Bucks 108, Raptors 87

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—When the Milwaukee Bucks spread the ball around this much, they don’t need Michael Redd to shoulder the scoring load.

Bobby Simmons scored 18 points and the Bucks held the Toronto Raptors to another miserable shooting performance in a 108-87 victory on Friday night.

Milwaukee had a season-high 33 assists.

“I like the way we had 33 assists,” said Redd, who finished with 15 points, 10 off his season average. “That blew it open because they didn’t know who to guard. It opened up for everybody else.”

Milwaukee wanted to keep the tempo up and hit open shots. Toronto gave the Bucks plenty of opportunities for both as Simmons finished 7-of-8 from the field, including hitting all three of his 3-point attempts.

“What the defense gave me, that’s what I took,” Simmons said. “I didn’t force anything.”

But the biggest win for the Bucks this season didn’t have a happy ending after super sub Mo Williams fell awkwardly on his left ankle after landing on a Raptors player during a 3-pointer with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter.

Williams, who coach Terry Stotts mentioned as a leading candidate for Sixth Man of the Year before the game, was carried off the court by Andrew Bogut and Jamaal Magloire. He left after scoring 15 points and was diagnosed with a sprain pending the outcome of X-rays, which will happen on Saturday if swelling goes down.

“It didn’t look good,” Stotts said. “It’s very disappointing. You try to get everybody healthy. We’re trying to build a rhythm and he kind of had a bounce to his step the last couple of games.”

The Raptors—who came into the game allowing teams to shoot 49 percent, second worst in the league behind Seattle—looked as inept as ever defensively, despite the dismissal of general manager Rob Babcock on Thursday in losing their fourth straight.

“It wouldn’t be fair to the Milwaukee Bucks to try to take away from their game tonight. They beat us. They physically beat us,” Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. “To try and make excuses just wouldn’t be right.”

Both of the Bucks’ starting big men ended up with double doubles.

Bogut had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Magloire had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

“We wanted to take advantage of both those guys inside, they finished around the basket,” Stotts said. “They did a nice job of fighting when they were open.”

Chris Bosh scored 21, Jalen Rose added 14 and Charlie Villanueva 13 for Toronto.

“Every team goes through changes. It’s up to us as players to put that aside and just play,” Bosh said. “It’s hard to see positives getting beat by 20, plain and simple.”

The Bucks, who never trailed, opened the second half with an 11-0 run that included a pair of easy layups by Magloire.

The Raptors missed from everywhere, going just 30-of-74 from the field and went on a scoring drought of 5:21 to open the second half before Rose’s layup cut Milwaukee’s lead to 65-46.

Milwaukee outscored Toronto 56-32 in the paint and shot 58 percent from the field (45-of-77).

The Raptors were 47-78 in Babcock’s year and a half tenure. But he made several questionable moves, including receiving little in return when he traded All-Star Vince Carter to the New Jersey Nets last season. His first round draft pick in the 2004 draft—center Rafael Araujo—has been a bust.


Bosh scored 13 of his 21 points in the first quarter. … Milwaukee is 18-2 when scoring more than 100 points. … G Charlie Bell played for the Bucks for the first time since spraining his knee on Dec. 12. Bell finished with five points. … The Bucks are 8-0 against the Atlantic Division. … Toronto is 6-7 on the road against the Eastern Conference.

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