Raps put up bricks

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

The Raptors shot the lights out at the Air Canada Centre last night. Unfortunately, they were aiming for the basket.

The visiting Milwaukee Bucks threw a zone at Toronto early, and smothered all-star forward Chris Bosh with double and triple teams. Bosh, who finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds for his 28th double-double of the season, did the right thing by kicking the ball back out to his teammates, but the Raptors shot a dismal 37% from the field.

That resulted in a 94-81 loss to the Bucks, who are one of the worst road teams in the NBA. The loss dropped Toronto to 32-27 and lifted Milwaukee to 22-37.

Almost as bad, the Raptors shot 10-for-31 from beyond the arc.

"Thirty one is probably too many but we had some awfully good looks," head coach Sam Mitchell said. "You can't jump up and down in joy when they go in and be a hater when they don't. If there's an open shot and it's the guy we want to shoot the ball, then he's got to shoot it."

Mitchell said many of his players became tentative early when the shots failed to fall, and that snowballed into a bad night.

"It was probably the worst shooting night of the year," he said.

In fact, it was the second-lowest field goal shooting percentage of the season for Toronto (they shot 35% on Dec.10 against Portland), and the 28 field goals made was a season-low.

"Sometimes you live by the jump shots and you die by the jump shots, and it was one of those nights," said Morris Peterson, who started at the shooting guard spot for the injured Anthony Parker (sprained right ankle) and scored 10 points.

As for Bosh, the all-star power forward said the constant attention was not frustrating, only the outcome.

"I'm pretty used to it by now," he said. "I know the right plays to make. It's an opportunity for my teammates to step up. It's only frustrating when I try to force shots and I miss.

"I'm sure a lot of teams are going to be watching this film and make adjustments to play us, but this is the first time we've struggled with the zone," Bosh added. "Usually we're pretty good against it, because we've those guys spotting up and making shots."

The Raptors face the Cavaliers in Cleveland tonight.

Former Raptor Charlie Villanueva, who was traded to Milwaukee in the off-season for T.J. Ford, had 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Milwaukee's Michael Redd led all scorers with 21.

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REPORT CARD

C Offence: The Raptors committed 19 turnovers, leading directly to 23 Milwaukee points. Toronto launched 31 three-pointers, converting on only 10. Shot a dismal 37% from the field.

B Defence: The Raptors out-rebounded the high-scoring Bucks, 47-41, and kept Milwaukee to 45% from the floor.


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