Bucks 122, Raptors 114 (OT)

Andrew Wagner, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MILWAUKEE -- Ersan Ilyasova scored 29 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the Bucks took control in overtime for a 122-114 victory over Toronto Saturday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Monta Ellis finished with 23, including a 3-pointer with 1:03 left in overtime to put the Bucks ahead by six. J.J. Redick went 6-of-12 from the field to finish with 16 points while Larry Sanders added 13 points with 12 rebounds and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 10.
Brandon Jennings scored 11 points and finished with a career-high 19 assists -- 10 of them in the first half -- for Milwaukee, which had help on 32 of its 46 shots Saturday.
Alan Anderson paced the Raptors with 21 points. Demar DeRozan scored 18 while Amir Johnson added 19 with nine rebounds and Landry Fields finished with 15.
The Bucks went ahead early in the third on a midrange jumper by Sanders to make it 58-56. Ellis went to the bench after picking up three quick fouls -- giving him four for the game -- in the first five minutes of the period, but Milwaukee moved forward and went ahead by as many as 10 after Ersan Ilyasova hit two free throws with 4:13 left in the third.
Toronto wasn't done. An 11-5 run capped off back-to-back 3-pointers by John Lucas III made it 85-84 Raptors with 9:34 to play. Milwaukee, meanwhile, went 1-for-11 during that stretch before Ellis hit a jumper from the top of the key with 7:35 remaining, snapping Milwaukee's drought.
Tied again at 102-102 after a Redick layup, Milwaukee went ahead on Ilyasova's tip-in of an Ellis miscue, but the Raptors tied it with 1.6 left on Alan Anderson's running dunk and Lowry swatted the Bucks' inbound attempt, forcing overtime.
Milwaukee scored the first seven points of the extra session.
NOTES: Toronto entered the game 10th in the Eastern Conference, 6 1/2 games behind Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot. ... Milwaukee's Larry Sanders entered the game having scored in double-digits in his last seven games -- the longest streak of his career. ... Toronto has shot below 45 percent in its last eight games. ... Milwaukee has won the last nine meetings between the two teams. ... Toronto's Rudy Gay missed the game because of back spasms. "He said he was going to give it a try but he is not 100 percent," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "Somebody else has to step up in that situation and give us some productivity from that position." Gay entered Saturday averaging 20.5 points in 13 games since being acquired in a Jan. 30 trade with Memphis. ... Milwaukee entered the game 28-28 with .500 records both on the road and at home, where Bucks coach Jim Boylan notes most playoff teams win between 60-70 percent of their games. "Had we been able to do that this year, our record would be great," Boylan said. "We still have a cluster of home games left, starting tonight, so we'll see if we can maybe get a little momentum going."

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