jack said. “It was a real dominant effort. For us to be successful, we need to get production from everyone.
“We can’t allow him to carry the entire load.”
More whispers are beginning to surface suggesting Antoine Wright is the most likely Raptor to be moved before the NBA's trade deadline on Feb. 18. Wright is a free agent this summer and was acquired by Toronto in that multi-team deal for Hedo Turkoglu this past off-season. Wright's long-term future in Toronto was always in doubt from the moment he was acquired. What is interesting about the Wright rumour is a sense that his hard-nosed approach has somehow rubbed some off his teammates the wrong way.
It doesn’t get much worse than this.
By the play-by-play I see, there were 15 seconds left on the 24-second clock and the Raptors were down three and there was more than a minute left in the game when Antoine Wright, a 32 per cent three-point shooter this season, hoisted a terrible miss from the corner.
Chris Bosh at that time had scored 42 of his 44 points, Andrew Bogut was on the bench having fouled out and I wonder if that wasn’t the time to, you know, drive the ball and be aggressive or get it to the guy with the hot hand.
Oh, and after the Wright miss, the Bucks come down, Brandon Jennings misses a layup (just one of the 16 misses he had on 21 shots) and the Raptors still have life, right?
Ersan Ilyasova shrugs off Hedo, tips in the miss, gets fouled, makes the free throw, it’s a six-point game with 1:28 left and it’s over.
That’s two horrific plays at precisely the right time.
And Bosh, who was as good as perhaps he's ever been against the Milwaukee Bucks, was at a loss.
"Sometimes for some reason we just don't do simple things, something as simple as keeping a body on somebody, keeping them off the boards and for some reason, we don't do it," he said in the aftermath of a 113-107 defeat at the hands of the Bucks. "That cost us the game."
And ruined an otherwise brilliant night from Bosh, who scored a career-high 44 points to go along with 12 rebounds.
"It's always a little frustrating," he said after Toronto fell to 21-22 and lost for the second straight night. "You try as hard as you can and you still come up short. It seems to be happening a lot this year."
“A lot of hustle. We needed that. We weren’t shooting the ball that well from the perimeter,” Bogut said. “If we can get some cheap points, that’ll help us win games.”
Milwaukee, losers of five of the last seven, is 3-9 in games decided by three points or less.
It appeared this one would be that close, too, but by the time Bosh scored his career-best 44th point on a dunk with 37 seconds left, the game was no longer in doubt.
“It’s a little frustrating,” said Bosh, who can opt out of his contract at the end of the season. “You try as hard as you can, but you still come up short. It seems to be happening a lot this year, but I don’t know what else to do. I’m just going to keep playing.”
Chris Bosh dropped in a career-high 44 points but he got precious little help as the Toronto Raptors dropped a 113 to 107 decision to the Milwaukee Bucks. Franchise breaks down one frustrating loss for the Dinos…
Nocioni's contract runs three years, declining each season to $6.6 million in 2011-12 with a team option for a fourth year.
A Reggie Evans or Marcus Banks plus Wright for Nocioni trade works (with minor luxury tax concerns that should be able to be overcome).
The Kings are not going to be expecting much for him. He is no longer needed and there is that November DUI issue hanging out there. Plus Reggie Evans may just fit their future needs.
Or an Evans plus Banks for Nocioni plus Sergio Rodriguez deal also works.
Bosh scored a career-high 44 points, hitting 15 of 26 field goals and 14 of 15 free throws. Jose Calderon added 16 for the Raptors (21-22).
Bogut finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Bucks (17-23) halted a two-game skid and responded positively after a 1-5 road trip against Western Conference teams.
Delfino added 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists in his second strong game against the team that traded him to Milwaukee last summer. Delfino had 14 points and eight rebounds in a 117-95 Milwaukee victory over the Raptors back on Dec. 9.
The two teams meet again on Friday, giving Delfino another shot at his old team.
The victory also marked the Milwaukee debut of Jerry Stackhouse, who was signed on Tuesday. Stackhouse made just 1 of 5 shots, but when his 3-pointer gave Milwaukee an 89-87 lead with 9:05 left, the Bucks would never trail again.
"That's going to look good in the paper tomorrow," Stackhouse joked.
The Bucks needed this win at home if only to remember what it felt like to get a win against a healthy team. As they travel to Toronto on Friday they can feel good about having beat the Raptors twice this year because they’ll need all of their confidence and effort if they’re going to be the Raptors on the road. If Bogut can put together another night like this and Chris Bosh comes back down to Earth a little bit, Friday will be a prime opportunity to steal one on the road.
CB4 real. Bosh, utterly unstoppable. We have seen Kobe and Dirk hit game-winners, and watched Nash and Duncan toy with the defense, but no one to date has lit up the Bucks so easily, so sweetly, so smoothly as the Christopher Wesson Bosh.
Didn't much matter who tried to guard him, and while he was more excellent in the first half (8-11 shooting) than the second (7-15), he notched 22 points in each half for 44 total. That included 14-15 from the line, where he typically does good work. Just incredible stuff all around from a prodigious talent.
All the trade rumors floating around Bosh must bother him. Or he just dusts it off his shoulders and averages career highs in Points, Rebounds, FG%, and 3-point shooting. The Raptors must be STUPID to try to shop him. Chris is a franchise player. Toronto shouldn’t ship him, but build a great team AROUND him. How is it possible for Bosh to have his best season despite playing less minutes in the past few years? Vote for this cowboy .
This one isn’t even close. Bosh is having the best year of his career, averaging 24.2 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg, and all while shooting 52.5% from the field and 42.9% from three-point range. His Toronto Raptors started the season terribly, but have since been on somewhat of a mini-tear. They plowed through the end of December and most of January with Bosh at the helm. He’s been explosive on the year, and he seems to be playing with something to prove. In his matchups against premier big men, Bosh posted some massive numbers, like his 35-point, 16-rebound performance against Dwight Howard. He plays well all the time, especially when it counts.
THE FAN presents all of the highlights (1) and Eric Smith's game recap (2) from Wednesday night's 113-107 Bucks win, in which Chris Bosh's career-high 44 points, in addition to 12 rebounds, went for naught for Toronto.
The first-year Raptor joins Paul to discuss the first half of the team's season, how he plans to improve his disappointing play to date, and his improving defensive performance.
The Raps head coach talked to the morning show about the loss to Cleveland last night and what the future holds for Chris Bosh.
Toronto Raptors (21-21). Their defensive rating, a measure of how many points the team allows per 100 possessions, is a NBA-worst 112.6. Still, it’s an improvement from earlier, when their rating dipped to nearly 118, around the time they suffered a 146-115 blowout loss to Atlanta. But they’re starting to have offensive problems: In his last five games, Hedo Turkoglu is shooting 14-44 and averaging just under eight points. And their bench scoring is still inconsistent.
– “Getting beat is one thing. Getting out-worked and out-hustled is another. This was a frustrating loss.”
Jay Triano talks to the media following the Raptors loss in Milwaukee
Hedo Turkoglu talks to the media following the Raptors loss in Milwaukee.
Chris Bosh talks to the media following the Raptors loss in Milwaukee
Jarrett Jack talks to the media following the Raptors loss in Milwaukee
Almost all night, Bosh had next to no help on offence. Andrea Bargnani has been very good this month, but he was very bad against the Bucks, scoring just 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting. Hedo Turkoglu cannot escape criticism based on past performance as Bargnani can. The small forward had another off night, with 13 points, despite showing a bit more life in Wisconsin than he did a night earlier. Turkoglu did hit three big field-goals in the fourth quarter, but only after three poor quarters.
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.