MILWAUKEE, April 19 (Ticker) -- Jalen Rose
and Morris Peterson
a merciful end to the Milwaukee Bucks' season.
Rose scored 29 points and Peterson added 24 as the Toronto
Raptors posted a 127-109 victory over the Bucks.
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After making the playoffs in 2004, the Bucks (30-52) never got
going this season. They finished 11 games worse than they were
last season, when they were the sixth seed in the Eastern
"It's very disappointing," Bucks coach Terry Porter
a bad situation to lose a lot of games that you should win. This
year has really been a revolving door for players."
"It's hard to say what is going to happen in the offseason,"
said Bucks guard Michael Redd
, who is an impending free agent.
"We have a lot of free agents, but we have a really talented
core of guys, we'll just have to see what happens."
Rose and Peterson made sure it was a disappointing finish for
the Bucks, who surrendered 67 second-half points. Rose made
11-of-19 shots and Peterson went 8-of-14 from the floor.
Peterson scored the first five points in a 10-0 run to start the
fourth quarter, giving the Raptors a 103-89 lead with 9:54
added 22 points against his former team for the
Raptors (33-48), who close their season at home against
Cleveland on Wednesday. The Cavaliers need a win and a loss by
New Jersey at Boston to make the playoffs.
"We want to get a win tomorrow night for our fans, but we have a
chance to go out and play spoiler against Cleveland," Rose
Toronto shot 52 percent (46-of-88) and made 12-of-23 3-pointers.
"There wasn't much defense out there, but I'm really happy with
how hard the guys played tonight," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell
said. "If we pass the ball around and shoot like we can, we're
a pretty tough team."
scored 25 points to pace Milwaukee, which shot 46
percent (40-of-88) and held a 44-42 rebounding advantage.