THE CANADIAN PRESS / Nathan Denette
What a beat down by the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors eviscerated the Milwaukee Bucks 124-83 to finish their home stand at 6-1. They’re now 10-2 to start the season. The Bucks came into Canada with a record of 7-5 and a three game winning streak. Full credit to the Raptors for making the Bucks look like the dysfunctional mess from last season. This was the teams best all-around performance.
The passing was magnificent, the team shot over 50% and made 15 out of 25 threes. Everybody was clicking, and everybody who played scored. This was the first time the Raptors led by 50 in a game in their franchise history. Lou Williams led the team with 22 points and two ridiculous buzzer beating three-pointers. Kyle Lowry also chipped in with 20. If the Raptors keep swinging the ball like they have the past two games, their offence can beat any team. The Bucks came into the game as the fourth best defence in the league but looked overmatched from the word go.
The Bucks were held to under 60 points after three quarters, shot under 40% in the game and just looked lost. Great team defence by the Raptors.
Aces all around! Jonas Valanciunas was an absolute beast on the boards, recording a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Raptors outrebounded the Bucks 57-30, including 15-8 on the offensive boards.
Player of the Game: Bruno Caboclo
If we’re being serious it should be Valanciunas for his dominating performance against shot blocking extraordinaire Larry Sanders. But screw it, it was Bruno Caboclo time at the ACC! The Brazilian teenaged wunderkind had eight points on two three pointers and a beautiful alley-oop! The kid’s not going to play much this season, but his appearance has to be the highlight of this Raptors season so far.