02/25 22:51 CST Antetokounmpo leads Bucks by Raptors in East finals rematch
Antetokounmpo leads Bucks by Raptors in East finals rematch
By IAN HARRISON
TORONTO (AP) --- Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 19 rebounds, Khris
Middleton scored 22 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors
108-97 on Tuesday night in a matchup between the top teams in the Eastern
Eric Bledsoe scored 17 points and Brook Lopez had 15 as the NBA-leading Bucks
won their fourth straight and 18th of 20. Milwaukee (50-8) was playing the
second game of a back-to-back after winning in overtime at Washington Monday.
Antetokounmpo finished with eight assists, narrowly missing a triple-double.
Behind by 12 points late in the second quarter, the Bucks rallied to beat the
Raptors in their first game in Toronto since losing Game 6 of the Eastern
Conference finals last May, completing a disappointing collapse after winning
the first two games of that series at home.
The Bucks beat the Raptors 115-105 when the teams met in Milwaukee on Nov. 2.
They'll face each other again in consecutive games on April 1 and 3.
Pascal Siakam scored 22 points and Fred VanVleet had 14 as the defending NBA
champion Raptors lost for the second time in 19 games. Toronto was beaten at
home for the first time since Jan. 12 against San Antonio, ending a nine-game
It was a rough night for Raptors starters Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry. Ibaka
made 2 of 15 shots and Lowry shot 2 for 12. Ibaka went 1 for 10 from 3-point
range while Lowry was 1 for 7.
Lowry, Terence Davis and Chris Boucher all scored 10 points for the Raptors.
Toronto trailed 84-71 to begin the fourth, but Davis scored five points as the
Raptors closed the gap with a 7-0 spurt over the first 90 seconds of the final
VanVleet's four-point play with 2:23 left cut it to 101-94, and the Raptors
forced a steal on Milwaukee's next possession but VanVleet missed a 3.
Antetokounmpo hit a 3 at the other end, restoring the double-digit advantage.
Six of Toronto's 10 field goals in the first quarter were 3-pointers, including
a pair from Siakam. The Raptors led 27-25 after one.
Toronto was up 51-39, its biggest lead of the game, after OG Anunoby dunked
over Antetokounmpo with 2:58 to go in the second. Milwaukee closed the quarter
with an 11-1 spurt, cutting the deficit to 52-50 at halftime.
After missing 10 of 11 attempts from 3-point range in the second, the Bucks hit
three in a row from distance during their closing surge. All five of
Antetokounmpo's points in the quarter came during that stretch.
Middleton made just one of five shots in the first half but went 3 for 3 in the
third and scored nine points as the Bucks outscored the Raptors 34-19 to take
an 84-71 lead into the fourth.
Bucks: C Brook Lopez returned to the starting lineup after sitting out Monday's
overtime win at Washington because of a sore back. ... The Bucks topped 100
points for the 82nd consecutive game but failed to score at least 110 for the
first time in 19 games, snapping the longest such streak in the league this
Raptors: Toronto set a season high with 52 3-point attempts. The Raptors made
18. ... C Marc Gasol (left hamstring) missed his 11th straight game while G
Norman Powell (broken finger, left hand) missed his ninth. Powell is set to be
re-examined next week, coach Nick Nurse said ... F Patrick McCaw sat for the
third straight game because of flu-like symptoms but could return Friday
against Charlotte, Nurse said. ... Toronto made 17 turnovers, leading to 19
points for the Bucks.
T FOR TWO
After Lopez was called for a technical foul in the second, Lowry was standing
at the line waiting to shoot the free throw when Nurse was called for
technical, wiping out Lowry's attempt.
Bucks: Host Oklahoma City on Friday.
Raptors: Host Charlotte on Friday.
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