Bucks vs Raptors Final Score: Bucks Slay Raptors for Back-to-Back Wins, 101-94 April 06, 2017 8:42 PM

By : jaromir

For some time, a Milwaukee win against Toronto seemed like an extinct proposition, but they rebounded from a groggy first quarter to defeat the Raptors tonight, 101-94. Giannis looked springy again, bombarding his way to the rim and taking jumpers with more reckless abandon tonight to reach 21 points, ten rebounds and four assists. Khris Middleton confident game of 24 points and three rebounds was even more encouraging given this was his first time playing on a back-to-back since his return. Spencer Hawes even made an appearance, providing the BMO with a dazzling display en route to 16 points and eight rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon chipped in 17 points despite going 0-4 from deep.For the Raptors, new acquisition Serge Ibaka was the main star with 19 points and five boards, with Cory Joseph adding 14 points, five rebounds and eight assists. All-Star DeMar DeRozan looked out of sorts all night, with Milwaukee defense forcing him to only 5-13 shooting for 11 points. Milwaukee followed up a 12-point first quarter with a 41-point outburst in the second From there, they continued to keep a fairly comfortable lead until halfway through the fourth, before ultimately winning down the stretch. Milwaukee 43.7% shooting percentage fell behind Toronto 46.7%, but the Bucks benefited from 12 extra shots due to a 9-3 offensive rebounding and 6-12 turnover advantage. Milwaukee capitalized on Toronto turnovers too, scoring 20 points off their 12 gaffes. After Thon Maker threw a surprising backdoor pass to Khris Middleton to start, only his eighth assist of the season, Toronto went to work in the paint, bounding out to an 11-2 lead behind Valanciunas’ paint work. Milwaukee worked the ball around the arc, frequently finding good looks, only to have them rattle out. Meanwhile, Toronto found success battering the Bucks’ frontline, scoring 14 in the paint for the quarter and leading 19-12 after one. Milwaukee was lucky to only trail by seven given their tighter than tupperware basket, going only 4-22 .Milwaukee ended its dry spell in the second quarter, trailing by only one after a Jason Terry three and Hawes make, both of which were assisted by Malcolm Brogdon. Brogdon continued his aggressive pursuit of points, tabbing a few tough finishes while Khris Middleton assaulted the Raptors in the post and on the perimeter. Milwaukee led 34-27 after a Spencer Hawes floater. Hawes made the most of his first significant stint for the Bucks, splashing two pick-and-pop threes as the quarter proceeded. Milwaukee ended the first half up 53-42, their slow-shooting first quarter receding from their memory.Spencer Hawes was the surprising King in the North for the half, notching 14 points and five rebounds, with Khris Middleton at 12 points and Giannis at eight. For Toronto, Serge Ibaka led the Raptors with 12 points and Valanciunas close behind at 11. Milwaukee horrendous start flipped in the second, and they finished at 46.5% shooting for the half, with Toronto at 43.2%. Khris Middleton came out gunning to start the second Michael Beasley Jersey, scoring four straight. Giannis got in on the action after a quiet first half, and after a Middleton and-one in transition, the Bucks expanded their lead to 69-55.

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