Regular Season Series (Game 4 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 127

(33-48, 11-30 away)

Bucks 109

(30-52, 23-18 home)

    7:00 PM ET, April 19, 2005

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 33 27 33 34127
    MIL 29 30 30 20109

    Top Performers

    Tor: M. Peterson 24 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Mil: D. Mason 25 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Bucks finish with worst mark in nine seasons

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- One coach was happy, the other was uncertain -- even though he has a contract for next season.

    "Our guys, I'll say it again, they compete. We may not always play like we should, but you can't fault their effort," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said Tuesday night after his Raptors handed the Bucks a 127-109 loss in Milwaukee's season finale.

    Jalen Rose scored 29 points, Morris Peterson added 24 and Rafer Alston 22 as the Raptors won a game between two teams far out of the playoff race. Toronto's total was four points higher than the previous high by a Milwaukee opponent -- 123 by Dallas on Jan. 2.

    The loss was a dismal finish to a disappointing season for the Bucks, who lost seven of their final nine games to finish 30-52 -- eleven victories fewer than last year in coach Terry Porter's inaugural season. It was their worst mark since they went 25-57 in 1995-96 under Mike Dunleavy.

    "I'm just disappointed we couldn't get a set team of starters like last year and have a constant rotation. It was a revolving door of guys getting hurt," Porter said.

    There's no guarantee Porter will be back for the third and final season on his contract. Bucks management has said it would review everything once the season is over.

    "That's something you have to take up with management," Porter said when asked about his future. "You have to ask the powers that be, I'm not one of them. I have a contract and I'm expecting to be here until they tell me not to."

    Desmond Mason had 25 points to lead Milwaukee.

    The Raptors (33-48) have one game left against Cleveland on Wednesday night. With a win, they would better their 33-49 record from last season and knock the Cavaliers from postseason contention.

    "We just want to finish strong. Hopefully, we can play spoiler to Cleveland," Rose said.

    The Raptors scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to lead 103-90. Peterson started the decisive run with a basket and 3-pointer, and Rose ended it with another 3-pointer with 9:55 remaining.

    The Bucks were without two starters as Michael Redd sat out his third straight game (left Achilles tendon) and Smith (left pinky laceration) missed his second straight contest. Top Toronto reserve Donyell Marshall (strained right Achilles) missed his sixth consecutive game.

    The absence of Redd, the Bucks top scorer with 23 points, hurt the most. Losing him to free agency would be even worse, and Porter said re-signing Redd is a top priority for the Bucks.

    Keeping Redd may not be so easy, as he issued mixed signals after the game.

    "I would like to. That's my goal," Redd said when asked if he would be back. However, he then hedged on his future. "That's hard to answer now. I'll consult with my agent and family," Redd continued.

    But Redd said he was not disappointed in his teammates.

    "We played hard every night, we gave effort," he said. "Injuries hurt us. We never clicked, we didn't jell."< ^Notes@: Of the Bucks' seven road victories, two came against Toronto ... The Raptors finished the season with 11 road wins. ... Toronto's senior basketball adviser, Wayne Embry, played for Milwaukee in its inaugural season in 1978-79, and assistant coach Alex English once starred for the Bucks. ... The Bucks also closed out last season against Toronto, losing 89-87.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 127 109
    FGM-FGA 46-88 (.523) 40-88 (.455)
    3PM-3PA 12-23 (.522) 4-15 (.267)
    FTM-FTA 23-26 (.885) 25-28 (.893)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-42 14-44
    Assists 29 22
    Turnovers 16 16
    Steals 9 6
    Blocks 2 2
    Fast Break Points 22 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 18 (4/0)
    Largest Lead 20 5

    Top Performers

    Morris Peterson Peterson
    Points: 24
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Desmond Mason Mason
    Points: 25
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1