However, Antetokounmpo scored 15 of the Bucks' 29 transition points on an efficient 6-of-7 from the field. Then, a few minutes later, he raced down the floor and after Eric Bledsoe missed a layup on the fastbreak, somehow came up with the rebound in between two Raptors, and slammed it home with authority to seal the win.
Antetokounmpo had at least 35 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks in a game for the second time in his career. "It felt like the 3 he hit was just a monster 3, too".
Even though Milwaukee will be highly motivated for this game, I like that the Raptors have had rest and have played well thus far this season. (Kyle) Lowry is still playing wonderful. (Pascal) Siakam has stepped up a lot for this team. "(Kyle) Lowry is still playing incredible, (Pascal) Siakam has stepped up a lot for this team, (OG) Anunoby ... those guys, but yeah, just the team that cost us the trip to the NBA Finals, obviously, you're gonna come out and play a little bit harder and have a little bit extra juice in you.
"I think that's what the team did tonight and that's what when I woke up from my nap, that's what I was thinking". He played about 20 minutes a night in the previous two games but the pain in his knee returned. But it was an important win. "It doesn't matter if we made the Eastern Conference finals previous year and we won 60 games - nobody's going to give us 60 games".
In the third quarter, Toronto wouldn't go away and the Bucks' biggest concern of the season began to creep up on them again. Siakam, Toronto's leading scorer averaging 28 points, had five points on 2-for-8 shooting. The Boston Celtics have been their only legitimate test up until this point, and they lost that game 112-106. Against the Cavaliers, their lead was trimmed to five in the fourth quarter, and on Saturday night, the Raptors had it down to four.
Perhaps this will be a turning point for the Bucks surrendering big leads, but it raises concerns that the Raptors were able to cut it as close as they did.
He continued to do everything he could to keep the Raptors in the game, heading into halftime with a team-high 17 points. The problem is a "lackadaisical" approach, according to second-year wing Donte DiVincenzo.
"We've got to get better", Antetokounmpo said. We can not relax. People are coming after us. When we get those big leads and they start to make a run, we just gotta lock in.
Antetokounmpo brought it on the defensive end as well. But the overall response to that adversity was much better too. But if they aren't getting stops on the other end, it doesn't matter.
"Forty points, you give up 40", Budenholzer said. "Proud of the way our guys sustained the run, find a way to win".
McCaw was being used as the third player off the bench by the Raptors, following Serge Ibaka and Norm Powell, and the role really didn't develop against the Bucks. The Raptors generated a few open looks but couldn't knock them down when they needed them the most.