Torontos Bosh scores career-best 44, but Bucks top Raptors 113-107

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The Toronto Raptors wasted a career night from Chris Bosh.
The Raptors superstar had a career-high 44 points, but Toronto flatered down the stretch in a 113-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.
The Raptors looked good when Milwaukee centre Andrew Bogut fouled out with 4:11 left with the Bucks clinging to the slimmest of leads.
In stead, the Bucks went on a 7-0 run just after Bogut fouled out and Milwaukee held on.
"It was gut check time," Milwaukee's Charlie Bell said. "When (Bogut) went out of the game, it was time for other guys to step up. We could've easily laid down and said, 'Oh man, we lost because Andrew fouled out."'
Bogut had 27 points and 12 rebounds before picking up his sixth foul on the offensive end when Jarrett Jack slipped in behind him and drew a foul.
Moments later, Bosh hit two free throws to cut it to 103-102 before Milwaukee pulled away by pulling in offensive rebounds.
"It's a little frustrating," said Bosh, who can opt out of his contract at the end of the season. "You try as hard as you can, but you still come up short. It seems to be happening a lot this year, but I don't know what else to do. I'm just going to keep playing."
Elsewhere in the NBA it was: Charlotte 104 Miami 65; Detroit 92 Boston 86; Orlando 109 Indiana 98; Dallas 94 Washington 93; Atlanta 108 Sacramento 97; Portland 98 Philadelphia 90; Oklahoma City 94 Minnesota 92; New Orleans 113 Memphis 111; Phoenix 118 New Jersey 94; Utah 105 San Antonio 98; Los Angeles Clippers 104 Chicago 97; and Denver 123 Golden State 118 (OT).
At Milwaukee, Jose Calderon's three-pointer gave Toronto an 87-86 lead early in the fourth, but newly acquired veteran forward Jerry Stackhouse answered with a three - the 900th of his career - and Milwaukee led 95-89 while Bosh missed two shots and was called for charging into Bogut.
Bosh's physical play got Bogut in trouble, too, and the seven-footer committed two fouls in a 38-second span to end his night. Instead of a rally by the Raptors, they fell to 3-5 when Bosh scores 40 or more.
"It's not about offence It's about defence. We scored enough points. One-hundred some odd points is enough points. It's about defence. You have to get stops," said Bosh, who also had 12 rebounds. "A team that plays hard like they do, if you give them a second chance, you're probably not going to win."
And the Bucks took advantage.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored on a tip-in, Ersan Ilyasova converted a three-point play and Bell deflected a loose ball off a Toronto player and scored on the ensuing inbound play to give Milwaukee a 110-102 lead with 51 seconds left.
"It was just a big win for us, especially off a tough road trip, going 1-5," Bell said. "It just felt good to be home."
That feeling won't last long. The two teams meet again on Friday night in Toronto after the Raptors squandered an 11-point first-half lead in this one and Bosh's big night.
Stackhouse, signed Monday, played 17 minutes and finished with three points, five rebounds and four assists. The 15-year veteran probably felt a little old, too, on the defensive end. He was guarding Raptors rookie DeMar DeRozan, who was six when Stackhouse made his NBA debut in 1995.
"I felt good. ... I'm just going to try to ease my way into it," Stackhouse said. "It was a good start and a good win."
Bobcats 104 Heat 65
At Charlotte, N.C., Stephen Jackson scored 24 points, Gerald Wallace added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bobcats completed a 6-0 homestand with their most lopsided victory in team history.
Pistons 92 Celtics 86
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Rodney Stuckey scored 27 points and had a career-high 11 rebounds, and Charlie Villanueva added 19 points for Detroit.
Magic 109 Pacers 98
At Orlando, Fla., Dwight Howard had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and Orlando held off Indiana to end a three-game losing streak.
Mavericks 94 Wizards 93
At Washington, Shawn Marion blocked Caron Butler's jump shot with 1.9 seconds to play, and Dallas extended its streak of victories in one-point games to nine.
Hawks 108 Kings 97
At Atlanta, Jamal Crawford scored 20 points, and the Hawks bounced back from a sluggish start to hand Sacramento its fifth straight loss and 10th in 11 games.
Trail Blazers 98 76ers 90
At Philadelphia, former 76ers guard Andre Miller scored 24 points, and Jerryd Bayless had 14 of his 18 in the fourth quarter for Portland.
Thunder 94 Timberwolves 92
At Minneapolis, Kevin Durant had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and Oklahoma City improved to 24-18 to eclipse its win total from all of last season.
Hornets 113 Grizzlies 111
At New Orleans, James Posey scored on a driving layup with 1.1 seconds left, and Chris Paul scored 10 of his 21 points in the last 4:20 for New Orleans.
Suns 118 Nets 94
At Phoenix, Jason Richardson scored 15 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help the Suns drop New Jersey to 0-17 against the West and 3-38 overall.
Jazz 105 Spurs 98
At San Antonio, Carlos Boozer had 31 points and 13 rebounds, and Utah beat the Spurs for the fourth time this season.
Clippers 104 Bulls 97
At Los Angeles, Baron Davis scored 11 of his 23 points in the final 3:52, and Marcus Camby had a season-high 25 rebounds for Los Angeles.
Nuggets 123 Warriors 118 (OT)
At Oakland, Calif., Chauncey Billups matched his career high with 37 points, including 10 in overtime, and Denver beat Golden State for its fourth straight victory.

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