Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Giannis Antetokounmpo Leads Bucks Past Raptors 122-119 in Overtime

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Giannis Antetokounmpo Leads Bucks Past Raptors 122-119 in Overtime

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Antetokounmpo leads Bucks past Raptors in OT

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TORONTO - After many failed attempts to defeat the NBA's best home team, the taste of victory was sweet for Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

"We haven't beaten them in a while, so the win feels a lot better, to be honest with you," said Antetokounmpo.

The Greek superstar scored a team-high 26 points and added 12 rebounds to help his team hang on to defeat the Toronto Raptors 122-119 in overtime on Friday.

Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe would each collect 21 points for the Bucks (33-25) who picked up their first and only win against Toronto this season.

Heading into the game, Toronto had defeated Milwaukee in 15 of the previous 17 contests dating back to the 2013-14 season.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors (41-17) with a game-high 33 points. Toronto dropped just their fifth home game this season and their first since a Jan. 26 loss to Utah. The Raptors also had their season-high win streak halted at seven games.

Toronto led the Bucks 29-23 after the opening quarter with Serge Ibaka leading the way with nine points. He'd finish the night with 18 points.

The Bucks stormed back in the second quarter by making all six of their three-point attempts. DeRozan earned a technical foul after arguing a foul he received on Middleton's three-point attempt with 15.1 seconds remaining in the half. The sequence allowed Middleton to complete a rare five-point play, three points for the basket, one for the original blocking foul, and one point for the technical.

Jonas Valanciunas would also get a technical foul earlier in the quarter.

Milwaukee led Toronto 65-57 at halftime.

"They had a 42-point quarter, and we didn't play well," Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said.

The Bucks ran their lead up as many as 12 points in the third quarter before the Raptors brought it down to eight. …

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