The Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks battled hard on Tuesday night at the Fiserv Forum, with Toronto ultimately losing 130-122.
The Bucks fed the home crowd and held on to the win despite missing superstar duo Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Jrue Holiday carried much of the offensive load, scoring 37 points on 16-for-26 shooting. Grayson Allen sank his four three-pointers and scored 25 points, while center Brook Lopez managed his 19 points.
Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with a game-high 39 points, made six shots from deep and sank 15 field goals. Gary Trent Jr. efficiently put together an impressive game with his 28 points, Pascal Siakam with his 23 points and he had nine rebounds.
A close relationship came to a head in the fourth quarter when Trent Jr. and Brook Lopez got tangled in the paint and sparked a bench clearance brawl.
Lopez apparently grabbed Trent Jr., pushed him off the floor and into the crowd, pulling and throwing the guard’s headband in the process. Entering during the standoff, the remaining players on the floor and the Raptors’ bench rushed to break up the brawl.
Raptors star Lopez was able to keep his cool and keep his distance, but throughout the altercation, Lopez was visibly shaken.
After a video review, the Bucks big man was assessed a double technical foul and ejected from the game, while Anunoby and Raptors assistant coach Jamal Magloire each received technicals for their roles in the incident. I was.
After his first career exit, Lopez was still haunted by the play and voiced his opposition to the decision to throw him out of the game.
“If the referee can’t do it right during the game, you can’t expect the referee to do it right. Why are they doing it right in the replay?” he said. “That’s right. I make mistakes. You make mistakes. They make mistakes. Tonight, they made mistakes.”
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