Milwaukee Bucks 115, Toronto Raptors 105

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 and avenge their Eastern Conference Finals elimination last year.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 36 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and added eight assists as the Milwaukee Bucks held on to defeat the visiting Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors tried to come back from a 26-point deficit but could get no closer than four points in the fourth quarter.

It was the first meeting between the teams since the Raptors eliminated the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals last season.

Eric Bledsoe added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks, while Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez each had 11 points.

Kyle Lowry led Toronto with a season-best 36 points and Pascal Siakam had 16 points before fouling out with 1:41 to play in the fourth quarter. Fred VanVleet added 12 points, Serge Ibaka scored 11 and Marc Gasol contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Bucks scored the first five points in the fourth, but Ibaka’s dunk cut the lead to four with 7:03 remaining.

The Bucks bumped the lead to seven points on Middleton’s two free throws with 3:27 remaining. VanVleet’s three-pointer trimmed the lead to four with 2:24 remaining. But the Bucks went ahead by eight on a dunk by Antetokounmpo with 1:22 to go as they saw out a comfortable win.

Next up for them is a trip to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves on Monday night. The Raptors now get to rest up before hosting the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

Peace,

Burke.

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