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Coachless Bucks Blast Toronto

Desmond Mason was 10-for-10 from the field and scored 21 points as the Milwaukee Bucks cruised to a 112-85 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Milwaukee, a team that didn't shoot 60 percent or better from the field in a game all last season, shot 60.3 percent and held Toronto star Chris Bosh to one point.

The Bucks were without coach Larry Krystkowiak, who went to the hospital after his wife, Jan, went into labor with twins Tuesday afternoon. Bucks assistant Tony Brown coached the team in Krystkowiak's absence -- and presided over an offensive outburst that started early and never really let up.

For a while, it looked like the Bucks were going to have their best shooting night in more than two decades. Milwaukee was shooting over 65 percent with 5 minutes left in the game, but got sloppy at the end. Milwaukee hasn't shot 65 percent or higher for a game since a victory over Sacramento on Dec. 15, 1985.

Toronto's five starters combined for 28 points. Juan Dixon led the Raptors with 20 points.

Krystkowiak, in his first full year as the Bucks' head coach after replacing Terry Stotts in the middle of last season, was there for the birth of his twin daughters at 7:42 p.m.


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