MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The best game of his NBA career couldn't save a
lousy day for Charlie Villanueva.
That came less than an hour after Connecticut, Villanueva's
college team, was upset by George Mason in the NCAA tournament.
"Right now I am little disappointed and frustrated,"
Villanueva said. "We lost. If we won, it would have made my night
even bigger. UConn lost, too. That's 0-for-2 for me."
Toronto played much of the way without injured All-Star Chris
Bosh, but stayed in the game behind Villanueva, who shot 20-of-32
and had the highest point total by an NBA rookie this season.
"I am starting to play a little better. My confidence is
coming," said Bell, who joined the Bucks this season after playing
overseas. "I just try to make the best of it because you never
know what is going to happen in the future. I am getting a chance
to go out there and show other teams and this team what I can do."
"It was an unbelievable effort for those guys," Simmons said.
The Bucks shot 55 percent and made 34 of 45 free throws to
12-of-17 for Toronto.
Bosh entered play averaging 22.7 points and 9.4 rebounds. He
played just 7 minutes before injuring his left thumb while going
after a loose ball with teammate Pape Sow. X-rays were negative,
and the injury was listed as a mild sprain.
Villanueva almost single-handedly made up for the loss, with 29
points in the second half -- after he said he learned that UConn was
about to lose.
"When Chris went out, someone had to step up, and I stepped up
to the challenge," Villanueva said. "It feels good. It feels real
good. It feels like you can't be stopped. The basket feels bigger
than it already is."
Milwaukee is now 5-1 overtime games, while Toronto dropped to
"Once we got in (overtime), we knew we were going to win this
game," Redd said. "We could not lose this game. It was a game
that we needed very bad."
Redd's 3-pointer with 2:11 remaining gave Milwaukee a 116-114
lead. He then assisted on Smith's dunk with 1:23 left that put the
Bucks up 118-114. On the other end, Mike James threw the ball out
of bounds trying to find Villanueva on the baseline. Two free
throws by Smith with 45 seconds left sealed it.
The game was close throughout the fourth quarter.
The Bucks led 109-107 with 22 seconds left. Morris Peterson
missed a driving baseline layup, but Villanueva rebounded and put
it back to tie it at 109.
Redd's layup at the buzzer bounced on the rim three times before
falling off, sending the game into overtime.
Peterson added 17 points for Toronto. James had 11 points and 10
Raptors coach Sam Mitchell drew two technical fouls with 33
seconds left in overtime and was ejected. He made a five-sentence
statement to reporters after the game and did not take questions.
"I am proud of my team," he said. "We played hard."
Ford missed his second straight game with a left quadriceps
Williams missed his fifth straight game with a left ankle
sprain. ... The 125 points were a season high for the Bucks. ...
Opponents have scored 40 or more points against the Bucks six times
this season, and in two straight games. Kobe Bryant had 43 points
in a Los Angeles Lakers victory Friday.
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