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Game #12: Milwaukee Bucks 83 - Toronto Raptors 124

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  • Game #12: Milwaukee Bucks 83 - Toronto Raptors 124


    Probable Starters:
    Bucks Raptors
    PG Brandon Knight PG Kyle Lowry
    SG Kris Middleton SG Demar Derozan
    SF Giannis Antetokounmpo SF Terrence Ross
    PF Jabari Parker PF Amir Johnson
    C Larry Sanders C Jonas Valanciunas
    Last Time we Met:
    APRIL 14, 2014 TORONTO 110, MILWAUKEE 100
    TORONTO -- Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points, Kyle Lowry had 24 and the Raptors set a franchise record with their 48th win, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 110-100 … Before the game, the Raptors gathered at center court, where All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan made a brief address to the crowd before unveiling Toronto's Atlantic Division Championship banner … Vasquez took DeRozan's (rest) spot in the starting lineup and made it count, finishing one point off his season high … Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and 13 rebounds and Tyler Hansbrough had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors won for the sixth time in seven games … Ramon Sessions scored 21 points, Jeff Adrien had 19 points and Brandon Knight 18 as the Bucks lost their 14th straight road game … Toronto led by as many as 22 points in the second quarter … Sessions and Knight both hit 3 -pointers as Milwaukee used a 12-1 run to cut its deficit to six points, 92-86, with 6:53 remaining in the fourth … That was as close as Milwaukee got, however … Vasquez made a free throw after Sessions was called for a technical, Lowry added a driving layup and Valanciunas added a pair from the free throw line, putting Toronto up 99-88 at 5:51.

    Game Notes:
    • Toronto concludes a franchise-record seven-game homestand (Nov. 7-21) when they host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors will depart following the game and travel to Cleveland where they face the Cavaliers on Saturday. Toronto’s last back-to-back was Nov. 4-5 when they defeated Oklahoma City and Boston. The Raptors swept the season-series vs. Milwaukee last season for the first time in team history.
    • Toronto and Milwaukee lead the NBA for most double-digit comebacks with four each. Toronto rallied from an 11-point deficit Nov. 19 vs. Memphis for a 96-92 victory. The Raptors have also overcome double-digit deficits against Oklahoma City (10 points - Nov. 4), Boston (16 points - Nov. 5) and Orlando (11 points - Nov. 11).
    • Toronto is 5-1 on the current homestand with two wins against teams with a .500 or better record (Washington and Memphis). DeMar DeRozan leads the team averaging 20.5 points. Kyle Lowry is averaging 17.2 points, 6.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds.
    • During the 2014 calendar year the Raptors are 28-8 (.778) at Air Canada Centre. Toronto is 7-1 at home this season and is tied with Portland for the most home victories in the NBA.
    • Toronto is 7-0 this season when leading after three quarters. Dating back to the start of last season, the Raptors are now 42-2 when ahead entering the fourth, including a perfect 25-0 at Air Canada Centre. Toronto has won 32 straight games when leading after three quarters. The Raptors have outscored opponents 292-to-233 (+59) in the fourth quarter this season.
    • Toronto has limited their turnovers to eight in each of the past two games (Nov. 15-19). The Raptors have turned the ball over 10 times or less seven times this season and rank second in the NBA averaging 11.0 turnovers per game. Kyle Lowry is tied for seventh in the league with a 3.61 (65-to-18) assists-per-turnover ratio.
    • Over the last four games (Nov. 11-19) Toronto is holding opponents to an NBA-best 18.8 points in the fourth quarter. The Raptors have also held opponents below .400 field goal shooting during the final frame in four consecutive games. The duo of Chuck Hayes and Amir Johnson held Memphis to two points in the paint during the final 12 minutes Nov. 19, while the Grizzlies shot .286 (4-of-14) overall. Opponents are shooting .319 (23-for-17) in the fourth quarter of the last four games.
    • From Elias: Terrence Ross scored 16 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, as the Raptors handed Memphis its second loss of the season Nov. 19. Ross scored as many as 14 points in a period in only one other game during his NBA career. That was on Jan. 25, 2014, when he scored a career-high 51 points against the L.A. Clippers on the strength of his 15 points in both the first and fourth quarters.
    • MISCELLANEOUS: Bucks head coach Jason Kidd makes his first visit to Air Canada Centre since Game 7 of last year’s Toronto-Brooklyn playoff series … Jason Kidd and Dwane Casey were both part of Dallas’ 2011 NBA Championship team … Eric Hughes spent five seasons in Toronto as an assistant coach … Jerryd Bayless played 91 games for Toronto over two seasons (2010-12) and averaged 10.5 points and 3.9 assists.

    Keys to the Game:

    + Strong First Quarter
    + Get it to the Post
    + Man up on Knight

    Key Match-Ups


    Lets Go Raptors!!

  • #2
    Time to finish the home-stand strong Joey!


    • #3
      Can't go easy on Milwaukee. Make it 10-2!
      OG is our king


      • #4

        fake win or "the end of the World" loss incoming.
        Only one thing matters: We The Champs.


        • #5
          No fake win.

          Milwaukee no joke.

          They beat Memphis at full strength although coming off back to back.


          • #6
            I'm beginning to think Dwane Casey is sticking pins in the bobbleheads of opposing teams. #wethevoodoo


            • #7
              Keep the Joey train rolling!!

              Excited to see Giannis up close for first time this year.
              Heir, Prince of Cambridge

              If you see KeonClark in the wasteland, please share your food and water with him.


              • #8
                Axel wrote: View Post
                Keep the Joey train rolling!!

                Excited to see Giannis up close for first time this year.
                Unlikely to happen.

                I watched him in OT last night vs Brooklyn - including ankle twist.

                He is going to be scary good.


                • #9
                  Giannis might be out with a sprained ankle. So if we win does this one get an asterisks too?
                  Sunny ways my friends, sunny ways
                  Because its 2015


                  • #10
                    Uncle_Si wrote: View Post
                    Giannis might be out with a sprained ankle. So if we win does this one get an asterisks too?
                    For a team like the Raptors, who have playoff run aspirations, even a fully healthy Milwaukee team should be considered a must-win. The boys just need to take care of business, without looking ahead to the road trip.


                    • #11
                      Killasova is gonna go nuts on us again. Too bad that JJ is missing because he destroys Killasova
                      Only one thing matters: We The Champs.


                      • #12
                        Lets send the Buckaroos to the same establishment who fed half the Grizzies.

                        Just kidding


                        • #13
                          Looking forward to seeing Giannis & Jabari (does anyone know/have opinion if he is the best of the rookie crop so far?)


                          • #14
                            Bendit wrote: View Post
                            Looking forward to seeing Giannis & Jabari (does anyone know/have opinion if he is the best of the rookie crop so far?)
                            Jabari's probably the best of a mediocre rookie crop so far, which has been a massive letdown. It's funny how Milwaukee actually tried to assemble a competitive team last season and ended up sucking so badly that it gave them no choice but to go into tank mode. It's exactly the opposite of Phoenix, who tried so hard to tank, but ended up being way better than what initially appeared to be a pathetic sum of parts.


                            • #15
                              Sanders basically didn't play last year due to his injuries. 'Po is improving. Parker was one of the most NBA ready rookies coming out of the draft. The Bucks are my favorite team that's still in development (they just need a new coach.. I really hate their coach).

                              The Raptors *should* be better.. but they will be playing the first game of a back to back (second game on the road against Cleveland). So I can see Casey resting some guys and that could suck especially if JJ is not playing.