Fred VanVleet scored 33 factors, Pascal Siakam added 23 and the Toronto Raptors withstood the lack of Kyle Lowry to beat the slumping Milwaukee Bucks 124-113 on Tuesday night time.
“He hit it a few occasions, as soon as within the first half after which as soon as within the second,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse stated. “They’ll consider it totally right here tonight and we must always know extra right here tomorrow.”
Even with Lowry out of the sport, the Raptors by no means fell behind within the second half.
“Any time a man goes down, it is that next-man-up mentality that we have at all times had right here,” VanVleet stated. “One thing I’ve tried to proceed to do is enhance my degree of play when he is out. I assumed your entire workforce simply picked it up a notch when he went down. That is what you wish to see.”
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Milwaukee misplaced its fourth straight regardless of getting 34 factors, 10 rebounds, eight assists and 5 steals from Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks hadn’t dropped 4 in a row for the reason that 2019 Japanese Convention finals towards Toronto, after they blew a 2-0 lead and misplaced the collection in six video games.
Antetokounmpo practically recorded his second straight triple-double. The 2-time reigning MVP had 24 factors, 17 rebounds and 10 assists Sunday in a 114-109 loss to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.
“You’ve got simply received to go to work the following day,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer stated. “We have got to have a look at the movie. We have got to go to observe. We have got to see the place we are able to get higher. No person’s proud of the outcome. No person feels good about it.”
Siakam added 13 rebounds and 6 assists. VanVleet had a team-high seven assists.
The Bucks have been enjoying the primary of eight straight residence video games after ending a six-game street journey. This extended homestand additionally offers the Bucks the possibility to play in entrance of spectators at Fiserv Discussion board for the primary time this season.
Tuesday’s recreation featured solely about 250 invited friends and members of the family of gamers in an enviornment that seats over 17,000.
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However the return residence could not finish the Bucks’ slide.
Milwaukee trailed 112-103 after which scored six straight factors earlier than Donte DiVincenzo missed a possible tying nook 3-pointer with 5:08 remaining. The Raptors answered with seven straight factors and stayed in entrance by at the least six the remainder of the best way.
OG Anunoby returned to motion after lacking 10 video games with a strained left calf and had 13 factors and 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. Chris Boucher scored 14 factors and Norman Powell had 11.
Pat Connaughton had a season-high 20 factors and Bobby Portis scored 16 for the Bucks. DiVincenzo had 12 factors and eight assists however shot simply 1 of 8 from 3-point vary.