NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Toronto 20 26 27 30 103
Milwaukee 29 20 20 27 96
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3:30 PM PT4:30 PM MT5:30 PM CT6:30 PM ET23:30 GMT7:30 4:30 PM MST6:30 PM EST3:30 UAE (+1)00:3018:30 ET5:30 PM CT21:30 , January 15, 2022
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Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo take aim at Raptors

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Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks

  1. The Raptors have won four straight games against the Bucks, including a pair of victories this season. That is Milwaukee's longest losing streak to any opponent in Mike Budenholzer's four seasons as head coach.
  2. Milwaukee scored 77 points in the first half of its 118-99 win over Golden State on Thursday. The Bucks have scored 75 or more points in the first half of three different games this season, which leads the NBA. The only seasons they have had more such games are 2020-21 (six) and 1969-70 (four).
  3. Despite playing just 30 minutes against the Warriors, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points to go with 12 rebounds and 11 assists. It is his second career 30-point, triple-double in 30 or fewer minutes, which is tied with Luka Doncic for most such triple-doubles in the last 30 seasons.
  4. Bobby Portis scored 20 points against the Warriors, his seventh game this season with at least 20 points. That matches the number of 20-point games Portis had last season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo looks to continue his latest stretch of offensive dominance as the Milwaukee Bucks host the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.

The two-time MVP has been on a roll since Christmas, averaging 32.6 points, 11.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists over his last nine games. In those nine games, he has also scored at least 30 points seven times.

Milwaukee is coming off a 118-99 rout of the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, and Antetokounmpo paced the Bucks with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on 11-of-17 shooting to record his third triple-double this season.

Khris Middleton added 23 points, Bobby Portis chipped in 20 and Grayson Allen finished with 15 to help the Bucks snap a brief two-game losing streak.

"At the end of the day, you get to a position that you've seen pretty much everything (defensively)," Antetokounmpo said. "But my mindset always is try to be aggressive, try to get downhill."

The Bucks will be without Jrue Holiday on Saturday, who has missed the last four games with an ankle injury. Brook Lopez also remains sidelined as he continues to recover from back surgery, and Langston Galloway will be out due to health and safety protocol.

After shooting below 45 percent in a pair of losses against the Hornets, Milwaukee was much more efficient against Golden State, going 44-for-86 (51.2 percent) from the field while making 18 of 41 (43.9 percent) 3-pointers.

Following a six-game win streak, Toronto has now dropped back-to-back games after losing 103-87 to the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 24 points, five rebounds and 10 assists. Pascal Siakam contributed 23 points and 11 rebounds on 8-of-17 shooting, and OG Anunoby tallied 16 points. Chris Boucher added 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.

The game took a turn for the worst early on, as Khem Birch suffered a broken nose early in the first quarter, forcing him to exit the game.

"It probably took us out of some offensive sync and flow a little bit," Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said. "Obviously we were really kind of stuck movement-wise offensively, probably could have helped there, but it's part of the game and we got to move on and respond to it a little better than we did tonight."

In addition to Birch, Gary Trent Jr. could miss Saturday's contest due to an ankle injury, and Goran Dragic remains out indefinitely for personal reasons.

On the bright side, VanVleet has been playing some of his best basketball of the season in the month of January. The 6-foot-1 guard has scored at least 30 points in four of seven games this month and notched a triple-double back on Jan. 7.

With a win, the Raptors could improve to above .500 on the road this season (currently 8-8). Toronto has struggled away from home as of late, winning just one of their last five road games.

The Raptors have had their fair share of success against Milwaukee, taking the first two games of the three-game season series. Both games were close, as Toronto holds an average winning margin of just five points per contest.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 14, 2022

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