January 30, 2009

THE STREAK STOPS HERE: Raptors winning streak, Calderon's free throw streak come to an end

Bucks 96, Raptors 85
Even with home court advantage, a healthy Jose Calderon, an injured Michael Redd, even freaking Jermaine O'Neal bobbleheads for the fans, the Raps couldn't do it. The Raps went ice cold in the third quarter falling to the Milwaukee Bucks 96-85.

The played one good quarter. The first quarter. This quarter had Il Mago score 13 points, Jose Calderon threw a nice alley oop to Jamario Moon and this quarter had Andrea Bargnani pull off this fancy reverse:

The Raps were up 30-24 after the first.

Chris Bosh had a nice And 1 in the second quarter but he also had a technical foul and four turnovers in this quarter. Charlie Villanueva and Charlie Bell nailed threes to go on a 9-0 run to get up three. Milwaukee led 49-47 at the half and Charlie V had 16 pts/4rebounds at the half.

Charlie V continued his hot shooting starting off the third with a three. The Raps went cold in the third shooting 5 for 20 scoring only 12 points. It was ugly. The Bucks got up to an 18 point lead and then the Raps went on a run. JO got in going in the fourth and Jose Calderon hooked up Bargnani for the jumper to get within ten.

And then.....it happened. Jose's consecutive free throw streak ended. He missed his free throw in the fourth ending thre steak at 87, and it symbolized how the game was going. Things got a little testy, J.O. had a hard foul on Richard Jefferson and was called for his second technical as he got into it with Andrew Bogut and Charlie V leading to an O'Neal ejection. Things just fell apart in the second half, even Bargnani went cold, after scoring 13 in the first quarter he only hit one field goal for the last three quarters. The Bucks maintained their lead in the last minutes and put an end to the Raptors winning streak.

For a Bucks perspective, check out Brew Hoop

Key Notes:
Charlie V. had 26 pts, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks
Chris Bosh led the Raptors with 19 pts & 9 rebounds but also had a whopping 7 turnovers
The Raps moved to 19-29 and have a tough four game stretch
Raptors face the Magic on Sunday


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