Raptors fall to Bucks despite Lowry's season-high 36 points

Raptors fall to Bucks despite Lowry's season-high 36 points

Raptors fall to Bucks despite Lowry's season-high 36 points

While Lowry was magnificent - and while Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 36 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists - Pascal Siakam struggled through a hard night.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 36 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and added eight assists as the Milwaukee Bucks held on to defeat the visiting Toronto Raptors 115-105 Saturday night. "It felt like the 3 he hit was just a monster 3, too".

The Greek Freak's final stat line speaks for itself - 36 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists, four blocks and a steal while shooting 14-for-20 (70.0%) from the field, including one dagger 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to spoil the Raptors' comeback hopes.

That wasn't much of a surprise.

In their first matchup since last season's Eastern Conference finals matchup, the reigning MVP helped Milwaukee hold on to beat Toronto 115-105 after almost blowing a 26-point edge at Fiserv Forum.

The Raptors are a good team, and whether or not you read outlets that seem to think that the Raptors are bereft of talent, they're actually chalk-full of it.

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. "When I woke up from my nap, that's what I was thinking". These are the games he has to win regardless of the sluggish defensive play. But it was an important win.

If there were "statements" to be made from the sixth game of the regular season - and that's a dubious proposition - it's that Toronto can not win when it goes nearly the entire first half without getting any of its offence untracked.

With the Bucks improving to 4-2 on the season, last year's playoff defeat is now a distant memory, but Milwaukee needs to address its problem with maintaining big leads.

In their six games this season, the Bucks have led by at least 19 points in five of them. They've lost two of those games - to the Heat and Celtics - and were close to falling apart in two more. Against the Cavaliers, their lead was trimmed to five in the fourth quarter, and on Saturday night, the Raptors had it down to four.

Raptors: Lowry had one game out of 65 last season with 30-plus points.

As we've seen so many times before, Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated this game from start to finish. People are coming after us; nothing's going to be given to us. "Get good shots on the offensive end and lock in defensively". The No. 1 defense in the league last season, the Bucks are 12th so far this time around.

Toronto coach Nick Nurse challenged the call on Siakam's sixth foul with 1:41 to play, but a review confirmed it and George Hill pushed the lead to six with two free throws. I like the Bucks to take this game.

After the win, Budenholzer noted that 40-point third quarter four different times in the span of one answer. His four blocks can give you an idea of the type of energy he brought to that end of the floor. "So it's 'How can we be better defensively?' Sometimes you just need to keep the faith, keep your poise, keep your direction". But it would be great if we could find a way to get some stops.

You know the woozy feeling you get when you stand up too fast?

Bucks: Play at Minnesota on Monday. He also led the Bucks an NBA-best 60-22 record during the regular season en route to earning MVP honors.

The Raptors will matchup against the dysfunctional Kings on Wednesday, as they look to get back in the winning stride of things.

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