’37 points’ Holliday defeats Toronto despite the absence of Antetokounmpo and the departure of Lopez
The Milwaukee Bucks (hereinafter referred to as Milwaukee) defeated the Toronto Raptors (hereinafter referred to as Toronto) thanks to the performance of Zhuru Halladay (32).
On the morning of the 18th (Korean time), Milwaukee defeated Toronto by 130-122 and 8 points in the regular league home game of the NBA 2022-23 season held at the Pi Serve Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. This made Milwaukee 29-16 and Toronto 20-25.
For Milwaukee, Georges Halladay scored 37 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals, Brook Lopez scored 19 points including 3 3-pointers, and Joe Ingles played a big role with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. For Toronto, Fred VanVleet scored 39 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, including 6 3-pointers, Gary Trent Jr. scored 28 points, 3 rebounds and 4 steals, and Pascal Siakam 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
In Milwaukee, Holliday, who had to fill the gap of Giannis Antetokounmpo from the first quarter, played an active role. Halladay generated 20 total points in the quarter with 13 points and three assists. In addition, Milwaukee finished the first quarter with a 44-34, 10-point lead, with Ingles taking the lead in the second half of the quarter.
As soon as the third quarter came, Trent Jr. put a clean reverse layup and assisted Precious Achiu with a 3-pointer. And he managed to turn around by scoring 11 points alone in 3 minutes. Milwaukee couldn’t score a point in the pursuit of Achiuwa and Trent Jr.’s defense. Therefore, Toronto fired a hot scorer to VanVleet and ended the first half with a 74-67, 7-point lead.
However, Milwaukee regained good performance starting with Grace Allen’s 3-point foul early in the third quarter 바카라. Allen fully recovered his shot feel, and Halladay broke Toronto’s defense in a two-man game against Lopez. In the end, Lopez did a pick-and-pop and then hit a 3-pointer to turn the game around. And he broke down Toronto’s perimeter defense in the same way. As a result, Milwaukee faced the fourth quarter with a 105-97, 8-point lead.
Toronto put all of its key players in the early 4th quarter to block the opponent’s attack. Then, Milwaukee tried to change the atmosphere by injecting Holliday two minutes into the quarter. However, the height of the Milwaukee front court without Lopez and Antetokounmpo seemed very low. Accordingly, Toronto pulled out Milwaukee’s timeout 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the quarter. Milwaukee hurriedly put in Lopez and Allen, but Trent Jr. chased them down to 1 point with a 3-point fast break following a steal.
Halladay scored a series of chilling runs as Toronto chased them. However, in Milwaukee, Lopez collided with Anunobi and Trent Jr. during the competition and was ejected. The match was chaotic and the two teams continued to score goals. In particular, in Toronto, Van Vleet led the chase alone with 9 points in a row, and in Milwaukee, Allen and Holliday took turns scoring.
Afterwards, Milwaukee put in all the free throws obtained through the foul operation and won a difficult victory over Toronto by 130-122, 8 points.