For those wondering if the Bucks can win games without Khris Middleton or Giannis Antetokounmpo, the answer is yes! After two losses in Miami, Milwaukee continues its second straight success without its best forwards, this time against the Raptors (130-122), who have won four of five games, including New York the day before. ..
The Bucks can once again thank Jrue Holiday, who had a season-best 37 points, as well as the outside shooters, who finished 19 of 39 on 3-pointers! Thanks to this long address from Jrue Holiday and Joe Ingles, Milwaukee got off to the best start: 44-34 after twelve minutes. Toronto also has a few pitchers, and Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr. they would reverse the trend by posting a near-perfect 2nd quarter to lead 74-67 at halftime.
Back from the locker room, Brook Lopez pulls out all the stops and Grayson Allen starts planting from distance. The two players took turns hitting 3-pointers and Milwaukee stormed back to the lead (105-97) in the final quarter. Except Gary Trent Jr. is having a big night as he combines dunks and 3-pointers to lead the Raptors to within one point. Behind, OG Anunoby starts and Toronto is in ambush (111-110). The event of the evening begins with a collision between Lopez and Trent. The first one is kicked out, and the referees distribute techniques.
Fred VanVleet uses Boork Lopez’s exit to attack the circle, but the Bucks shooters still have the hot hand. Pat Connaughton, Allen and Holiday still hit the mark from distance and the Bucks lead by seven points with two minutes to go. What followed was a defensive fest, with counters by Joe Ingles and Holiday leaving the Raptors scoreless for two minutes. Bucks 130-122 final win to remain Dolphins of Celtics in the East.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Brook Lopez fired. Funny scene with this “slow” between Brook Lopez and Gary Trent Jr. Bucks’ turnbuckle dislodges his blindfold and then tenses up. The judges ruled that Lopez removed the curtain and then pushed OQAnunobi. Result: two technicals and therefore an ejection. This is the first in his career.
– Skill in free throws. Even if the Bucks were too skilled, the Raptors had the means to force themselves. They shoot 63% from behind the line with 10 missed free throws and a very average 63%. Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes are 2-for-8 runs.
✅Jrue Holiday. As against the Pacers, Jrue Holiday was outstanding from start to finish, and we even remember his “money time” for his stepback 3-pointer after his defense on Fred VanVleet. He scored the best performance of the season with 37 points.
✅Grayson Allen. Each of his 3 points was like a breath of fresh air for the team. His aggressiveness is valuable and he is also capable of raising the level of play.
✅Joe Ingles. We felt it was a good night from the first quarter. Intelligent from a distance, reassuring with accuracy. Like Holiday, he ran the decisive counter “on the money.”
✅Fred VanVleet. It’s hard to fault him because he’s a real engine on the ground. It was he who woke up his teammates in the 2nd half.
⛔OG Anunoby. A matchup where the winger can’t do everything from the Raptors. 2 of his 13 shots hurt…
Milwaukee (29-16) : Off until Saturday with a visit to Cleveland.
Toronto (20-25) : trip to Minnesota on Thursday.