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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MILWAUKEE        23   16   25   26    90   
     TORONTO          19   24   16   24    83      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIL - BRIAN SKINNER 19, MICHAEL REDD 17, 
                      DESMOND MASON 16
                TOR - JALEN ROSE 21, VINCE CARTER 18, CHRIS 
                      BOSH 15

HIGH REBOUND:   MIL - BRIAN SKINNER 14, JOE SMITH 12, KEITH 
                      VAN HORN 6
                TOR - DONYELL MARSHALL 16, CHRIS BOSH 7, VINCE
                      CARTER 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIL - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2
                TOR - JALEN ROSE 7, VINCE CARTER 6, DONYELL 
                      MARSHALL 2

         ATT:   17,276

Box Score

MILWAUKEE (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Mason 40 5-13 6-6 0-4 1 3 16 J Smith 36 4-9 2-2 4-12 2 2 10 B Skinner 35 9-14 1-4 3-14 0 2 19 M Redd 35 7-14 3-3 0-4 0 4 17 D Jones 27 4-8 2-2 2-3 2 0 11 B Knight 21 2-9 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 K Van Horn 22 3-5 4-4 2-6 1 1 10 T Kukoc 17 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 0 3 D Gadzuric 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 E Strickland DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Haislip DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Santiago DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-77 18-21 11-44 10 14 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (M Redd 0-1, D Jones 1-2, T Kukoc 1-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:1 (D Gadzuric). Turnovers:11 (B Skinner 5, M Redd 2, T Kukoc, D Jones, D Mason, K Van Horn). Steals: 8 (B Knight 5, J Smith, D Mason, M Redd). TORONTO (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Peterson 29 3-7 0-0 0-2 0 3 9 D Marshall 39 3-11 3-4 6-16 2 3 10 C Bosh 37 6-12 3-4 4-7 0 1 15 V Carter 37 7-21 3-4 1-5 6 3 18 J Rose 42 10-21 1-1 0-2 7 3 21 M Curry 23 4-6 2-2 0-3 0 2 10 C Blount 19 0-0 0-0 0-4 0 2 0 D Glover 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 R Strickland 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 M Palacio 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 L Murray DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Archibald DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 12-15 11-42 16 17 83 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (M Peterson 3-5, D Marshall 1-5, C Bosh 0-1, V Carter 1-6, J Rose 0-1, D Glover 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:3 (D Marshall, V Carter, C Bosh). Turnovers:11 (D Marshall 3, C Bosh 3, V Carter 2, R Strickland, M Palacio, M Peterson). Steals: 4 (C Bosh 2, C Blount, V Carter). ------------------------------------------- MILWAUKEE 23 16 25 26 - 90 TORONTO 19 24 16 24 - 83 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Toronto - 1 (J Rose, 5:10 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,276. T: 2:02. Officials: Bob Delaney, Jason Phillips, Ron Olesiak.


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (90) AT TORONTO (83) MILWAUKEE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D MASON F 40 5-13 6-6 0 4 4 1 3 1 1 16 J SMITH F 36 4-9 2-2 4 8 12 2 2 1 0 10 B SKINNER C 35 9-14 1-4 3 11 14 0 2 0 5 19 M REDD G 35 7-14 3-3 0 4 4 0 4 1 2 17 D JONES G 27 4-8 2-2 2 1 3 2 0 0 1 11 B KNIGHT 21 2-9 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 5 0 4 K VAN HORN 22 3-5 4-4 2 4 6 1 1 0 1 10 T KUKOC 17 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 3 D GADZURIC 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 E STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION M HAISLIP DNP - COACH'S DECISION D SANTIAGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-77 18-21 11 33 44 10 14 8 11 90 (.455) (.857) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 11 (12 PTS) TORONTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M PETERSON F 29 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 9 D MARSHALL F 39 3-11 3-4 6 10 16 2 3 0 3 10 C BOSH C 37 6-12 3-4 4 3 7 0 1 2 3 15 V CARTER G 37 7-21 3-4 1 4 5 6 3 1 2 18 J ROSE G 42 10-21 1-1 0 2 2 7 3 0 0 21 M CURRY 23 4-6 2-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 10 C BLOUNT 19 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 1 0 0 D GLOVER 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 R STRICKLAND 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 M PALACIO 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 L MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION R ARCHIBALD DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-80 12-15 11 31 42 16 17 4 11 83 (.413) (.800) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13 (10 PTS) MILWAUKEE 23 16 25 26 - 90 TORONTO 19 24 16 24 - 83 BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - D GADZURIC. TORONTO - D MARSHALL, V CARTER, C BOSH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 2-6 (.333), M REDD 0-1, D JONES 1-2, T KUKOC 1- 3. TORONTO 5-19 (.263), M PETERSON 3-5, D MARSHALL 1-5, C BOSH 0-1, V CARTER 1-6, J ROSE 0-1, D GLOVER 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: TORONTO - J ROSE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, JASON PHILLIPS, RON OLESIAK. A - 17,276. T - 2:02.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Bucks clinched a playoff spot but are looking for something more. Brian Skinner scored six of his 19 points in a key third-quarter run as Milwaukee claimed a postseason berth for the second year in a row with a 90-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors. With their fifth trip to the playoffs in six seasons in the bag, the Bucks (39-38) set their sights on home-court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs. They took a half-game lead over New Orleans (38-38) for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. "It feels good that we're in, but we want a little more than just a little bit in," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. "We want to try and get home-court advantage so we have a lot more to play (for) in these next six games." The Bucks never stopped believing in themselves, even when they started the season with a 9-12 record or when they lost eight of nine in mid-March. "It didn't matter what the media or the sports writers said or anyone else. We knew what we were capable of," Skinner said. "We came out and I think we've proven that. We've now got two in a row on the road and the next games that we have, we've beaten those teams." With rookie Chris Bosh guarding him, Skinner also grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. "The last two or three games we've tried to gather some low-post presence, and Brian's really done a good job to get us good opportunities down there when we've thrown it into him," Porter said. "That's critical when you go into the playoffs." Milwaukee took the lead for good with a 13-3 run in the third quarter. Joe Smith capped the spurt with a jumper with 54 seconds left to give the Bucks a 64-57 edge. The Raptors could not come closer than six points thereafter. Michael Redd contributed 17 points and Desmond Mason had 16 for Milwaukee, which has won 10 straight over Toronto, including seven in a row here. "We want to finish in that fourth spot and that's what's on our minds, and if we keep playing hard we'll be in good shape to finish in that position," Redd said. Jalen Rose scored 21 points and Vince Carter added 18, but the Raptors dropped their seventh in a row. They avoided being officially eliminated from postseason play when Boston lost at Washington on Sunday. "It is frustrating to be out there and play like this, and have things go this way," Carter said. "For us to get it get this way, I think we are more than capable of competing with those teams in the playoffs, and we are not getting it done." Toronto is a franchise in disarray. General manager Glen Grunwald was fired Thursday and coach Kevin O'Neill's status is uncertain. "Everything around your team does affect your team, whether the team is good, bad or indifferent," said Rose, who also had seven assists. "At the end of the day, we are professionals and we owe it to our fans, we owe it to ourselves and our organization to get out there and play with a winning attitude."


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