TORONTO, Nov. 22 (Ticker) -- Sam Cassell scored 16 points and came up big down the stretch as the Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to four games with a 78-75 victory over the Toronto Raptors.


Glenn Robinson had a team-high 10 rebounds to go with 19 points against the Raptors.
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Cassell's driving layup with 30 seconds left gave the Bucks a 76-75 lead. The feisty point guard also hit two free throws with 10 seconds remaining for a three-point advantage.

While Cassell shined down the stretch, Raptors superstar Vince Carter struggled.

Carter finished with 26 points, but was just 1-for-5 in the fourth, going scoreless over the final 6:03 of the contest. Working against Cassell for most of the fourth quarter, Carter also missed a potential tying three-pointer in the waning seconds.

"Vince is a tough cover for anybody in the league," Cassell said. "But I think we did a pretty good job on him down the stretch. We didn't allow a lot of the three-pointers. We challenged the shot.

"We won the game, that's all that matters. The wins don't have to be great looking. But they're wins."

The Raptors also had a chance to tie with 10 seconds left. But Morris Peterson's wide-open three-point attempt from the top of the key was short.

"I wish we could replay that again," Peterson said. "I was wide open. I missed it. You hit some and you miss some. Tonight I came on the short end but hopefully I can get in the situation again and I think I could make it."

Toronto shot just 36 percent (33-of-92) and made just 4-of-20 attempts from three-point range.

"You can't shoot just 35 percent and win a lot of games," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "I thought we relied too much on our outside shots."

Milwaukee led 48-39 at halftime and extended the margin to 13 points on Cassell's jumper and Glenn Robinson's three-point play with 5:23 left in the third quarter.

But the Raptors got back into it, using a 13-4 run that bridged the third and fourth quarter.

Chris Childs' jumper and three-pointer with 9:19 remaining helped Toronto close within 66-62.

Robinson scored 19 points to lead the Bucks, who have won eight of their first nine games this season. Milwaukee is off to its best start since beginning the 1979-80 campaign with a 10-1 mark.

Milwaukee, which narrowly beat Chicago on Wednesday, scored just 30 points in the second half while shooting 41 percent percent (31-of-75).

"We could easily be 6-4," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "We've won close games. We've stolen some games on the road. I think we're confident coming off of last year. There's an enthusiasm and energy to our team. But we're not a great team yet. Our record is a lot better than the way we have played."