TORONTO, Feb. 9 (Ticker) -- Michael Redd
helped the Milwaukee Bucks
continue their success north of the border.
Redd made two critical baskets down the stretch and Bucks
capitalized on a big fourth quarter en route to a 110-107
victory over the Toronto Raptors.
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The Bucks used a 17-1 fourth-quarter run to overcome a
nine-point deficit en route to their ninth straight win in
Toronto since a 111-102 loss on Nov. 18, 2000.
"Sometimes you get a team and you just have their number," said
Bucks forward Desmond Mason
, who scored 14 of his 18 points in
the first half and had a key block on Jalen Rose
with just over
a minute to go in the fourth quarter.
Joe Smith's basket with 5 1/2 minutes remaining capped the
decisive run that gave the Bucks a 101-94 lead. But the Raptors
fought back and twice pulled within two points, only to be
repelled each time by Redd.
"In this league, the stars make plays down the stretch, that's
the big difference," Bucks coach Terry Porter said. "He (Redd)
made two big offensive plays for us when we needed it."
After Donyell Marshall
's three-point play with 2:45 left pulled
the Raptors within 104-102, Redd nailed a jumper 15 seconds
later. Rose's basket with 2:04 to go again reduced the
deficit to two, but Redd hit a step-back jumper with 50 seconds
to go for a 108-104 lead.
"Toronto pretty much had control for most of the game," Redd
said. "We came back and played extremely well in the third and
fourth quarters, which shows that we have a lot of character."
Redd scored 29 points to lead six players in double figures for
the Bucks, who won for the fourth time in five games.
Marshall's three-point play with 26 seconds left pulled the
Raptors within 108-107, but Smith made two foul shots 18 seconds
later. Following a timeout, Rose's shot from the arc with under
three seconds left came up short.
Rose netted 26 points to lead the Raptors, who fell to 1-25 when
allowing at least 100 points.
"We have to do a better job of closing games, especially in the
fourth quarter," Rose said. "There are no excuses, we just
didn't get it done. It was a game we should have won."
One night after his latest dispute with coach Sam Mitchell,
Raptors point guard Rafer Alston
returned to the starting lineup
and scored 16 points - none in the second half - with 12
Alston was benched in the the first quarter of Tuesday's game at
Cleveland, then left the arena in the fourth quarter. He was
suspended two games by the team earlier this season for a
confrontation with Mitchell, who has established a tough
attitude in his first season.
"I didn't play the rest of the game last night but I'm in the
starting lineup tonight," Alston said. "Read between the lines,
I didn't do anything. If I had, I would have been suspended
again or fined."
"Rafer played well, like we know he can," Raptors forward Chris Bosh
said. "He had the touch in the first half but nobody could
find it in the second half."
, who scored a career-high 28 points in Tuesday's win
over Boston, added 14 off the bench for Milwaukee, which shot 52
percent (42-of-81) and held a 48-35 rebounding advantage.
Rookie Matt Bonner
netted 15 points and Morris Peterson
the Raptors, who have lost three straight and six of their last
eight games. Toronto shot 47 percent (41-of-87) and lost
despite committing just nine turnovers.