TORONTO (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have gotten the best of the Raptors so far this season. Even though the season series is over, he knows they haven’t seen the last of Toronto.
Antetokounmpo scored 19 points, Khris Middleton had 18 and the Bucks beat the Raptors 105-92 on Thursday night, ending Toronto’s season-best home winning streak at 10 games.
“It’s big for us but we’ve got to stay humble, keep working hard, keep working on our game and keep moving forward,” Antetokounmpo said. “We know we’re going to be back here eventually.”
D J Wilson scored a career-high 16 points and Eric Bledsoe had 14 as Milwaukee (37-13) clinched the season series with its third victory in four meetings with Toronto. The Bucks stayed atop the NBA, one-and-a-half games ahead of the Raptors (37-16) in the Eastern Conference.
“It was a great playoff atmosphere, a very good test for us,” Milwaukee centre Brook Lopez said.
The victory ensures the Bucks will have the best winning percentage in the East through February 3, meaning Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer will represent the conference at next month’s NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“It’s a great honour,” Budenholzer said. “It says a lot about our team. The players are the ones who put the coaching staff in that position. I’m incredibly grateful to our entire roster.”
Milwaukee, which has won eight of nine, had not won the season series against Toronto since 2012-13.
“We came in here and played our style of ball,” Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon said. “I thought we played an excellent game.”
Pascal Siakam scored 28 points and Kawhi Leonard had 16 for the Raptors, who had not lost at home since December 9 to the Bucks. Toronto’s franchise record for consecutive home victories is 12, done twice.
Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto, which has lost three of four. The Raptors made only seven of 28 shots attempts in the fourth.
“I don’t think we played well tonight,” coach Nick Nurse said.