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
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
"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
Milwaukee, which narrowly beat Chicago on Wednesday, scored just
30 points in the second half while shooting 41 percent percent
"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."