Brandon Jennings fires 19 points as Bucks tame Raptors

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Brandon Jennings and reserve John Henson scored 19 points apiece as the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a 20-point deficit in the first quarter to continue their mastery over the Toronto Raptors, 107-96, Sunday at Air Canada Centre.

Jennings also issued 10 assists while Henson also grabbed six rebounds as the Bucks reserves outscored their Raptors counterparts, 43-7, to help Milwaukee (19-17) to an eighth straight triumph over Toronto.

Monta Ellis scored 17 points, Mike Dunleavy added 15 and Larry Sanders contributed 11 points and eight boards for the Bucks, who won three of their last four outings.

It was a sorry loss for the Raptors, who led by as many as 32-12 in the first period, only to wilt under pressure in the fourth period.

Four of Toronto’s starters scored 20 points or more, with DeMar DeRozan leading the way with 23 points and Amir Johnson adding 22.

Jose Calderon added 21 points and eight assists while Ed David added 20 but the Raptors (14-23) drew just seven points from their reserves.

Toronto’s top reserve Kyle Lowry, who is averaging 14.4 points per game this season, came up empty handed, missing all of his four shots.

Calderon scored 15 points as the Raptors took a 32-12 lead, with two minutes left in the first period.

Henson and Dunleavy came off the bench and keyed the Bucks’ 31-point attack in the second period to trim the Raptors lead to 49-47 at the break.

Jennings buried a three-pointer and two foul shots early in the third period to put the Bucks ahead, 54-51.

However, the Raptors finished the third period with a 6-0 blast to take a 78-74 lead going into the fourth period.

In the final canto, buckets by Henson and Sanders put the Bucks ahead, 90-87, but the Raptors scored four straight points to regain the lead for the last time, 91-90.

Jennings then made two foul shots to spark an 11-0 blast by the Bucks to take a commanding 101-91 advantage with 1:23 left in the game.

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