Road reaction: Raptors 124, Bucks 83
Instead of riding the momentum of Wednesday’s triple overtime win in Brooklyn, the Milwaukee Bucks laid an egg in Toronto on Friday night.
The Raptors entered with the best record in the Eastern Conference and trounced the Bucks from the start, leading by as many as 52 points in the third quarter en route to a 124-83 victory at Air Canada Centre.
With its three-game winning streak snapped, Milwaukee will look to put Friday’s trouncing in the rear-view mirror with another Eastern Conference contender on tap Saturday.
1 big moment: In a game that was decided by halftime, there weren’t many big moments. The Raptors turned an eight-point game into a rout with a 14-3 run early in the second quarter.
Toronto led, 51-32, on a 3-pointer by Greivis Vasquez with 7:54 to play in the first half and never looked back. The Raptors’ 52-point advantage in the third quarter was their largest lead in franchise history.
2 top performers: Veteran guard Louis Williams came off the bench to score a season-high 22 points for Toronto, including hitting five of the Raptors’ season-high 15 3-pointers. Williams scored 11 points in the decisive second quarter and hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Raptors a 71-45 halftime lead.
In an otherwise dreadful game, rookie Jabari Parker led the Bucks with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes.
3 key stats: It was the ninth loss by 40 or more points in franchise history for the Bucks, and Milwaukee’s worst loss since losing 112-69 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 30, 2008. Milwaukee’s five previous losses were by a combined 41 points.
The Raptors became the seventh team in the NBA this season to shoot at least 60 percent from beyond the arc. Toronto hit 15 of 25 (60 percent) of its 3-point shots, while Milwaukee was 7 of 21.
Even when the Bucks forced the Raptors to miss, Toronto cleaned up the offensive glass. The Raptors had 21 of their 30 second-chance points in the first half, as Jonas Valanciunas had as many offensive rebounds (four) in the first half as the Bucks did.
Said: "I take full responsibility. I think the big thing is we got off to a slow start and we just couldn’t catch up . . . We didn’t rebound the ball as a team tonight and gave them too many second opportunities. Going into this game, we knew this was the best team in the Eastern Conference, and they showed it tonight." — Bucks coach Jason Kidd
Seen: The Bucks ruled forward Giannis Antetokounmpo out with a sprained right ankle prior to the game and Jerryd Bayless started in his place.
But during the first quarter, the Bucks announced Antetokounmpo actually was available. Antetokounmpo scored seven points in 15 minutes during the first half but did not come back for the second half. With the game out of hand, Kidd said the Bucks decided to hold Antetokounmpo out of the second half as a precaution.
Next: The Bucks wrap up a stretch of four games in five nights with a home game against the Washington Wizards, who lead the Southeast Division with an 8-3 record.
Washington will also be playing a back-to-back Saturday following a 91-78 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
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