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Four takeaways from the Toronto Raptors' first loss of the season

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Kyle Lowry, Malcolm Brogdon [NBA Getty Images]

The Toronto Raptors went into tonight's game without star forward Kawhi Leonard, who was resting on the front end of back-to-back games.

The result: their first loss of the season124-107 to the Milwaukee Bucks without Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Take a look at the four takeaways from tonight's tough game:

Poor defence

Before this loss to the Bucks, the most points the Raptors had allowed in a game were 113 to the Washington Wizards, the only other game that Kawhi Leonard was out - coincidence? I think not.

The Raptors allowed the Antetokounmpo-less Bucks' supporting cast to have seven different players score in double-figures. Milwaukee matched its franchise record for threes made in a game with 19, shooting 42.2 percent from deep on the night - the most threes the Raptors have allowed through seven games this season. The Bucks' 48.9 percent from the field is the highest any team has shot against the Raptors as well.

When you're without your best defensive player things like this will happen, but it seems Toronto just caught Milwaukee on a hot shooting night.

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Poor shooting

While the Bucks had a great shooting night, the Raptors had their worst shooting night of the season.

109 points, 38.2 percent from the field, 20.0 percent from beyond the arc and nine made threes were all season-lows for Toronto. The team's 102 attempts from the field and 45 attempts from long range were the most shots they've taken in a game but they just couldn't convert.

Toronto did a good job attacking the rim, getting to the free throw line 28 times - good for second-most through seven games, but they struggled from everywhere else on the court. The small bright spot on the offensive end is that the Raptors assisted on 25 of their 39 buckets. Kyle Lowry finished with 15 of those 25 assists.

Career nights for Ibaka, Siakam

Now that the negatives are out of the way, let's focus on two bright spots: the play of Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam.

Ibaka has revitalized himself for the Raptors this year and he did his part to try and step up tonight. He scored his Raptors career-high with 30 points, one shy of his overall career-high. He was efficient from the field shooting 12-for-21 and added nine rebounds an assist and a block. He's up to 16.7 points per game which is higher than he's ever averaged for his career.

Siakam seems to improve every time he steps on the floor for the Raptors this season and tonight was no different. He had a career-high 22 points on an equally as efficient 10-for-16 from the field and filled up the stat sheet with eight rebounds, four steals, two assists and a block.

Siakam is looking more confident than ever on the offensive end and constantly finds himself in the right spots on defence. The future is surely bright for the 24-year old forward.

Well-rested Kawhi for tomorrow night's game

While it's unfortunate Leonard couldn't suit up to try and keep the Raptors unbeaten, he'll be ready to go against the Philadelphia 76ers tomorrow. The Sixers have won two in a row and find themselves at 4-3 on the season.

The last time Leonard sat out he posted one of his most efficient games as a Raptor with 22 points on 9-for-14 from the field and 4-for-7 from three in a 21-point win over the Charlotte Hornets.

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