Raptors lose to regular season malaise, and the Bucks

Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam tries to drive past Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo

Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam tries to drive past Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo

But they missed their first five field-goal attempts of the fourth quarter and, even though they were within four fewer than two minutes left, they didn't have enough gas to finish the comeback. But Toronto didn't stop fighting. Pascal Siakam paced Toronto with 30 points on 13-of-21 shooting including 3-of-6 from 3-point range plus 1-of-1 at the free throw line.

Antetokounmpo had at least 35 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks in a game for the second time in his career.

For more on this battle at the Fiserv Forum, we have you covered with takeaways below. In a game like this, where VanVleet is having trouble creating against length, Gasol's passivity is crippling, you have to run some actions that have a meaningful chance of succeeding for your #1 offensive option. There was little attempt to get Siakam the ball on the move, opting instead for straight post-ups against the outrageously long Giannis Antetokounmpo, with Brook Lopez playing help-side. Their offence was stagnant, they were forcing tough shots and they had five turnovers to just one assist.

Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 115-105 victory over the Raptors on Saturday night in the first meeting between the teams since the Eastern Conference finals. The Raptors did a great job of battling back and making things close, but their slow start is to blame for the loss in this one. However, they failed to complete a turnaround similar to last year's best-of-seven series that tipped off with two home wins for the Bucks.

According to NBA.com, the Bucks have outscored opponents by 17.3 points per 100 possessions in the first half of games, the best net rating in the league. The Raptors generated a few open looks but couldn't knock them down when they needed them the most.




In the third quarter, Toronto wouldn't go away and the Bucks' biggest concern of the season began to creep up on them again.

The Raptors rallied in the fourth by cutting the lead to just four points but couldn't win on the road. Their 32-point win against the Magic was the only time their big lead hasn't been in serious danger.

We talked about the Raptors slow start, but that didn't include Kyle Lowry, who was the only player that could get anything to go.

Lowry's 17 points and 12 from Siakam pulled Toronto to 95-90 heading into the fourth quarter. VanVleet's 3-pointer trimmed the lead to four with 2:24 remaining.

Eric Bledsoe had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists. So, if you're a team with a good amount of talent and you find yourself down 51-25 at any point, you have to take it on the chin and say: "Wow, we really didn't bring it tonight".

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