Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/7

Game 1: Friday, January 7th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 9th
Game 3: Friday, February 25th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 19th

Bucks 110

(19-28, 6-18 away)

Raptors 107

(20-30, 16-9 home)

    7:00 PM ET, February 9, 2005

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 32 25 24 29110
    TOR 34 27 27 19107

    Top Performers

    Mil: M. Redd 29 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Tor: R. Alston 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Stl

    Embattled Alston has 16 points, 12 assists in loss

    TORONTO (AP) -- Rafer Alston was back in action for the Toronto Raptors and looking for an apology.

    Michael Redd had 29 points, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 110-107 victory over the Raptors and their troubled point guard Wednesday night.

    Alston said he wanted an apology after being benched for much of Tuesday's loss to Cleveland and that he's not sure he wants to stay with the Raptors.

    Alston and coach Sam Mitchell argued after Alston was pulled from the game in the first quarter against Cleveland. Alston didn't come out of the dressing room for the second half and was seen crying as he was escorted to the team bus by security during the fourth quarter.

    He had just returned to the Raptors on Thursday, following a two-game suspension the team gave him after he stormed out of practice last week.

    Alston reiterated after the game that he did nothing wrong Tuesday night.

    "I was man enough to come in after the suspension was over and apologize to this team, this organization, Canada, my mom, my family," Alston said. "Somebody should be man enough to apologize to me."

    Despite the sore feelings, Alston was at his best in the first half against Milwaukee, scoring 16 points with seven assists. But he went 0-for-5 from the field in the second half and finished with 12 assists.

    After the game, Mitchell singled out another one of his players. Eric Williams, acquired from New Jersey in the Vince Carter trade, left for the dressing room in the second quarter after a crown on a tooth came off.

    "We actually called his name to go into the game, but he wasn't feeling well and was in the back. In the future, guys have to let the trainer know, so we know," the first-year coach said.

    Williams wasn't happy he didn't play at all.

    "I left to get my teeth repaired. What about the rest of the game?" said Williams, who has barely played recently.

    Redd, left off the All-Star team, made two key jumpers down the stretch for the Bucks, who blew out Boston on Tuesday night.

    Jalen Rose had 26 points but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime. The Raptors have lost three straight to drop to 10 games below .500 (20-30)

    "We should have won," Rose said. "Unfortunately, we didn't close the game strong. We have to find a way to put a good effort together for an entire game. I guess that's why our record is what it is."

    Toni Kukoc gave Milwaukee its first lead since the first quarter with a 3-pointer with seven minutes left. Mike James capped the 14-3 run with a 3-pointer, giving the Bucks a 104-97 lead with 4:34 remaining.

    Toronto went 3-for-11 from the field in the fourth before Donyell Marshall converted a three-point play to cut the lead to two with 2:45 left.

    Redd followed with a jumper over Rose, but Rose answered with a running layup.

    Desmond Mason blocked Rose's next shot before Redd made a fadeaway jumper to give Milwaukee a four-point lead with 50 seconds left.

    Marshall then dunked over Dan Gadzuric, who also fouled Marshall. Marshall converted the three-point play to cut the lead to one with 27 seconds remaining, but Joe Smith made two free throws to make it 110-107 with 8.1 seconds left.

    "Toronto pretty much had control of the game for most of the game. We came back and in the third and fourth quarters and played extremely well," Redd said. "We have a lot of character."

    Game notes

    The Raptors have allowed an average of 57 points in the first half of their last 14 games. Toronto led 61-57 at halftime. ... Milwaukee outrebounded Toronto 48-35. ... When told Alston wanted an apology, Mitchell said: "I don't know who that is directed to." Mitchell said he met with Alston earlier Wednesday.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 110 107
    FGM-FGA 42-81 (.519) 41-87 (.471)
    3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 9-24 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 21-27 (.778) 16-24 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-48 11-35
    Assists 22 28
    Turnovers 14 9
    Steals 6 12
    Blocks 4 1
    Fast Break Points 11 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 18 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 7 9

    Top Performers

    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 29
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Rafer Alston Alston
    Points: 16
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0