MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Vince Carter was taken out by Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens in the third quarter of the Raptors' loss to the Milwaukee Bucks to rest his sore left knee.

``I just took a precaution,'' Wilkens said. ``He bumped it. His knee was a little sore. He wanted to play, but I decided I'd try him a little bit and it didn't look like we were making progress getting back into the game, so I decided I'd sit him down. We've got a game Sunday.''

Carter, who scored 15 points in the 104-97 loss, said it will be a game-time decision if he plays against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. He has missed five games this season with an injured left quad tendon.

Carter, 6-for-17 from the floor, hit a 3-pointer early in the third that got Toronto within three at 54-51. It was the only shot he made in five attempts in the quarter before being pulled with 4:05 left in the third.

``This being the second game in two nights, I made the decision to give him a rest,'' Wilkens said. ``He wanted to go out and play, but I made the decision to keep him out.''