Toronto (20-20) at Milwaukee (23-19)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Fri Jan 23, 2004
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The injury-plagued Toronto Raptors look to snap a three-game losing streak when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks.

Toronto has played its last three games without leading scorer Vince Carter, who suffered a sprained right quadriceps in the Raptors’ 78-74 overtime win over the New Orleans Hornets on Jan. 15.

On Wednesday, the Raptors placed defensive-stopper Michael Curry on the injured list with bone chips in his right elbow. Forward Robert Archibald also missed Wednesday’s game with a sprained left ankle as Toronto lost 108-97 at home to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Raptors went on a 22-8 run to tie it at 80, but Minnesota used a 12-2 spurt to go ahead for good with 5:27 left in the fourth quarter.

Donyell Marshall had 22 points and Milt Palacio added a season-high 18 in his first game back since breaking a bone in his left wrist on Jan. 4.

“Obviously we did some good things but we’re not into moral victories,” Toronto’s Jalen Rose said. “We’re not going to use any excuses as to why we didn’t get it done. Obviously injuries is a reason but not an excuse. We’re not looking for any, we just have to find a way to step up to the plate better.”

Milwaukee avoided matching its season-high losing streak at three with a 113-102 home win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.

Michael Redd scored a career-high 40 points—32 in the second half—and held Tracy McGrady scoreless in the fourth quarter to lead the Bucks. McGrady scored 34 points in the Magic’s 106-99 victory over Milwaukee in Orlando on Monday.

“No question, to feel that you can stop somebody gives you more juice on the other end,” Redd said.

Redd converted a key three-point play with 47 seconds left, made his final 10 shots and was 12-of-15 in the second half.

“I hope he has a lot more performances like that in him,” Milwaukee first-year coach Terry Porter said. “It was his best game as far as his best complete game.”

Toronto is just 4-12 all-time in Milwaukee, but has won its last two visits to the Bradley Center.

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