The Milwaukee Bucks continue to show that they are one of the league's best teams. The best road record in the Eastern Conference, the best net rating in the league and winning percentage in the league - Milwaukee is for real.
The win for the Bucks also insures that their head coach Mike Budenholzer will be coaching Team Giannis at NBA All-Star 2019 in Charlotte. Coach Bud got a team-high 19 points, nine rebounds out of his All-Star Captain Giannis Antetokounmpo. First-time All-Star Khris Middleton added 18 points, six rebounds and D.J. Wilson has a career-high 16 points off the bench in the win.
The Bucks are 24 games over .500 for the first time since 1986!!#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/uq2lLyb4V3- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 1, 2019
Pascal Siakam had a game-high 28 points and Kawhi Leonard's streak of 20-point games comes to an end as he finished with 16 points, eight rebounds.
Toronto will now turn their attention to the Los Angeles Clippers on Superbowl Sunday for an afternoon 3:30 p.m. ET tip at Scotiabank Arena.
If you missed any of Thursday night's action we got you covered below:
Boxscore | Play-By-Play
Final Bucks 105 Raptors 92
The BEST plays as the Bucks take the season series (3-1) over the Raptors!! #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/YCOWiO4Ukb- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 1, 2019
10:16 p.m. - Ball game. Bucks used their strong defence to close the game out in the clutch.
10:14 p.m. - A Malcolm Brogdon cold blooded three will seal it Bucks up 103-92 what a dagger.
10:12 p.m. - Milwaukee showing why they're the best defensive team in the league getting huge stops down the stretch of this game. Even though the Bucks offence has tailed off they've been able to hold Toronto off and keep a 100-92 lead with 1:24 left to play.
10:06 p.m. - After the time out, Giannis and Siakam back in the game.
10:04 p.m. - Just when it looks like the Bucks will throw the final knockout blow the Raps respond with a run of their own. Gianni still out of the game with his five fouls...with 5:07 left to play. Bucks lead 96-88.
9:57 p.m. - The Bucks are doing enough to hold the Raps at bay up 94-83. Kawhi, Lowry, Giannis have all been on the bench for the majority of the fourth period expect them all to be back in the game after the time out. 7:45 left in the game.
9:49 p.m. - How about Pascal Siakam!! 26 BIG points and bringing the Raps back into the game. 87-81 Bucks. Must note Giannis picked up his fifth foul on Siakam to start the fourth and will likely sit till mid-way through the period.
Need a spark?- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 1, 2019
Call Spicy-P 🌶️ pic.twitter.com/KfyqNBtvNF
End of Third Quarter: Bucks 87 Raptors 76
9:43 p.m. - Led by Pascal Siakam, the Raptors finally showed some fight in the period closing the quarter strong. After being down by as many as 24 Toronto has fought back and only trail by 11 heading into the fourth. Raps need to clean up the sloppy turnovers (15) and continue to move the ball (15 assists) and try and get the crowd back in the game. Siakam leads the way with 21 points, Giannis has 17 for the Bucks.
Plenty of time- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 1, 2019
Just keep chippin' away pic.twitter.com/sFKE5CJWXQ
9:35 p.m. - Brook Lopez has turned away multiple shots at the rim. His effort and shot making this year has been a key reason why the Bucks are playing as well as they have this season.
Nick Nurse & Mike Budenholzer are mic'd up for @NBAonTNT action! #WeTheNorth #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/7sORdhdw7D- NBA (@NBA) February 1, 2019
9:26 p.m. - An Eric Bledsoe pull up transition triple and the lead is now 76-54 Milwaukee. Scotiabank Arena is silent and the Bucks keep pouring it on. Milwaukee is out-scoring the Raps 20-7 in this period, and continue to nail threes up to 52% from range. (11-21) Another time out taken by Nurse with 6:45 to go in the game.
The Greek Freak for the BIGGEST lead of the night!! #FearTheDeer | #Giannis pic.twitter.com/hs3dS51qqQ- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 1, 2019
9;19 p.m. - Milwaukee is throwing the punches and the Raptors aren't fighting back. 9-2 run to start the third period, Toronto in danger of being run out of their own gym. Nick Nurse quickly calls for time with 9:51 left in the period. 65-49 Bucks.
Steal 👉 SLAM#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/ij4M7zPW0W- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 1, 2019
9:17 p.m. - Danny Green back on the floor despite dealing with the stomach virus.
Halftime: Bucks 56 Raptors 47
#Giannis paces the @Bucks with 13 1st half PTS on @NBAonTNT! #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/9WBuXha45k- NBA (@NBA) February 1, 2019
9:02 p.m. - Considering how the Raptors struggled shooting from the field, especially from three (12%) they're lucky to only be down nine. Giannis leads the way for Milwaukee with 13 points, five rebounds. Kawhi Leonard leads the way for the Raptors with 10 points. The Bucks have led by as many as 11, Toronto led by as many as five. Sloppy turnovers from Milwaukee (10) have kept the Raptors in the game that quite frankly they probably shouldn't be in. The first five minutes of the third period will be huge for both sides.
Don't leave 💦🏔 wide open.#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/AcFamlR5gZ- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 1, 2019
8:51 p.m. - The second period hasn't been kind to the Raptors at all. The Bucks are rolling, they're shooting 57% from three crushing Toronto with the long ball. Raptors attempted to go small with Kawhi playing the four without the services of Danny Green, but that hasn't stopped what Milwaukee have been doing. Bucks up 51-42 3:07 to go in the half.
21-6 RUNNN!!#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/BBI4UgFXkL- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 1, 2019
8:48 p.m. - Patrick McCaw getting some first half burn with Danny Green in the locker room suffering with a stomach virus. TNT's Kirsten Ledlow reporting he's not ruled out just yet.
8:37 p.m. - The Bucks have found the range here in the second quarter. It's a 19-6 run for Milwaukee and they're shooting 55% from three point range. The pace and spacing they are playing with is causing fits for Toronto defensively. Nick Nurse called time out down 41-31 with 7:53 to go in the half.
T👌NY!!#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/8ENsf9psS7- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 1, 2019
End of First Quarter: Raptors 25 Bucks 22
8:27 p.m. - Quick first quarter sees the Raptors up 25-22. Toronto has gotten 14 points in the paint, mainly off their pick and roll action. Raps have shot the ball poorly from three, just 13% from range after 1Q. The Bucks have made the Raptors pay for being careless with the rock, they've turned five Toronto turnovers into 10 points.
One quarter down in Toronto.#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/MLlfdGS4mF- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 1, 2019
8:20 p.m. - Raps have been hurting the Bucks with their two-man game. Milwaukee has struggled to defend the pick and roll and it's turned into easy looks point blank for Toronto. Time out on the floor with the Raptors leading 20-18. 2:40 left to play in the first.
Good ol' 1-5 action.- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 1, 2019
Baka w/ 8 pic.twitter.com/2LTBhG3Zob
8:10 p.m. - Good feel and start to the game. The game is nationally televised on TNT in the states, you can feel there's a certain buzz in the arena with the later 8:00 p.m ET tip. Both teams have already gone to their bench early. Time out on the floor, Bucks lead 10-6.
Bucks five...Middleton, Giannis, Lopez, Brogdon, Bledsoe.
Back at full strength tonight!!#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/nfQP3aUAdd- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 1, 2019
Raps starting five.
Tonight's starting 5. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/P05PWBdL2Z- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 1, 2019
A pregame proposal!!
Wonder if @delonwright will lend him his suit 🤔 pic.twitter.com/9lqe7ex0yL- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 1, 2019
The All-Star Captain putting up Jimmys ahead of Thursday's big game.
The @NBAAllStar Captain locks in.#FearTheDeer | #Giannis pic.twitter.com/g3DIGgWqNt- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 31, 2019
The Bucks talked about the big game at shootaround on Thursday.
"There are a lot people that think the Raptors are better than us. We disagree."#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/7tnt7iAdZL- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 31, 2019