Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/13/13
TORONTO -- Brandon Jennings and Johns Henson scored 19 points each as the Milwaukee Bucks came back from a 20-point deficit for a 107-96 victory over the Toronto Raptors Sunday before a crowd of 17,384 at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors (14-23) who led by as many as 20 points in the first quarter, finished a six-game homestand 3-3, and have lost eight in a row overall to the Bucks. The Bucks (19-17) were still trailing by five points three minutes into the fourth quarter when they finished their comeback and grabbed a 10-point lead with 1:23 to play in the game. Jennings also had 10 assists for Milwaukee. Monta Ellis scored 17, Mike Dunleavy had 15 and Larry Sanders added 11. DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 23 points and Amir Johnson had 22 with 14 rebounds. Jose Calderon scored 21 points and had eight assists and Ed Davis added 20 with 12 rebounds. Johnson twisted his already injured right ankle when he stepped on someone's foot on a defensive rebound with 1:30 to play in the first half. He left the game to have the ankle retaped and returned for the second half, as did Calderon who missed a good part of the second quarter after tweaking his calf. The Raptors led by four points entering the fourth quarter but the Bucks tied it on Dunleavy's 3-pointer with 8:25 to play. Henson's hook shot gave Milwaukee a one-point lead with 6:53 to play and, after a three-second violation by Toronto, Sanders' tip shot put the Bucks ahead by three. With the lead down to one with 4:23 to play, Sanders missed two free throws and the Raptors took a 91-90 lead on a dunk by Davis. Jennings hit both free throws with 3:34 to play to put the Bucks back up by one. After a Toronto miss, went up 95-91 on Dunleavy's 3-pointer. Ellis made it a six-point lead with a layup with 2:20 to play. And Sanders hit a pair of free throws to make the score 99-91 and came back with a sunk for a 10-point lead with 1:23 left. The Bucks, who were down by two points entering the second half, took a 52-51 lead early in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Jennings. They built the lead to five on a 3-pointer by Ersan Ilyasova with 6:54 left in the third. The Raptors tied the game 72-72 on Johnson's running layup from Calderon's pass. Johnson with two free throws and Davis with hook shot off a rebound gave Toronto a 78-74 lead after three quarters. Calderon scored 15 points and had four assists as Toronto led 34-16 after the first quarter. The Raptors did not score for the first four minutes of the second quarter when the Bucks cut the lead to four on Henson's driving layup with 6:11 left in the half. The lead was down to two with 4:47 to play after Toronto was called for goaltending on Dunleavy's layup. Jennings fast-break layup after Calderon's missed shot tied the game with 23 seconds left but Quincy Acy converted two free throws for Toronto's 49-47 lead. Notes: Raptors head coach Dwane Casey acknowledged that Sunday's game against a team like the Bucks was important for his team if they are to put themselves in a position for a playoff run. But Casey continues to talk about the process of building a consistent winner. "It's an important game, but they're all important," Casey said before the game. "There are a lot of games left and we're nowhere near where we need to be." ... Forward/center Andrea Bargnani (right elbow), center Jonas Valanciunas (right ring finger) and forward Linas Kleiza (right knee) are still out for Toronto. ... Milwaukee on Saturday assigned guard Doron Lamb to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League. ... Jim Boylan was in his fourth game as head coach of the Bucks since taking over from Scott Skiles on Jan. 8 and he was looking for his third win. .. The Bucks won all three of their games with the Raptors last season and entered Sunday having won seven in a row against them. ... After playing six in a row at home, the Raptors' next game is Tuesday when they visit the Nets in Brooklyn. ... The Bucks visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
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