MILWAUKEE, Dec. 17 (Ticker) -- Lindsey Hunter
scored 13 of his 18 points
in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Toronto Raptors
snapped a four-game losing streak with a 122-117 victory over
the Milwaukee Bucks.
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Hunter, who played for the Bucks two seasons ago, hit a
three-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter to send
the game to overtime, then scored seven points during the
Raptors' decisive 12-2 run.
"They hit some big shots, but we just didn't finish the game off
defensively," said Bucks guard Michael Redd
, who failed to
contest Hunter's shot at the end of regulation. "It's
frustrating to let guys from other teams get hot on us. Losses
like this should have been a wake-up call 10 games ago."
Toronto dressed only 10 players but had seven score in double
figures. Voshon Lenard led the Raptors with 23 points and added
a key pass to set up a three-pointer by Hunter in the extra session.
"I kind of like my role as the designated big-shot taker,"
Hunter said. "We had a sense of urgency. We had to stop the
bleeding now, not later. I know we are on the road and they are
a really talented team, but we had to have this game."
Lenard had six assists to tie a season high as the Raptors
snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Bucks.
Milwaukee has lost six of its last eight games.
"This is the toughest loss for me this season," Bucks coach
George Karl said. "We had plenty of opportunities. We just
refused to play defense down the stretch. We played loose with
no defensive commitment in the fourth and overtime, and it cost
us the game."
The Bucks, who led most of the game but never by more than eight
points, jumped out to a six-point edge in overtime before the
Raptors came back.
led Milwaukee with a season-high 37 points but could
not get the ball for a potential game-tying shot with 14 seconds
Since Allen, who made four three-pointers, was not open, Milwaukee
went to Tim Thomas
for a tying three-pointer. But he also was
well-guarded and Jerome Williams
stripped the ball. Morris
Peterson scored the last of his 21 points at the free-throw line
to seal the victory.
"You know (Milwaukee) can make big shots," Toronto coach Lenny
Wilkens said. "We got the stops in the end when we needed it and
everyone that played gave a great effort."
Toronto had to play good defense at the end of regulation and
did as the Raptors prevented the Bucks from attempting a
game-winning shot after Hunter's equalizing three-pointer.
scored 21 points for Milwaukee but hurt the Bucks
when he committed a flagrant foul with 20 seconds left in
overtime. With Milwaukee trailing, 115-114, Cassell all but
tackled Hunter as the Raptors started a fast break.
Hunter made both of his free throws and the Raptors took a
four-point lead on the ensuing possession when Alvin Williams
hit 1-of-2 from the line.