Milwaukee Bucks: 3 takeaways from 115-108 victory over Toronto Raptors

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JANUARY 27 (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donte DiVincenzo, Toronto Raptors: Terence Davis, Kyle Lowry
Jan 27, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports /

Milwaukee Bucks: Takeaway No. 1 from victory over Toronto Raptors – Bucks survive a 3-point onslaught

The Bucks and their subpar 3-point defense is a story as old as time, and it is not a coincidence that teams tend to get hot when shooting behind the arc when they play Milwaukee. That made this upcoming contest against the Raptors worrisome, as they were heaving the second-most triples per game heading into this matchup.

Unsurprisingly, the Raptors were unconscious from behind the arc by hitting 22-of-55 from the perimeter as a team. Norman Powell and Kyle Lowry, two players with an unfortunate history of torching the Bucks, shouldered half of the workload by themselves as they combined to sink combined 11 triples in the game. Typically, an opponent hitting 22 shots from long distance against the Bucks results in a defeat without question.

However, they were obviously able to pull this one out, and a significant reason for that was their own ability to knock down 3-pointers, hitting 16-of-44. Khris Middleton was fantastic from downtown, going 5-for-8 on the night. Meanwhile, Bryn Forbes and D.J. Augustin stepped up off the bench with a combined six triples of their own, which proved crucial in Milwaukee’s slim seven-point win.

Despite giving up 22 3-pointers to the Toronto Raptors, this was a good win for Milwaukee to improve to 11-6 on the season. With the Boston Celtics losing on Wednesday, the Bucks now slide up to the second seed in the Eastern Conference standings, currently sitting just one game back of the Philadelphia 76ers.

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The Bucks will continue their trip down South by taking on the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night at the Smoothie King Center.