Raps pass Bucks

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

MILWAUKEE -- Raptors forward Chris Bosh is generally a laid-back guy, but last night he looked downright sleepy.

For three quarters at least.

Bosh had only four points in the opening 36 minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center but exploded for 10 in the fourth as the Raptors won 127-109. The 127 points is a franchise record for points scored on the road.

The victory guarantees the Raps will finish with as many victories as last season -- 33 -- with one game left, tonight at the ACC against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jalen Rose was the leading scorer for Toronto with 29 points while Morris Peterson hit for 24, a season-high on the road.

The Raps, leading 93-89 with 12 minutes remaining, went on a 10-0 tear to start the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Head coach Sam Mitchell handed out plenty of playing time to the team's young guard, rookies Pape Sow, Matt Bonner, Rafael Araujo and Omar Cook.

The third-string point guard who arrived in Toronto on April 9, Cook looked impressive, picking up 10 assists and playing hard on defence.

"He's someone we want to take a look at. He's fast, and we know he is tough to defend," coach Sam Mitchell said of Cook, who was signed for the rest of the season on Monday.

Rafer Alston had 22 points and four assists, and even found time to have a running discussion with a local reporter on the state of high school sports in Wisconsin during timeouts.

Forward Desmond Mason had a big game for Milwaukee, netting 25 points while putting a huge block on Sow under the basket in the third quarter.

The game, which was a yawner early on, heated up late in the third. Milwaukee's Zaza Pachulia picked up a technical foul with 3:17 left in the third when he got into an arm wrestling contest with Bonner after the two went up for a rebound.

Just minutes before, Mason picked up a technical. On the subsequent play, Mitchell wandered on the court to yell at the officials and had to be restrained by Rose after Araujo picked up a questionable foul.

Pachulia was then tossed from the game with 1:53 left in the third after picking up a second technical, prompting Bucks veteran Toni Kukoc to wander over to the Toronto bench and accuse Mitchell of turning the officials against Pachulia.


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