TORONTO – Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the new-look Toronto Raptors to a 109-92 rout over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

Bosh rebounded after playing poorly in the season opener in New Jersey. He had 14 points on 3-for-13 shooting in Wednesday’s loss after missing half the preseason with plantar fasciitis.

The All-Star forward didn’t look rusty against Milwaukee – shooting 12-for-16 from the field. He made five of his first six shots and almost had a double-double at halftime.

After blocking Ruben Patterson’s shot late in the fourth quarter, the usually laid-back Bosh showed his emotions by pumping his fist and getting in his teammates’ faces.

Andrew Bogut had 18 points for the Bucks, who won their season-opener in Detroit.

Milwaukee’s Charlie Villanueva had 17 points and 11 rebounds against his former team before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a pulled right hamstring. He did not return.

T.J. Ford – acquired from Milwaukee in a much-criticized trade – had 13 points and 11 assists, including 10 points and eight assists in the second half.

The Raptors shot 53 percent and had seven players score in double figures. Toronto has nine new players this season, including a league-high six international players.

Andrea Bargnani – the first European taken with the No. 1 pick – played just 10 minutes, none when the game was close in the second half. The 7-foot Italian forward had four points and five rebounds.

Toronto pulled away in the fourth quarter – outscoring Milwaukee 30-17.

Anthony Parker and Fred Jones made consecutive 3-pointers to give Toronto a 99-82 lead with 5:40 left.

Notes: NBA commissioner David Stern attended the game. … Longtime Raptors fan Samuel L. Jackson sat courtside. … Milwaukee’s Bobby Simmons (right heel) didn’t play. … The Raptors played the first of a four-game homestand. … A fan won a car by making a jumper at halftime.

AP-ES-11-03-06 2140EST



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