The last thing the Toronto Raptors need is a letdown after earning their most gratifying victory of the season.
The surging Raptors look for a season-high fifth straight home win when they face the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
For the first time in four tries this season, Toronto (23-19) beat the Boston Celtics -- owners of the NBA's best record -- 114-112 on the road Wednesday night.
The second-place Raptors are 11 games back of the Celtics in the Atlantic Division, but the victory proved they can play with the league's best as they shot a season-high 58.0 percent (40-for-69) from the field and 71.4 percent (15-for-21) from 3-point range. Toronto also went 19-for-19 from the free-throw line.
Guard Jose Calderon, who converted a go-ahead, three-point play with 10.5 seconds left, had 24 points and 13 assists, while Chris Bosh and Anthony Parker each had 23 points as Toronto won for the sixth time in eight games overall.
"It was a good win against the best team in basketball, but you can't hang your season on that," coach Sam Mitchell told the Raptors' official Web site.
Toronto, which also won four straight home games Nov. 25-Dec. 3, will now try for its longest winning streak at the Air Canada Centre since it won seven in a row there from March 21-April 15, 2007..
Though a home-and-home series with Washington and a date with the Los Angeles Lakers await Toronto next week, the Raptors can't afford to look past the Bucks (17-26), who beat them 112-85 in Milwaukee on Nov. 6.
Bosh, who is averaging 22.2 points per game this season -- 28.5 in his last four games -- was held to a season-low one point against the Bucks, as the Raptors' starters combined for only 28 points.
"They pounded us pretty good when we were at their house," Bosh said. "We're looking forward to Friday's game, kind of like redemption for us. Everyone is feeling pretty good as a team and we want to start stringing some games together."
Milwaukee is in last place in the Central Division, but snapped a three-game losing streak with a 104-92 home win over Indiana on Thursday night.
Michael Redd scored 10 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, while Andrew Bogut added 17 points for the Bucks, who outscored the Pacers 30-19 in the final 12 minutes for just their second victory in eight games.
"That might be the way we have to play the rest of the year, fast, up-tempo, keep pushing it, within sense," said Redd, who met with coach Larry Krystkowiak before Thursday's game to devise a game plan where he would be more of a focal point. "Just playing in transition."
Redd had 17 points in the November win over Toronto, while Bogut had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Milwaukee shot a season-high 60.3 percent from the field.
Bogut had his double-double streak snapped at seven games Thursday, but he is averaging 19.6 points and 10.8 rebounds in his last eight contests.