Bucks, Antetokounmpo hold off Raptors 115-108

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists, and Donte DiVincenzo sparked a five-point sequence in the fourth quarter that helped the Milwaukee Bucks pull away for a 115-108 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

The Bucks (11-6) were leading by just three points after a dunk by DiVincenzo, who followed with a steal and then drew a flagrant foul on Kyle Lowry while driving to score again.

DiVincenzo paid the price for his big play.

"That’s significant contact to Donte’s head," said Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer, who thought a Flagrant 2 should have been called. "He was able to play through it, but we’ll see how serious it is."

Nobody appreciated DiVincenzo’s play more than Antetokounmpo.

"It was huge," he said. "He had the dunk, he had the steal and they hit him in the face. But he was playing the right way. He really helped us tonight."

After DiVincenzo made the two free throws, the Bucks took the ball out of bounds and Bryn Forbes nailed a 3-pointer to put the Bucks up 92-84 with 9:54 left.

That helped the Bucks hold off the Raptors (7-11) down the stretch despite a 14-point scoring burst by Lowry and a two-minute stretch in which Antetokounmpo sat out after getting hit in the face.

Norman Powell led the Raptors with 26 points, the fourth straight 20-plus game for Powell in his seventh start of the season.

"It looks like he’s found a groove," Toronto coach Nick Nurse said, "and it’s translating to both ends of the floor."

Fred VanVleet, the Raptors’ leading scorer, had 10 points and 10 assists after a scoreless first half.

Khris Middleton, who finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, closed the first half with a 3-pointer to put the Bucks up 63-54, the largest lead for either team until 3-pointers by D.J. Augustin and Bobby Portis stretched Milwaukee’s lead to 11 midway through the third quarter.

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Toronto scored the final nine points of the third and took an 84-83 lead on Yuta Watanabe’s lane runner early in the fourth.

The Bucks came in as the NBA’s No. 1 shooting team at 49%, and made 10 of their first 14 shots before Antetokounmpo went to the bench with 4:33 left in the first quarter. They shot 43% for the game.

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