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Middleton scores 25, Bucks beat Raptors 82-75

TORONTO (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 25 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks snapped a six-game losing streak against the Toronto Raptors with an 82-75 victory Monday night.

Jared Dudley scored 14 points and John Henson had 12 for the Bucks, who never trailed despite playing the final 28 minutes with only eight players. They held on for their fourth consecutive win while scoring just nine points in the fourth quarter.

Reduced to nine players when guard Brandon Knight was ruled out before the game with a sore right quadriceps muscle, Milwaukee lost another body when guard O.J. Mayo was ejected after picking up a double technical at 4:07 of the second.

Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 13 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 16 and Lou Williams 12 for the Raptors, who had won six straight overall.

Toronto, which won back-to-back overtime games at Brooklyn and Washington on Friday and Saturday, was playing for the fifth time in seven days.

Kenyon Martin scored 9 seconds into the fourth quarter to give the Bucks a 75-60 lead, but they didn’t score again for more than eight minutes.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Patrick Patterson and Greivis Vasquez brought Toronto to 75-68 at 8:24 of the fourth. Tyler Hansbrough tipped in a missed shot by Williams to tie it at 75 with 3:45 left before Antetokounmpo finally snapped Milwaukee’s scoring drought by making one of two from the line at 3:26.

The Bucks missed 15 straight field goal attempts before Dudley’s 3 at 2:08 gave them a 79-75 edge.

Antetokounmpo added another free throw and, after a turnover by Kyle Lowry, Dudley sealed it with a jumper.

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TIP-INS

Bucks: Milwaukee is 17-0 when holding its opponent below 90 points. … Jorge Gutierrez started for Knight, who had started all 47 previous games this season. … Besides Knight, the Bucks are also without rookie Jabari Parker (left knee), Ersan Ilyasova (right groin), Zaza Pachulia (right calf), Damien Inglis (right ankle) and Kendall Marshall (right knee). C Larry Sanders is serving a 10-game suspension for a drug violation.

Raptors: Forward James Johnson (right hamstring) missed his third straight game. … Toronto matched a season low with 14 points in the first quarter. The Raptors also scored 14 against New Orleans on Jan. 18. … This was the first of five straight home games leading into the All-Star break. Toronto is 18-8 at home. … Valanciunas leads the Raptors with 16 double-doubles.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Host Lakers on Wednesday night.

Raptors: Host Nets on Wednesday night.

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