The Milwaukee Bucks stormed into Toronto and defeated the top-seeded Raptors, 122-119 in overtime. Toronto’s last loss was 22-days ago.
1. Jason Terry played a huge role in helping propel the Bucks to a huge road win. The ageless 40-year old finished with 14 points and sank 4-5 three-point attempts. However, Terry’s most noticeable impact did not show up on the score sheet. In 26 minutes, the Jet was swarming on both ends of the ball. Defensively, his rotations and communication were superb. Offensively, he did a great job spacing the floor and swinging the ball around. Towards the end of overtime, Terry not only hit a huge three but he also unselfishly dished the rock to Khris Middleton for a huge three to cap an 8-0 run. This was certainly Jason Terry’s best game of the season. He left it all on the floor tonight.
2. Giannis’ clutch step-back jumper is a thing of beauty. He hit a beautiful turnaround late in the 4th quarter and put the dagger in the Raptors’ heart with another silky turnaround J as OT was winding down. Despite playing a grueling 45 minutes, Giannis looked unfazed by the moment. He tallied a hard-earned 26 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 1 blocked shot. The Raptors are one of the tougher matchups for the Greek Freak, but he still managed to sink 11-22 shots and all 4 of his free throws. He was all over the floor tonight on both ends, and despite some defensive lapses, he was excellent down the stretch. He’s only scratching the surface of the player he can become.
3. Khris Middleton stepped-up in a big way tonight. Middleton usually struggles against Toronto, but he was great tonight. He finished with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and he shot an efficient 5-10 from the floor. Khris has been unfairly scrutinized by Bucks fans this season, but he continues to put up career-high numbers all across the board. His presence on the defensive end was heard tonight, and he made Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan work for every bucket. Middleton finished a plus-6 in 35 tough minutes.
4. Sterling Brown continues to wreak havoc on the defensive end. Brown only scored 6 points in 26 minutes, but he was really dug in on the defensive end. He was a thorn in Toronto’s side all night and was making All-Star DeMar DeRozan very uncomfortable. Whenever he was on the floor, the Raptors seemed to go away from whoever Sterling Brown is guarding. He’s quickly established himself as pest defensively, and he refuses to back down from his opponent. What he’s shown on the defensive end in his rookie season has been very impressive, to say the least.
5. Thon Maker LOVES playing in Toronto. It’s no coincidence that his two best games this season have been in his former home of Toronto, Canada. The intriguing second-year prospect finished with 12 points in 18 minutes of play. He was able to spread the floor by knocking down 2-5 three-pointers, and he even hit a few big threes to help stabilize things when it looked like the Raptors were ready to go on a run. Although his stat line won’t jump out at you, his impact tonight was undeniable. He looked more confident catching the ball around the rim and even had a strong and-one finish tonight. Maker continues to look like a different player under interim head coach, Joe Prunty.