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Raptors play spoiler to Bucks’ hopes

Andrea Bargnani returned to the Raptors lineup after a one-gameabsence, scoring 23 points as Toronto won its second in a row for thefirst time in a month. The loss kept Milwaukee three games behindChicago for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

THE SKINNY: Andrea Bargnani returned to the Raptors lineup after a one-game absence, scoring 23 points as Toronto won its second in a row for the first time in a month. The loss kept Milwaukee three games behind Chicago for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

THREE-POINT PARTY: Toronto made a season-high 12 three-pointers, including six in a game-changing second quarter. Bargnani, Jose Calderon, Jason Kapono and Anthony Parker all finished with three treys. The Raptors finished the game shooting 50 per cent from beyond the arc.

CONTAINING CHARLIE V: Charlie Villanueva came in averaging 17 points and 7.9 rebounds in nine games against his former team, but was a non-factor last night, shooting 4-for-11 and scoring eight points.

DEFENSIVE EFFORT: Chris Bosh finished with 14 rebounds and Shawn Marion picked up two blocks on one third-quarter possession.

CLOSE BUT NO HALF-MIL: Raptor season-ticket holder Valentin Vidic took a half-court shot for $500,000 at halftime, but his bank shot off the glass clanged the rim. The Etobicoke resident still went home with $6,000 in the BMO promotion for hitting two shots at closer range.

THE NEXT GAME: The Raptors host the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow at 7 (TSN, FAN 590).

 
 
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