The Toronto Raptors ended their two-game losing streak on the second night of back-to-back, squeezing a 103–96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum.
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The Bucks opened the game at 16–2 as the Raptors missed 11 of their first 12 shots, however, Toronto closed on the defensive end and worked their way back, their first lead of the game at 53–52 with 9. Took it :19 Saved in the third quarter, thanks to a Pascal Siakam jump shot and he didn’t give up the lead the rest of the way.
Siakam led with his second career triple-double, with the Raptors scoring 30 points, while Ozzy Anunobi added 24 and Fred VanVleet added 16 as they registered three wins against the Bucks this season. .
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 28 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Grayson Allen scored 18 and Khris Middleton scored 16.
With the win, the Raptors improved the season to 21–19 and have now won their last five games at the Fischer Forum.
Here are some thoughts on the buzzer….
Siakam took over
Pascal Siakam had his fingerprints during this game recording 30 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds and two steals, making it two triple-doubles in the season and just the second of his career.
He became just the fourth player in Raptors franchise history with a 30-point triple-double, after Fred VanVleet to do so against the Utah Jazz last week.
Siakam has 10 assists season-high and is just two shy of his career-best as he consistently knifed the Bucks’ defense, his ability in the pick-and-roll to find open shooters and create scoring opportunities throughout the game. displayed.
— Toronto Raptors (@raptors) 16 January 2022
He scored 13 of the team’s 30 fourth-quarter points, shooting 5 of 4, despite battling a foul – including a dagger 3-pointer to prevent victory while remaining 1:10 in the game.
Pascal Comes Big In The Clutch For Siakam @ Raptors,
10 REB pic.twitter.com/O4yFOaDWx5
— NBA (@NBA) 16 January 2022
In his last 10 games, Siakam averaged 24.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.6 steals, shooting 48.9 percent off the field and 42.4 percent from the 3-point line, making the case of late for All-Star consideration. Is.
The Raptors turned their game in their favor, thanks to a blistering third quarter, especially on the defensive end as they exuded physicality and forced the Bucks into a ton of tough shots, fighting everything on the rim.
Milwaukee shot only 27.8 percent (5-for-18) in this period and 33.8 percent at night – their worst shooting performance of the season.
The Raptors led the Bucks 44-24 in the paint, thanks largely to the work of Precious Achiuwa and Chris Boucher. Head coach Nick Nurse guarded Antetokounmpo with Achiuva picking up the Greek freak before crossing the halfcourt as his energy and activity pushed the ball out of his hands and beat the other Bucks.
He put Antetokounmpo to shoot on the floor at 6-of-17, doing the bulk of his scoring at the free-throw line, as he was perfect at 17-of-17.
With the game on the line, the Raptors turned on the defense once again, catching the Bucks for just one field goal in the final five minutes.
OG Anunoby hits the runway
Anunoby picked his spot to attack as 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists, to capitalize on the Bucks defence’s flank Siakam and VanValet.
It was a rough shooting night for Annobi, who needed 23 shots for his 24 points, including a game-high 13 from Beyond the Arc (3-of-13), but would often be left in space. and the box had to be paid. some major assets.
Nothing better than this huge jam straight across the street.
“And! Oh my!”
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— NBA (@NBA) 16 January 2022
champagne all hustle
Raptors rookie Justin Champagne did his best Dennis Rodman impersonation tonight, showcasing his uncanny ability to find the ball wherever he goes.
He made 10 of his career-high 12 rebounds in the first half and took part in six of the Raptors’ 16 offensive rebounds, which helped him create a ton of second-chance scoring opportunities.
More important than Siakam’s second triple double, Champagne became the 21st Raptor to have 12+ rebounds with 3 or fewer points.
A list containing Gary Trent Sr. is included pic.twitter.com/4OCuRlDeOE
— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) 16 January 2022
Raptors Injury Update
Nick Nurse was forced into a shorter rotation tonight and despite playing in Detroit 24 hours ago, six players logged 30-plus minutes, with four of the five playing 39-plus.
Toronto was without rookie Scotty Barnes, who was ruled out before tip-off with knee tendinitis, while Gary Trent Jr. missed his third-straight game with an ankle pain.
What will happen next?
The Raptors took on Kyle Lowry and the Heat on Monday, January 17, while continuing their five-match road trip to Miami. Suggestion is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
see you then!
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