MILWAUKEE, Jan. 23 (Ticker) --
The Milwaukee Bucks continue to make the
Bradley Center a house of horrors for visitors.
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scored 20 points to lead five players in double
figures as the Bucks cruised to a 98-86 victory over the
slumping Toronto Raptors, their 12th win in their last 13 home
One of the biggest surprises of the NBA season, Milwaukee is
17-5 at home.
Mason made 12-of-14 free throws, leading a strong performance
from the line. The Bucks sank 24-of-29 foul shots.
Mason scored 11 points in the second quarter, helping the Bucks
to a 49-41 halftime lead.
"It was just fun getting into the open court, getting some lobs
and some fast-break points," sais Mason. "I don't think we've
been doing that the last few games, but we kind of turned it up
"He (Mason) was great tonight off the bench, he was just really
active and did a great job running the lane," Milwaukee coach
Terry Porter said. "He's been that way for the last 10 games,
playing the way we hoped he'd play."
had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Brian Skinner
16 and nine for the Bucks, who overpowered the Raptors inside,
holding a 54-32 scoring edge in the paint.
"Whoever gets the ball is trying to be as agressive as possible
inside," said Smith. "Everybody was involved. That's something
we've been doing when we've been successful."
Toronto superstar Vince Carter
returned after a three-game
absence due to a quadriceps injury but was hassled into 4-of-12
shooting and scored just eight points.
"It's one thing to lose," said Carter, "but when you don't come
to play and don't show the effort, that is what gets under my
skin. We can't go in and get blown out. I'm not saying we were
blown out, but there were some things we didn't control as a
scored 17 points for the Raptors (20-21), who
matched a season-high four-game losing streak and dropped below
.500 for the first time since losing to Milwaukee on November
Once again, the Bucks' bench played a key role, outscoring the
Raptors' reserves, 45-24. Toni Kukoc
scored 13 points and
handed out six assists.
The Raptors were victims of several crowd-pleasing dunks in the
final six minutes. Kukoc fed a cutting Dan Gadzuric
quickly threw it down in traffic. Just over a minute later,
Mason got loose along the right baseline and brought the crowd
to its feet with a jaw-dropping dunk that gave Milwaukee a 90-76
"I'm sure he'll rush home and watch Sportscenter tonight becasue
he will probably be a candidate for the top 10," said Porter.
"We had chances, but then we gave up three highlight-reel dunks
in a row," Toronto coach Kevin O'Neill said. "If a guy comes to
the rim like that you should knock his (butt) down."
Milwaukee is 19-10 vs. the Eastern Conference, including 2-0