O.J. Mayo hit a huge 3 to pull them within 4 with 2 minutes left to play, but it wasn’t enough for the Bucks to stage a comeback. After starting the game on a 13-4 run to stake an early lead on the Raptors, the Raptors went on a 43-18 run. In a night where a lot of guys struggled from the field Derozan scored 27 and Middleton scored 26. None of the Bucks defenders had an answer for Derozan he was able to get in the lane and get to the line play after play.
Player of the Game: Demar Derozan
Derozan has been able to be a very successful player despite the lack of a consistent jumpshot. Considering he plays a ton of 2 guard and dabbles at the 3. I think Giannis should seek to emulate parts of Derozan’s game as he goes forward. Derozan is inefficient, but Giannis is much taller and has shown more abilities at the rim. Derozan is not the type of player the Bucks have struggled with this season, typically shooters have killed them. Derozan was able to drive past any match up he got tonight though.
Buck of the Game: Khris Middleton
Middleton was able to score an extremely efficient 26 points on only 15 shots tonight, aided in part by getting to line for 8 free throws. Middleton bounced back from a mediocre game against the Clippers to carry a defunct Bucks offense. Giannis deserves an honorable mention here for posting a do-it-all stat line of 15 points 7 rebounds 3 assists 2 steal 1 block night. He shows flashes every night and I wish Kidd would feature him a bit more in pick and rolls although he did a little of that tonight.
The Bucks will return home tomorrow night to face the reigning champion Warriors who are currently in overtime to keep their streak alive. It will be a tough match-up especially if Klay Thompson is able to play.