NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Toronto
(Wednesday, February 9th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 110, Toronto 107
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Michael Redd scored 29 points and Desmond Mason added 18 points and six rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks posted a 110-107 win over the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.
Mike James tallied 14 points off the bench and Joe Smith had 11 points and six boards for Milwaukee, which has won two straight and four of five. Dan Gadzuric recorded his team-leading ninth double-double with 10 points and 12 boards for the Bucks, who have won nine in a row in Toronto.
Toronto's Rafer Alston was back in the starting lineup, one night after leaving a 104-91 loss to Cleveland at halftime with what was termed an "undisclosed situation." Alston has been at odds with head coach Sam Mitchell all season and reports said that the two came to blows after Tuesday night's game, a rumor Mitchell denies.
"I laughed at the fact that it went from shouting to us rolling on the floor," said Mitchell in his pre-game press conference. "I haven't fought in so long I forgot how to."
Alston finished the game with 16 points and 12 assists in 31 minutes.
Jalen Rose had 26 points to lead the Raptors, who have dropped three straight and seven of 10. Matt Bonner added 15 points and Morris Peterson had 14 for Toronto, which blew a fourth-quarter lead despite shooting 9-of-24 from three.
After trailing for most of the contest, the Bucks started to surge in the fourth quarter. Following a Bonner bucket that gave Toronto a 93-84 lead with 1 1/2 minutes into the final quarter, the Bucks went on a 17-1 run to take a 101-94 advantage. Smith scored the final four points of the run, capping it with a a jumper at the 5:30 mark.
The Raptors later drew within 106-104 and had the ball with just over a minute remaining when Rose attempted to back in on Mason and drain the tying basket. However, Mason stuffed Rose with 1:08 left and Redd hit a short jumper 18 seconds later to make it a four-point game.
After a number of missed shots on the Raptors' next possession, Donyell Marshall finally converted a three-point play with 26.8 seconds remaining to draw Toronto to 108-107.
Coming out of a timeout, Toronto played tough defense, going for a steal and then finally decided to foul Smith with 8.1 on the clock. Smith hit both free throws to increase the lead to 110-107.
Rose then had a three-pointer rim out in the final second.
Marshall ended with 12 points for Toronto, which led 34-32 after one quarter and held a 61-57 edge going into halftime. After three quarters of play, the Raptors led 88-81.
Toronto has hit a three-pointer in 500 straight games, which is the longest active streak...Toronto has lost four of five at home...Milwaukee has won both of the meetings this season versus the Raptors, with both games coming in Canada...The Bucks won on the road for just the third time in nine outings...Chris Bosh had 12 points and nine boards for the Raptors.
02/09 21:46:29 ET