MILWAUKEE -- T.J. Ford said he does not hold a grudge, but the Raptors' starting point guard performed last night like he wanted to stick it to his old team, the Milwaukee Bucks.
Ford, who was traded to the Raptors for Charlie Villanueva in the off-season, set the tone of the game early as Toronto cruised to a 108-93 victory at the Bradley Center, leading by as much as 20 points in a contest that was completely one-sided until the final minutes.
The victory, which ended with angry words on both sides, was the third in a row for the Raptors, who improved to 35-29. The win also gave Toronto a season series win against Milwaukee for the first time in franchise history. The Raptors were 3-1 versus the Bucks.
Ford, who spent three seasons with the Bucks, scored nine of Toronto's final 10 points in a 120-119 overtime win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday and continued where he left off, scoring 12 points and recording six assists in the opening 11 minutes. That helped the Raptors jump into a 37-24 lead, tying a season-high for points in the first quarter. Ford finished with 19 points, nine assists and three steals.
Ford had words with Bucks centre Andrew Bogut late in the fourth after the big Aussie shoved Chris Bosh out of the court. Bogut, who had a difficult time guarding the quicker Bosh, was issued a type-two flagrant foul and was ejected.
"Let me tell you something, I'm going to protect my teammate," Ford said of his argument with Bogut. "I'm not going to let anybody do what he did."
Bosh, who finished the game with 25 points and 10 rebounds, said Bogut's push did not surprise him.
"He was playing dirty the whole game," Bosh said. "He was just doing a whole bunch of unnecessary stuff.
"I tried to be nice. You guys know me, I'm not a crazy guy on the court."