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Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors overcome Giannis Antetokounmpo's 43 points to defeat Milwaukee Bucks

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Serge Ibaka (NBA Getty Images)

The Toronto Raptors snap their two-game losing streak to the Milwaukee Bucks in impressive fashion.

With four starters scoring 20-plus points, the Raptors defeated the Bucks in Milwaukee on Saturday by a final score of 123-116.

Check below for updates, highlights and stats if you missed any of the action.

Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Preview | Box Score | Play-by-Play

End of 4th quarter: Raptors 123, Bucks 116

10:56 p.m. - That'll do it. The Raptors hold on to the win.

Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated this one with 43 points and 18 rebounds, but four players scored 20-plus points for the Raptors, led by Kawhi Leonard's 30.

Leonard also grabbed six rebounds, dished out six assists and came up with five big steals.

The Raptors are back in action on Sunday, when they take on the Indiana Pacers.

10:46 p.m. - And this is why Kawhi Leonard is an MVP candidate. He drains a jump shot over Khris Middleton and gets fouled, setting him up for his 30th point of the night.

10:45 p.m. - The Bucks aren't going away. A Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk makes it 112-105 with just over two minutes to play.

10:39 p.m. - Pascal Siakam's third 3-pointer of the game extends Toronto's lead to 12 points. Gut check time for the Bucks.

10:38 p.m. - Fred VanVleet is having a great game. After hitting his five 3-pointer of the night, he set Danny Green for a layup.

VanVleet is now up to 19 points and eight assists, and the Raptors have a 107-98 lead.

10:34 p.m. - We've only played six minutes of the fourth quarter and Giannis Antetokounmpo has already scored 10 points in the frame.

If you came into this game wondering why he's our front-runner for MVP, well, now you know.

10:30 p.m. - Well, that was quick. A 12-4 run from the Bucks gives them the lead again.

There's not much that can be done when Giannis Antetokounmpo is walking into 3s. Both of his made triples in this game have come in the fourth quarter.

End of 3rd quarter: Raptors 91, Bucks 82

10:21 p.m. - Another strong quarter for the Raptors is in the books.

Led by Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka, they outscored the Bucks 35-25 and enter the fourth quarter with a nine point lead.

10:16 p.m. - You know how they say basketball is a game of runs? An 8-0 run from Milwaukee cut Toronto's lead to four points with 2:10 left in the third. Then Pascal Siakam went on a personal 5-0 run to extend the lead to nine points.

We could be in for a wild finish.

10:13 p.m. - Pascal Siakam doing what he does best:

10:06 p.m. - The Raptors are getting it done on both ends in the third. Their lead is now up to 78-69 with 4:52 to go in the quarter.

10:05 p.m. - Quite the sequence from Serge Ibaka, blocking Giannis Antetokounmpo at the rim and hitting a 3-pointer in transition.

9:53 p.m. - The Raptors score the first five points of the third quarter and extend their run to 12-0.

They've taken a 61-57 lead, prompting Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer to call a timeout.

End of 2nd quarter: Raptors 56, Bucks 57

9:36 p.m. - The Raptors close the quarter on a 7-0 run and trail by only one point going into the half.

Kawhi Leonard had a huge second quarter, scoring 10 points on 3-for-4 shooting from the field. Giannis Antetokounmpo responded with 13 points and six rebounds, but Toronto got an additional six points out of Fred VanVleet and a combined eight points out of Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka in the frame.

In total, the Raptors outscored the Bucks 29-23 in the frame.

This, however, is a little worrying:

9:28 p.m. - Giannis Antetokounmpo responds with a couple of quick buckets. This is quickly turning into a fun battle between a pair of MVP candidates.

9:26 p.m. - And now Kawhi Leonard is starting to heat up. A 3-pointer makes him the game's highest scorer with 13 points.

Milwaukee's lead is down to just five.

9:17 p.m. - The Raptors are going small with Pascal Siakam at centre. Let's see if that solves some of their problems on both ends.

9:14 p.m. - Giannis Antetokounmpo is starting to heat up. The Greek Freak already has five points in the second quarter, and the Bucks have extended their lead to 10 with 8:49 remaining in the half.

9:11 p.m. - Pascal Siakam with a big block on Malcolm Brogdon, who is the game's highest scorer with 11 points.

End of 1st quarter: Raptors 27, Bucks 34

9:05 p.m. - The Bucks close the first quarter with an 11-2 run and lead by seven points.

Milwaukee's backcourt is off to a strong start in this one, with a combined 19 points (7-8 FG) and six assists out of Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon.

The Raptors have done a decent job so far of containing Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has five points (2-4 FG) and three rebounds.

Fred VanVleet and Kawhi Leonard lead Toronto in scoring with seven points each.

8:54 p.m. - The Raptors are starting to get some stops. Fred VanVleet caps off a 9-2 run with a couple of free throws, knotting this game up at 23 with 4:14 to go in the first.

8:49 p.m. - The Bucks have started this game on fire. They've hit eight of their first 11 shot attempts, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range.

The Raptors have also shot well, but they find themselves trailing 21-14 as we near the midpoint of the first quarter.

Pregame

8:25 p.m. - Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez will start for the Bucks.

8:11 p.m. - Fred VanVleet, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka will start for the Raptors.

7:04 p.m. - No Kyle Lowry for the Raptors tonight, per Nick Nurse. The four-time All-Star will miss his sixth straight game with a back injury.

The last time Lowry and Kawhi Leonard shared the court? The last time the Raptors played the Bucks (Dec. 9).

In other news, Nurse also told the media that the expectation is Leonard will play tonight against the Bucks and tomorrow night against the Indiana Pacers. If he does, it'll be the first time he has played in a back-to-back as a member of the Raptors.

6:53 p.m. - Eric Nehm of The Athletic asked Bucks forward Khris Middleton before the game how important it would be to hold the tiebreaker over the Raptors.

"That's huge to have that tiebreaker in our back pocket," Middleton said. "Hopefully it won't get to that point, though. As long as we focus on us and do the things we're supposed to do, we'll be fine."

Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer, meanwhile, said " it means nothing."

6:48 p.m. - Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo have played each other nine times in their NBA careers.

With some help from Basketball Reference, here's what they've averaged in those games:

Player Wins Losses PPG RPG APG FG%
Kawhi Leonard 7 2 18.3 6.1 1.8 46.6
Giannis Antetokounmpo 2 7 12.0 7.6 2.7 46.5

Antetokounmpo did get the better of Leonard in the last matchup, however, with 19 points, 19 rebounds and six assists compared to 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Leonard.

Let's see which one of them can lead their team to a victory tonight.

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