The Milwaukee Bucks wanted to lock up their playoff spot quickly, and Monta Ellis made sure they did. Ellis had 22 points, nine assists and six steals, and the Bucks clinched their first playoff berth in three seasons with a 100-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. "It feels great," Ellis said. "We needed this game tonight. We knew how big it was for us. Now we can start getting focused on finishing the season, trying to go in a positive direction and get ready for the playoffs." Brandon Jennings had 16 points and seven assists, while Larry Sanders added 12 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for Milwaukee, which needed a win and a Miami victory over Philadelphia on Saturday to clinch at least the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat beat the 76ers, 106-87. The win was Milwaukee's 10th straight over Toronto, its longest active winning streak over any opponent. And it pulled the Bucks within two games of the idle Boston Celtics for the No. 7 seed. Alan Anderson led Toronto with 14 points off the bench, and rookie Quincy Acy had a career-high 13. Rudy Gay, Toronto's leading scorer with 18.2 points per game, made 1-of-10 shots and matched his season low with four points. Toronto shot just 36 percent (30 of 83) and had 18 turnovers. "We came out lethargic, had a hard time getting ourselves going," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "They dictated the tone of the game and we never got it back. We let frustration along with the Milwaukee Bucks spank us tonight.
Bucks beat Raptors, clinch playoff spot
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