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Bucks back on track in Toronto

CHANGE IN THE AIR Toronto may have been distracted by recent transfer talk and Milwaukee stepped up to sink the Raptors and end a poor three-game losing streak


Toronto Raptors guard Milt Palacio, left, loses the ball after being fouled by Milwaukee Bucks guard T.J. Ford during first half NBA action in Toronto on Sunday.


Toni Kukoc scored 15 points and the Milwaukee Bucks ended a three-game losing streak with an 82-62 win over the Toronto Raptors.

Tim Thomas and Michael Redd each had 14 points on Sunday, and Joe Smith added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks.

Vince Carter had 15 points for the Raptors, who scored fewer than 70 points for the fourth time this season. Toronto scored less than 70 just four times in their history before this season.

"We did not come ready to play, even guys not involved in trade rumors. Myself included," Carter said. "That has nothing to do with it. We could come out and win by 20 and everyone would say `Oh, they aren't even worried about it.'"

The Raptors have been involved in trade talks with the Bulls involving Toronto players Antonio Davis, Morris Peterson, Jerome Williams and Alvin Williams, it was reported Friday.

Kukoc had five points as Milwaukee went on a 11-0 run in the second quarter to take a 31-21 lead. The Raptors didn't get closer than eight the rest of the way.

"Maybe the trade rumors are hurting that team right now," Kukoc said. "It's not good when you have that feeling and you're still playing the game."

Hornets 81, Pistons 80

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Baron Davis' dunk with one second to play gave the New Orleans Hornets a victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Chauncey Billups, a 92 percent foul shooter, went to the line with seven seconds left and a chance to put the Pistons ahead by three. But Billups missed both shots, and Davis then took a pass from P.J. Brown, went past Ben Wallace and dunked over Bob Sura to win the game.

Jamaal Magloire led New Orleans with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Davis had 18 points.

Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton led the Pistons with 13 each, while Mehmet Okur had 10 points and tied a career-high with 18 rebounds.

Kings 110, Bulls 99

In Sacramento, California, Peja Stojakovic had 21 points and Anthony Peeler scored 15 of his season-high 18 in the decisive second quarter of the Kings' fifth straight victory.

Bobby Jackson had 16 points and six rebounds for the Kings, who easily survived two prolonged defensive lapses in their ninth consecutive win over Chicago and their 14th straight home victory.

The Bulls made 11 straight shots in the final minutes of a 38-point first quarter, but Peeler made four 3-pointers in the second as Sacramento steadily pulled away.

Six players scored in double figures for the Kings, who took a 32-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Warriors 78, Trail Blazers 72

In Oakland, California, Erick Dampier had 11 points and 17 rebounds for his seventh straight double-double as Golden State snapped a five-game losing streak to Portland.

Jason Richardson led the Warriors with 21 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Dunleavy added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Golden State drew two offensive fouls against Portland in the final minutes of a game in which neither team led by more than six points.

Lakers 121, Grizzlies 89

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 28 points and Karl Malone had 20 points and 10 rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter.

The Lakers shot 59.2 percent despite playing without Shaquille O'Neal, who sat out his first game this season because of a strained right calf muscle.

The win was the sixth in seven games for the Lakers (11-3) since they committed a season-high 23 turnovers in a 105-95 loss at Memphis earlier this month. The victory also extended the Lakers' regular-season home winning streak to 22, including seven this season.

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