Valanciunas scores 20, Raptors beat Bucks 129-110
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 06, 2018 12:33 PM
Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas celebrates with Serge Ibaka after making a basket and being fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jonas Valanciunas scored all of his 20 points in the decisive third quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks for the second time this week, 129-110 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Toronto outscored Milwaukee 43-19 in the third quarter to win its fourth consecutive game, including a 131-127 overtime victory over the Bucks on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). The Raptors have won 10-of-12.
Valanciunas picked up two fouls in the first 86 seconds of the game and was held scoreless without taking a shot in just five minutes during the first half. He played the entire third quarter, going 8-of-9 and grabbing nine of his 13 rebounds, as the Raptors extended a two-point halftime lead to 104-78.
Toronto made 17-of-25 shots in the quarter and outrebounded the Bucks, 18-2. The Raptors outscored Milwaukee 27-9 in the final six minutes of the quarter.
Serge Ibaka scored 17 of his team-high 21 points in the first half, and DeMar DeRozan, who scored 52 points in the Raptors' win over Milwaukee on Monday, had 14 of his 20 in the third.
Valanciunas and DeRozan combined to make 14-of-16 shots and score 34 points in the third. DeRozan, Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry, who had 16 points, all rested in the fourth quarter.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points for the Bucks. Malcolm Brogdon had 19 and Eric Bledsoe added 17.
Lowry hit a 27-footer to give Toronto the lead for good at 58-57 with 1:37 left in the second quarter. The Raptors led 61-59 at halftime.
Raptors: It was Toronto's final trip to the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The team finished 17-25 in regular-season games. A new Bucks arena is set to open next season. ... Toronto had 18 second-chance points to Milwaukee's five.
Bucks: Toronto's 43 points in the third quarter were the most allowed by Milwaukee in a quarter this season.
Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said Antetokounmpo leading the NBA in All-Star Game fan voting was "well deserved. It shows all his hard work. He is a guy that everyone wants to see play, no matter whether you're in Milwaukee or on the road." Antetokounmpo had 836,416 votes in the first round of voting, just ahead of LeBron James, who had 856,080.
Raptors: At Brooklyn on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
Bucks: At Washington on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).