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1st half Hole Sends Bucks to 9th Consecutive Road Loss

First half shooting woes proved to be too much for the Milwaukee Bucks to overcome in a 90-83 loss to the Raptors on Friday night at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. The Bucks got plenty from their starters tonight as the starters scored 73 of the teams 83 points.Bucks_Toronto

The big problem for the Bucks tonight was the significant hole they dug themselves in the first half largely caused by their ineffective offense. The Bucks scored 31 points in the first half while shooting 29%. The Bucks would head to the locker room trailing by 18 points.

The Bucks fought their way back into this one however closing the deficit to ten by the end of the third quarter. The Raptors lead would be cut down to four when the Greek Freak hit a jumper with just over five minutes remaining. The Raptors would then score the next five points to get the lead back to nine. The Bucks would again get the lead back to five but a driving lay-up by Kyle Lowry of the Raptors sealed the deal with under a half minute remaining. The Bucks recovered from the bad shooting first half to shoot 41.3% for the game but the Raptors shot 48.6% for the game. The first deficit proved to be too deep too overcome. The difference in three pointers as well as overall shooting percentage proved to basically account for the difference in this game in addition to the poor shooting in the first half from the Bucks. In addition the Raptors scored 46 of their 90 points in the paint. The Bucks hustled and fought their way back into the game but ultimately fell to 2-9 on the road this season including losing nine in a row.KMiddletonBucks

Four of the Bucks five starters scored in double figures led by Khris Middleton tallying 26. The Raptors have one of the highest scoring back-courts in the league and that again proved to be the case on Friday as Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined to score 39 points. The positive for the Bucks from this game is that despite being down big in the first half they did not roll over and quit despite being on the road in a difficult environment.

Next up for the Bucks is a Saturday night home game against Steph Curry and the undefeated defending champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors had to go to double overtime to defeat the Celtics on Friday night. Klay Thompson missed the game Friday and might miss the game against the Bucks with a sprained ankle. We will see if the Bucks are able to halt the Warriors historic run.


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