Regular Season Series (Game 3 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

Raptors 106

(23-32, 6-21 away)

Bucks 102

(22-31, 15-11 home)

    7:30 PM ET, February 25, 2005

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 27 27 21 31106
    MIL 24 25 23 30102

    Top Performers

    Tor: C. Bosh 27 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mil: M. Williams 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Rose free throws seal it

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A day after trading two key scorers, the Milwaukee Bucks had to rely on Michael Redd more than ever.

    Morris Peterson prevented him from doing much damage.

    Peterson hounded Redd all game, forcing the Bucks' star into missing 15 of 20 shots as the Raptors never trailed in defeating Milwaukee 106-102 Friday night.

    "I'll tell you what, I'm tired, I'm tired," Peterson said after holding Redd to only two points in the fourth quarter.

    "He scored 39 points the other night and I watched the game," he said. "I was determined not to give him easy looks."

    It was the first time this season Toronto has won two consecutive road games. Chris Bosh scored 27 points and Jalen Rose hit two clinching free throws with 11 seconds left to key the victory.

    "Sometimes when the going gets tough, you have to get trash points and make stops down the stretch," Bosh said.

    The Raptors did just that.

    Leading 98-94 with less than a minute to go, Toronto's Donyell Marshall missed a 3-pointer. But Bosh grabbed the rebound and found Peterson for a dunk and a 100-94 lead.

    Milwaukee pulled to 101-98 on Desmond Mason's rebound basket with 21 seconds to go, but Peterson hit a free throw to make it 102-98. Redd then missed consecutive 3s and Rose hit both free throws to make it 104-98.

    The Bucks were playing for the first time without Keith Van Horn and Mike James, two key reserves traded in separate deals. The pair each averaged 25 minutes a game, with the duo combining to score 23 points a game.

    "We still have a nucleus even though Mike and Keith are gone," Mason said. "Tonight was just a bad night."

    With Van Horn and James departed, the Bucks' reserves missed 20 of 26 shots and were outscored 33-24 by the Raptors' subs. Milwaukee shot only 39 percent, but stayed in the game by making 28 of 33 free throws.

    Of the reserves, Toni Kukoc missed eight of nine shots, Erick Strickland missed six of seven and Marcus Fizer missed five of seven.

    Maurice Williams had 21 points while Joe Smith added 20 points and 14 rebounds for Milwaukee, which had won five of seven.

    Kukoc hit two free throws to pull the Bucks within 90-89 with 3:17 left. Marshall and Rafer Alston then hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Raptors a 96-89 lead with 1:52 to go.

    Bosh made eight of 14 shots and 11 of 12 free throws while grabbing eight rebounds for Toronto. The Raptors are 13-4 when he scores at least 20 points and 10-28 when he doesn't.

    Smith scored five points in Milwaukee's 9-1 run to end the third quarter, bringing the Bucks within 75-72 going to the fourth.

    Toronto took the lead for good, 19-17, on Bosh's layup with 4:17 left in the first quarter. The Raptors led 54-49 at halftime behind Bosh's 13 points.

    Milwaukee's bench players missed 14 of 17 shots in the first half, with Kukoc missing all five of his attempts, Strickland missing all three of his shots and Fizer missing five of six.

    Game notes

    New Bucks C Calvin Booth and G Reese Gaines, obtained in separate trades on Thursday, dressed for the game but did not play. ... The game was the first in a span of five of seven on the road for the Raptors. ... Toronto has won three of four.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 106 102
    FGM-FGA 40-88 (.455) 36-92 (.391)
    3PM-3PA 8-26 (.308) 2-14 (.143)
    FTM-FTA 18-23 (.783) 28-33 (.848)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-44 17-47
    Assists 23 17
    Turnovers 13 13
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 4 0
    Fast Break Points 14 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 12 0

    Top Performers

    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 27
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Mo Williams Williams
    Points: 21
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0