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Bucks eliminated despite 92-86 win over Raptors

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks are out of the NBA playoffs, despite getting 25 points from Brandon Jennings in a 92-86 victory over Toronto Raptors on Monday night.

Milwaukee's postseason fate was determined earlier Monday night when the Philadelphia 76ers beat the New Jersey Nets 105-87 to clinch the eighth playoff berth in the Eastern Conference and eliminate the Bucks.

Ersan Ilyasova added 19 points and 15 rebounds for Milwaukee.

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.

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 Monta 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.

Toronto cut the lead to three points with 32.6 seconds left, but Ilyasova hit two free throws to put the game away.

Trailing the 76ers by three games in the standings going into Monday night, the Bucks needed to win their final three games and have the 76ers lose their last three to make the playoffs.

The 76ers visit the Bucks on Wednesday night, and Milwaukee was hoping to make that game meaningful. Instead, it will just be a playoff tuneup for Philadelphia.

Ellis played Monday night despite a hand injury. Milwaukee was without Carlos Delfino because of a right groin injury and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute because of a sore right knee.

Ellis had 17 points on 4-for-14 shooting.

The Bucks trailed by five points at halftime, then allowed the Raptors to begin the third quarter with a 13-4 run.

Toronto took a 61-47 lead on a jumper by Gary Forbes, who was knocked to the court and got up limping after the shot. Forbes was able to stay in the game.

Toronto led by five going into the fourth quarter.

Notes: Raptors coach Dwane Casey started James Johnson instead of Aaron Gray, moving Amir Johnson to center. ... Asked if he or the team would keep an eye on the 76ers' score during the game, Bucks coach Scott Skiles noted that the Bradley Center's out-of-town scoreboards sometimes lag behind real time. "I've been told that's usually 15 minutes behind," Skiles said. The 76ers' final score was posted immediately.

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