Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/17

Game 1: Tuesday, December 17th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 15th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 4th
Game 4: Friday, April 11th

Raptors 122

(8-16, 4-8 away)

Bucks 117

(10-14, 7-5 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 17, 2002

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    TOR 32 23 23 26 18122
    MIL 33 24 25 22 13117

    Top Performers

    Toronto: V. Lenard 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Milwaukee: R. Allen 37 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Raptors learning to adjust with injuries

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Injuries have forced Toronto to play short-handed all season, and the Raptors might be learning how to win despite missing their key players.

    Morris Peterson made two free throws with 7 seconds left in overtime as the Raptors snapped a four-game losing streak with a 122-117 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

    The Raptors, playing without leading scorer Vince Carter and leading rebounder Antonio Davis, outscored the Bucks 9-2 in the final 67 seconds of overtime. Going into the game, Toronto had lost 147 games to injuries.

    "We're just getting tired of the excuse that we're undermanned," said Toronto's Lindsey Hunter, who hit a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. "Other teams don't have their main guys and they're still winning, so why can't we? Everybody contributed tonight."

    Voshon Lenard led the Raptors with 23 points, while Peterson had 21.

    Ray Allen, who had 37 points, made a 3-pointer to get Milwaukee to 118-117 with 15 seconds left. Alvin Williams was fouled and hit both free throws to extend the Raptors' lead to 120-117 with 14 seconds left.

    After a timeout, Milwaukee got the ball to Tim Thomas on the left baseline, but Toronto's Jerome Williams knocked the ball away.

    "I fouled him," Jerome Williams acknowledged after the game. "But basically, he was in a no-win situation because I knew they needed a 3. I was all the way up on him.

    "When he pump-faked, I put my hand in and got a little of his wrist," Jerome Williams said. "But he wasn't in his shooting motion. He tried to pump-fake me again, and that's when I was able to get it and tip it to Mo."

    Peterson was fouled by Sam Cassell and scored the final points to ensure the victory.

    The loss left Milwaukee with a 2-6 December record, including 1-3 at home.

    "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. It cost us the game."

    Milwaukee led 114-113 when Alvin Williams scored on a rebound to give the Raptors the lead for good at 115-114 with 32 seconds left. Allen drove the lane, but Lenard blocked his shot.

    Toronto tried to run the fast break, but Sam Cassell was called for a flagrant foul on Hunter, who made both free throws for a 117-114 lead with 20 seconds left. The Raptors inbounded, and Williams was fouled and made one free throw for a 118-114 lead.

    The Bucks had run off six consecutive points to take a 112-106 lead on Michael Redd's free throw with 2:22 left.

    "We had this game, and we should have put it away," Redd said. "But the Raptors stepped up and made some big shots. They got hot on us."

    Hunter hit a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 104-104. Cassell's turnaround jumper at the buzzer missed, sending the game to overtime.

    Milwaukee, typically a perimeter team, scored 40 points in the paint during the first three quarters to open an 82-78 lead. But the Bucks scored only two more points in the paint during the fourth quarter and overtime.

    "They got a lot of layups in the first half, and we said we can't give them as many layups because it is such a high-percentage shot," Jerome Williams said. "We did come out and try to force them into more jump shots."

    Game notes
    Thomas is the only Bucks player to have started all 24 of his team's games. ... The Bucks' starting lineup of Cassell, Allen, Dan Gadzuric, Anthony Mason and Tim Thomas is 7-6. The other six starting-lineup combinations are 3-8.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 122 117
    FGM-FGA 42-91 (.462) 40-85 (.471)
    3PM-3PA 7-18 (.389) 6-15 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 31-38 (.816) 31-37 (.838)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-48 11-48
    Assists 23 26
    Turnovers 9 10
    Steals 5 3
    Blocks 11 3
    Fast Break Points 4 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 29 (2/1)

    Top Performers

    Voshon Lenard Lenard
    Points: 23
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 37
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0