Bucks eliminated despite 92-86 win over Raptors
MILWAUKEE (AP) — In the end, there wasn't anything Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis or anybody else could do to save the Milwaukee Bucks' faint playoff hopes. Not even winning.
Jennings scored 25 points in the Bucks' 92-86 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday, but Milwaukee's postseason fate had already been decided. The Philadelphia 76ers beat the New Jersey Nets earlier in the night, clinching the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot and eliminating the Bucks from contention.
"I'm disappointed — very disappointed," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "We didn't get done what we were expected to get done, so if everybody in there is not very, very disappointed, then we've got big problems."
Ersan Ilyasova added 19 points and 15 rebounds for Milwaukee.
Ellis played despite an injury to his shooting hand, scoring 17 points on 4-for-14 shooting.
Skiles said he wasn't sure how badly the injury was bothering Ellis, but said the guard left the bench and went to the locker room with just over a minute left in the game.
"He battled through it tonight," Skiles said. "But with like a minute to go, a minute-five, I guess, he said he couldn't go any more so he went in the locker room."
James Johnson had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost four straight games.
Toronto's DeMar DeRozan was ejected in the second quarter after he was called for traveling and threw the ball down the court in protest.
"No matter how tough it gets or how much frustration sets in, fatigue, whatever it is, you've got to buckle up and roll with it," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "We talked about it after the game and it's a teaching moment for him. It's part of his maturity process. When you're the man on the team, you've got to be responsible for that."
But even without DeRozan — the top scorer in Toronto's lineup with Andrea Bargnani out injured — the Raptors stayed in control of the game going into the fourth quarter.
With the Bucks trailing by two points, Jennings converted a three-point play and Ellis made two free throws to give Milwaukee an 82-79 lead with 3:27 left.
After a technical foul on Toronto's Linas Kleiza, Jennings hit a free throw for a four-point lead with 2:42 left.
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