TORONTO – Fred VanVleet scored 29 points to lead the short-handled Raptors to a 97-93 win over Milwaukee on Thursday, beating the Bucks’ eight-game winning streak.
The Raptors (10-13) ended a four-game losing streak with just the second win in their last six and third at home this season.
Pascal Siakam has 20 points and 8 rebounds, while rookie Scottie Barnes has 13.
Jrue Holiday scored 26 points to lead the Bucks (14-9) without star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Raptors lost to the ugly Memphis 98-91, losing five games in a row at home for the first time since January 2011. Siakam said after the Grizzlies loss that “the fans deserve better.”
They were sure to come out of the gate on Thursday, holding the Bucks with a three-point lead then giving themselves an 11-point lead. They led 73-68 to start the fourth inning.
The Bucks took the lead in the second round early in the final bracket, but VanVleet nearly single-handedly led the Raptors 7-0 to take them to nine.
A mix from Sandro Mamukelashvili put the Bucks in the second round with a 4:34 score to play, but the Raptors fell on the defensive and when VanVleet edged past a pair of Milwaukee defenders to get into the basket and score, the Raptors took the ball. pushed back to six with 3:06 to play. VanVleet raised his hands in the air, cheering for the fans at Scotiabank Arena. They are required.
However, Bobby Portis Jr. connected on a three point pointer with 33 seconds to play to cut the difference into three points. VanVleet took a few free throws for some sighing opportunities, but a pair of fouls 14 seconds into play sent the Bucks to the free-throw line on five shots. They missed two.
Precious Achiuwa missed a pair of free throws with 3.6 seconds to play, but Barnes captured the momentum of the attack, all but sealed the victory.
Toronto has been hit hard by injuries. OG Anunoby is sidelined for the eighth straight game with a hip injury, with no time to return, while Khem Birch remains sidelined with a knee injury.
The Bucks are also inferior, without the big trio Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez and DeMarcus Cousins.
Trent Jr, who wears a white and a black shoe, makes his presence immediately felt, connecting on a three-pointer for the game’s early points.
“Obviously he’s a goalscorer and a shooter and we can use our full potential right now, that’s for sure,” coach Nick Nurse said before the game. .
Toronto took six of the 10 long shots in the solid first half, and took a 26-23 lead to start the second half.
The Raptors continued to maintain momentum, and when Achiuwa scored on the jump, turning from the belt like a gymnast on the bar, Toronto jumped to eight. The home team entered the dressing room at half-time with a 48-40 lead.
Chris Boucher, who has played little in the past few games, missed an easy game and clutched his head with both hands in frustration. However, he made his next two hits, including a back throw that he followed by staring into the TV camera.
While Anunoby remains out of training after his recovery recently stalled, Nurse seems more hopeful about Birch.
“I think it’s getting better,” Nurse said. “He’s not training or doing anything but I see him in the gym and he seems to be working pretty hard so I think it’s improving, hopefully he’ll be back soon.”
The Raptors’ seven-season game continues Sunday against Washington. Toronto is home to 10 of its 13 games in December.
This Canadian Press report was first published on December 2, 2021.
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