NBA wrap: Balanced Raptors scoring leads to first victory over Bucks

Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard

Giannis Antetokounmpo did everything he could to keep Milwaukee in the game, but it wasn’t enough.

Milwaukee and Toronto have now met three times this season. So far, the Bucks are winning 2-1, but the Raptors had the upper hand Saturday, claiming a 123-116 victory.

Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam had stellar offensive performances, contributing 30 points apiece. Serge Ibaka was right behind them with 25.

Giannis Antetokounmpo did everything he could to keep Milwaukee in the game, but it wasn’t enough. The Greek Freak had 43 points and 18 rebounds in a losing effort.

The Bucks dropped to 27-11 but remain the top team in the East. Toronto’s 29-12 record is good for second. The final regular season matchup between these two teams will come on Jan. 31, and it should be a good one.

Studs of the Night

Stephen Curry scored 46 points and made 10 3-pointers in a close 127-123 Warriors win against the Kings in Sacramento.

James Harden extended his streak of games with at least 35 points to 10 by dropping 38 on Portland in a 110-101 loss for the Rockets.

Nikola Jokic scored 39 points and grabbed 12 boards as the Nuggets knocked off the Hornets 123-110.

Duds of the Night

Harrison Barnes scored seven points on 2-of-9 shooting in the Mavericks’ 106-100 loss to the 76ers.

Marc Gasol scored six points on 2-of-9 shooting as Memphis fell short to San Antonio 108-88.

Highlights

Miles Bridges used the open court to show off this powerful windmill dunk in Denver on the break.

De’Aaron Fox’s rush hour handles led to this crafty finish at the rim.

What’s Next?

Pacers (26-12) at Raptors (29-12) 7:30 p.m. ET — Indiana is riding a six-game winning streak, and the last team it lost to was Toronto. The Raptors just beat the first place Bucks 123-116 in Toronto, despite a 43-point double-double from Giannis Antetokounmpo. The second- and third-place teams in the Eastern Conference should have a competitive game.

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