NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Milwaukee
(Tuesday, April 19th)
Final Score: Toronto 127, Milwaukee 109
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Jalen Rose scored a game-high 29 points as the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 127-109 in a battle of lottery- bound teams at the Bradley Center.
Rose went 11-of-19 from the floor for Toronto, which shot 52 percent from both the field and three-point distance.
Morris Peterson netted 24 points to go along with six rebounds, Rafer Alston contributed 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Chris Bosh had 14 points and seven boards in the win.
"I thought that our guys played hard and played well," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "There wasn't much defense out there, but we shot the ball well."
Leading the Bucks, who played their final game of the season, finishing 30-52, was Desmond Mason with 25 points.
Milwaukee, which played without shooting guard and leading scorer Michael Redd due to left Achilles tendinitis, as well as forward Joe Smith, also got 15 points from Maurice Williams, 14 from Erick Strickland and 13 each from Dan Gadzuric and Anthony Goldwire.
"We have to do a lot of soul searching this summer as individuals," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. "We have to come back and be ready and regroup and be ready to go at it again next year."
Holding a four-point edge coming into the fourth quarter, Toronto ran off 10 straight points en route to outscoring the Bucks 22-9 in the first six minutes of the frame to take a 115-98 advantage before cruising to the victory.
"It was a total team effort," Rose said. "We knocked down shots. We moved the ball. We played defense. It was a good game."
The first half was evenly matched as Toronto led, 60-59, at halftime after holding a 33-29 edge at the end of the first quarter.
The Bucks surged ahead in the third quarter, but Toronto responded to take an 86-82 advantage with a little more than two minutes to play in the period. The Raptors surged in front by seven points late in the quarter before heading into the final 12 minutes with a 93-89 lead.
"We have one more game left and we are going to continue to fight," Peterson said. Toronto ends its season at home against Cleveland on Wednesday.
This was the fourth and final meeting of the season between the clubs with each winning twice...The Bucks had one win in their last seven games...Milwaukee went 23-18 at the Bradley Center this season...The Raptors finished 11-30 on the road.
04/20 00:11:22 ET