Dirty dozen

STEVE BUFFERY, TORONTO SUN

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

There is shooting the lights out ... and shooting as if the lights were out. Last night at the Air Canada Centre, it was the latter for Raptors point guard Rafer Alston.

Alston experienced one of the most forgettable nights of his professional career, shooting 0-for-12 from the field -- a franchise record for most field goal attempts without making any -- as his Raptors dropped a 107-105 decision to the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime as 16,537 fans looked on in frustration. Alston finished the game with five points, eight assists and five fouls.

The loss snapped a modest two-game win streak and dropped to the Raptors' record to 12-22.

"It's been tough the last two nights," said Alston, who shot 2-for-13 against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. "It's somewhat embarrassing to my team to shoot that way. The only thing I can do is stay in the gym and keep working and continue to put in the time, shooting the ball."

Collectively, the Raptors shot a dismal 37% from the field, while Milwaukee (11-19) shot 45%.

"We got the ball into the hands of the people we wanted. We just didn't make shots," Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell said.

"I thought we played well enough to win the game."

Alston's counterpart, Bucks point guard Maurice Williams, netted a career-high 22 points and eight assists. Power forward Desmond Mason led Milwaukee with 23 points.

The defeat was particularly frustrating in that the Raptors tied the game in dramatic fashion when forward Jalen Rose connected on a driving finger roll as the buzzer sounded in regulation, making the score 96-96.

The officials needed to check the replay to confirm that the shot was delivered before the buzzer sounded.

Rose, who wound up with 21 points off the bench, almost pulled it off in overtime, as well, scoring two on a layup in the dying seconds to pull the Raptors to within two and drawing a foul. He then hit the free to make the score 106-105 with 14.8 seconds left. Morris Peterson had a chance to tie the game at 107-107 but missed a running jump shot from five feet out at the OT buzzer.

"I tried to kiss it off the glass," Peterson said of his final shot. "Eight out of 10 times, I think I probably could have made that shot. That kind of sums up our night."

BIG NIGHT FOR ERIC

Eric Williams, dealt to Toronto in the Vince Carter deal on Dec. 17, had a big night for the Raptors to go along with his tough defence. Williams picked up 21 points including a three-pointer with time expiring on the 24-second shot clock in the third quarter to put the Raptors ahead 81-71 with 23 seconds left.

Donyell Marshall rebounded from a couple of dreadful games, where he scored a grand total of six points, to pick up a double-double, with 15 points and 14 boards. Chris Bosh also had a double-double, with 13 points and 10 rebounds.


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