Holiday scores 37, Bucks beat Raptors 130-122
Milwaukee Bucks' Jrue Holiday drives past Toronto Raptors' Gary Trent Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 130-122. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Tom Kertscher, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, January 17, 2023 10:46PM EST
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 37 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors 130-122 on Tuesday night.
The Bucks, playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo for the fourth consecutive game, shot 19-for-39 (49 per cent) from 3-point range.
Fred Van Vleet led Toronto with 39 points. Gary Trent Jr. added 28 points and Pascal Siakam had 23.
Play got chippy and action was halted at 6:40 of the fourth quarter with Milwaukee leading 113-110 because of an altercation involving several players near the Bucks' basket. Milwaukee's Brook Lopez was whistled for two technical fouls and ejected. Technicals were also called on Toronto's O.G. Anunoby and Jamaal Magloire on the play. No foul shots were awarded.
Lopez scored 15 of his 19 points in the third quarter before being ejected.
The Bucks enter a three-day break having gone 2-2 without Antetokounmpo. The two-time MVP and league's fourth-leading scorer has left knee soreness.
After a tight first three quarters, Milwaukee never gave up the lead in the fourth, getting nine points from Holiday.
The Bucks led by 10 points after the first quarter and the Raptors led by seven at halftime. The Bucks seized the lead in the third period and carried an eight-point advantage into the final quarter.
Raptors: Entering Tuesday, Toronto led the league in steals per game (9.4). O.G. Anunoby led the league at (2.2) and Gary Trent Jr. was tied for fourth (1.7).
Bucks: Coach Mike Budenholzer said he expects Antetokounmpo “to be ready to go soon, but we've just got to take it day by day with him. He's doing a lot of work in the weight room, he's doing some work on the court, he's doing some of his warm-ups.” ... Khris Middleton missed his 17th straight game with right knee soreness.
Raptors: At Minnesota on Thursday.
Bucks: At Cleveland on Saturday.