TORONTO, Jan. 7 (Ticker) --
The Milwaukee Bucks bounced back from a
tough final five seconds of regulation to continue their recent
success at Air Canada Centre.
scored 23 points and Maurice Williams
had a career-high
22 and eight assists as Milwaukee edged the Toronto Raptors in
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Milwaukee is just 2-12 on the road this season, but a trip here
almost always proves fruitful for the Bucks, who have won eight
straight road games vs. the Raptors.
In this one, Mason had three free throws in the final 21 seconds
as Milwaukee (11-19) snapped Toronto's five-game home winning
"Mo (Williams) played a terrific game. Zaza (Pachulia
) played a
great game in overtime and also toward the end of regulation,"
Mason said. "We just continued to fight and came together as a
team and gutted one out."
To continue their winning ways here, the Bucks managed to
quickly regroup from a disheartening collapse late in
The Raptors tied the game in dramatic fashion as Jalen Rose
sliced across the lane and lofted up a shot just as time
expired. A video review declared that Rose got off the shot
just in time, forcing overtime.
The Raptors' late rally was made even more improbable by the fact
they made just 3-of-18 shots in the final period -- missing 12
straight at one point.
"We had a couple of unfortunate situations, they hit a contested
three down in the corner and then we let Jalen (Rose) go to the
basket a couple of times and get some layups," Mason said.
The Bucks held a 95-91 edge with six seconds to go in the fourth
quarter, but Donyell Marshall
buried a 3-pointer. Mason hit
one free throw, setting the stage for Rose's clutch layup.
added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which
committed just seven turnovers.
"For us to be on the road and pull out a close victory like this
is something that can boost our confidence," said Smith, who
scored 12 of his points in the first quarter. "Right now we're
in must-win situations. We didn't start out the season well so
we need as many wins as we can get."
Rose and Eric Williams
scored 21 points apiece for Toronto
(12-22), which shot just 37 percent (32-of-87).
"We weren't making shots, we shot under 40 percent for the
entire game, but we scrapped and still found a way to stay in
the game," Rose said. "You won't win a lot of games when you
shoot under 40 percent."
Rose was donating $1,000 to the UNICEF Relief Fund for every
point he scored and was a little disappointed with his output.
"I was hoping for a career night, so I am going to donate my
career high, which is 44," Rose said. "That will be $44,000, as
opposed to what I did today."