Regular Season Series (Game 2 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

Bucks 99

(18-20, 8-12 away)

Raptors 87

(10-29, 5-14 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 15, 2003

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 28 31 17 2399
    TOR 21 22 18 2687

    Top Performers

    Mil: S. Cassell 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast

    Tor: J. Williams 18 Pts, 17 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    No upsets this time as Bucks tame Raptors

    TORONTO (AP) -- Sam Cassell and the Milwaukee Bucks weren't about to lose to the short-handed Toronto Raptors again.

    Cassell scored 19 points and the Bucks won their fourth straight with a 99-87 victory over Toronto on Wednesday night.

    "We couldn't take them lightly. They beat us last time,'' said Cassell, whose team lost at home to Toronto on Dec. 17. "We just had to get this win. We're playing pretty good right now and we have to continue that.''

    Ray Allen and Toni Kukoc each added 15 points for the Bucks, who hadn't won four in a row since an eight-game run from Jan. 8-21, 2002. Milwaukee also has beaten Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta during its streak.

    "Toronto gave us a bad loss three weeks ago and that hurt us,'' Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "We're trying to build a little more pride.''

    The Raptors dressed the NBA minimum eight players, including three on 10-day contracts. All-Star Vince Carter missed his 19th straight game with a strained right knee.

    The Raptors have lost 13 of 15, but they won their previous two games.

    Toronto's Morris Peterson said the Bucks played harder against them this time.

    "I thought they were a little more ready than last game when we beat them at home,'' Peterson said. "I think they played harder tonight.''

    Peterson had 22 points for the Raptors, who trailed by as many as 21 points.

    Peterson had seven points as the Raptors cut Milwaukee's lead to 10 with a 9-2 run early in the third quarter, but Cassell made a jumper and two free throws as the Bucks followed with an 8-2 run.

    The Raptors cut the lead to nine on Peterson's two free throws with 3:22 left in the fourth, but Allen followed with two free throws.

    Alvin Williams then turned the ball over with two minutes left, and later followed with a missed layup.

    Michael Redd's layup gave Milwaukee a 96-83 lead with 1:13 left, and Allen's 3-pointer made it 99-85 with 50 seconds remaining.

    The Bucks, who had five players reach double figures in scoring, shot 54 percent from the field, compared to 39.5 percent for the Raptors.

    "We fought really hard. They just came in and shot the ball really well,'' Toronto's Antonio Davis said.

    Davis made the first basket of the game, but the Bucks never trailed after that.

    Allen had eight points in the first, including two 3-pointers.

    Kukoc made two layups to spark a 17-4 run bridging the first and second quarters.

    Tim Thomas' easy layup gave Milwaukee a 21-point lead -- their biggest lead of the game -- with 4:36 left in the half.

    Cassell had eight points and five assists in the second as Milwaukee led by 16 at halftime. The Bucks shot 63 percent in the first half, compared to 40 percent for the Raptors.

    Game notes

    The Bucks had lost five of seven before their current winning streak. ... Redd added 14 points and Thomas had 12. ... The Raptors issued a press release defending their decision to keep Carter "out of action a little while longer.'' Carter practiced twice last week and was hoping to play in last Friday's game against New Jersey, but doctors delayed his return. Carter isn't practicing with the team. ... Toronto outrebounded Milwaukee 47-35. ... Kukoc also had six assists and five rebounds. ... Toronto's Rafer Alston, signed to a 10-day contract last Wednesday, had 14 points but went just 5-for-14 from the field. Alston played for the Bucks last season. ... Davis went 1-for-10 from the field for seven points.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 99 87
    FGM-FGA 38-70 (.543) 34-86 (.395)
    3PM-3PA 7-12 (.583) 5-16 (.313)
    FTM-FTA 16-19 (.842) 14-22 (.636)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-35 18-47
    Assists 18 19
    Turnovers 10 10
    Steals 3 4
    Blocks 1 3
    Fast Break Points 4 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (2/0) 15 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Sam Cassell Cassell
    Points: 19
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Jerome Williams Williams
    Points: 18
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0