NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Toronto
(Friday, January 7th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 107, Toronto 105 (OT)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Desmond Mason scored 23 points and Maurice Williams added 22 to lead Milwaukee to a 107-105 victory over Toronto in overtime at the Air Canada Centre.
Joe Smith added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who beat Toronto for the eighth straight time at the ACC. Michael Redd contributed 15 points in the win.
Eric Williams and Jalen Rose led the Raptors with 21 points apiece. Donyell Marshall and Morris Peterson each had 15 for Toronto, which had its home winning streak snapped at five games.
Rose forced overtime with a driving layup just before the buzzer sounded to end the fourth quarter, but Mason scored five points in overtime to send the Bucks away with a win.
"I'm just proud of our guys for hanging in there," said Bucks head coach Terry Porter. "We've had four or five games like this already this season and we ended up losing them. Tonight we were making plays and making shots."
Peterson missed a potential tying five-foot jumper with one second left just before overtime ended.
Peterson hit a three-pointer to cut Milwaukee's lead to two with two minutes left in overtime, but the Raptors missed three straight from beyond the arc.
The Raptors led by five at halftime, but Milwaukee battled back and the contest was tied at 61-61 late in the third quarter.
A pair of three-pointers highlighted an eight-point surge that gave Toronto a 69-61 advantage. The Raptors held on and took an 81-74 lead into the final frame, but could not hold the lead.
"We couldn't get a basket and we couldn't get stops when we needed them," said Raptors guard Rafer Alston. "This is another game we should have won. We should have put them away."
Down by two early, the Bucks ran off 11 unanswered points to go in front. Smith hit a short jumper to tie the game at 8-8 and scored six points during the burst, which put the Bucks ahead, 17-8, midway through the opening quarter.
Milwaukee's lead grew to 31-18, but the Raptors scored seven of the final eight points of the first quarter and trailed 32-25 after 12 minutes.
Toronto tied the game at 39-39 midway through the second quarter on a three- point play by Chris Bosh. Tied at 41-41, the Raptors closed the half strong and took a 52-47 lead into the break.
The Raptors finished 31-of-42 from the free throw line...Redd had made 23 straight free throws, but missed his first attempt of the game...Toronto has made a three-pointer in 484 straight games, the longest current streak in the league...Milwaukee evened its record to 1-1 in overtime, while the Raptors fell to 0-3.
01/07 23:50:45 ET