Bucks and Raptors meet in Toronto
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks will attempt to halt a
three-game losing streak today when they travel to Toronto to take on Vince
Carter and the Raptors in an afternoon contest at Air Canada Centre.
The Bucks were beat by the Utah Jazz, 99-90, Friday at the Delta Center.
Michael Redd scored 28 and Tim Thomas finished with 22 points for the Bucks,
who lost for the fourth time in five games.
Milwaukee is 2-4 on the road this season.
The Raptors come into today’s contest fresh off a one-point victory over New
Morris Peterson’s free throw with 8/10ths of a second remaining in the fourth
quarter lifted the Toronto past the Nets, 81-80, Saturday afternoon at
Continental Airlines Arena.
Carter collected 21 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Toronto, which
won for the first time in six road games this season.
Peterson ended with 13 points and Lamond Murray added 12 for the Raptors, who
held on after squandering a 20-point lead. Chris Bosh chipped in 11 points and
six boards in the win.
The Raptors went a stretch of 5 1/2 minutes without a point, before Carter
nailed a jumper from the corner with 58 seconds left to give Toronto a 78-76
Kerry Kittles then tied the contest for New Jersey with a bucket, but Carter
answered to again put the Raptors ahead by two at 80-78.
On New Jersey’s next possession, Kenyon Martin missed a shot, but the Nets got
the offensive rebound. Kittles then sank a jumper to knot the score at 80-80
with 14.1 seconds remaining.
Carter was then tied up by Martin for a jump ball with three seconds left. On
the tap, Peterson picked up the loose ball and was fouled by Kittles in the
act of shooting with 8/10ths of a second left.
Peterson hit the first free throw, but missed the second attempt. New Jersey
was left with only 5/10ths of a second and was unable to get off a shot
following a timeout.
Toronto comes into today’s game with trade rumors swirling around the team.
The Chicago Bulls and Raptors are reportedly close to a trade that would send
swingman Jalen Rose to Toronto. In exchange, Chicago would acquire forward
Jerome Williams, guard Alvin Williams and guard/forward Morris Peterson.
A Chicago radio station reported the possible deal on Friday that could
also include forward Donyell Marshall going to the Raptors with Toronto center
Antonio Davis going to the Bulls.
Toronto is 5-1 as the host this season.
In 2002-03, the teams split four contests as each team won twice on the road.
Overall, the road team has won five of the last six games between the two
clubs. Milwaukee has won two of three and nine of the last 11 meetings.