Another game and another loss for the Toronto Raptors. This time the opponent was the Milwaukee Bucks. Dropping a 104-98 decision to a Bucks team who is fighting hard to maintain in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Raptors have now lost five straight.
On Wednesday night, Brandon Jennings led the way with 25 points, but he had help as Drew Gooden scored 22 points to go with 11 rebounds and Andrew Bogut added 17 points and 10 rebounds of his own.
Unlike some of the recent performances from the Raptors, this one was tightly contested and came down to the final minutes and then seconds as the Bucks took care of business at the free throw line to sew up the victory.
It was the first time this season that the Bucks have won a game where they allowed their opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the floor. Toronto’s defence wasn’t much better than Miluwakee’s as they gave up 49 percent shooting to the Bucks.
While they kept it close, the Raptors were unable to execute down the stretch. With Jose Calderon on the bench after leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a sore left hamstring, the team couldn’t get it done in the final minutes. Twice, three-pointers from Carlos Delfino in the fourth quarter boosted the Bucks above the Raptors. After the game, Brandon Jennings would say that the pair of fourth-quarter three-pointers and a steal from Delfino made the difference in the game.
Another loss might be tough to swallow, but at least this game had competition and intensity. As the team finishes out the season, now is a time to look at the growth and maturation of the guys on the roster and to find positives outside of wins and losses. A couple things to be pleased with:
- James Johnson had a career-high 10 rebounds to go with his eight points.
- DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting, marking the 22nd time this season he has topped the 20-point mark.
- Leandro Barbosa had 18 points off of the bench on 7-for-14 shooting.
Raptors player of the game: DeMar DeRozan – 20 points, 8-f0r-15 fgs, 4-for-4 fts, 3 rebs,1 ast, 3 stls
Bucks player of the game: Andrew Bogut – 17 pts, 8-for-12 fgs, 1-2 fts, 10 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls, 2 blks
Goat of the game: Sonny Weems – 7:42 minutes – Zeros across the board.