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Five takeaways from Raptors' 105-92 home loss to the Bucks

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Malcolm Brogdon, Kawhi Leonard [NBA Getty Images]

The Toronto Raptors fell to the Milwaukee Bucks 105-92 at Scotiabank Arena on Friday.

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This victory for the Bucks means they have taken the season series, 3-1, over the team directly below them in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Raptors fall to 37-16 while the Bucks advance to a league-best 37-13.

Here are your takeaways from Friday's game...

Third quarter runs

The Bucks outscored the Raptors 34-22 in the second quarter to take a nine-point lead into halftime.

Khris Middleton started the second half strong with seven straight points for Milwaukee to get things going. They stayed hot through the break going on a 22-7 run to start the third quarter to take a 24-point lead, their biggest of the game.

With 6:16 remaining in the quarter, the Raptors began to make their run - Pascal Siakam had five consecutive points followed by a pair of threes from Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell to cut into the Bucks' lead.

The Raptors ended up taking a 22-9 run of their own in the final six minutes of the quarter to make it an 11-point game going into the final frame thanks to a 12-point quarter from Siakam.

3-point shooting

Like most of the Raptors' losses this season, they struggled to connect from 3-point land. Tonight, the Bucks doubled their number of 3-pointers made, converted 14 threes to Toronto's seven.

Kawhi Leonard, Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry shot a combined 1-for-13 from beyond the arc. Leonard and Ibaka both went oh-for while Lowry knocked down one of his six attempts from deep.

The Bucks had five players convert multiple 3-pointers on the night. D.J. Wilson went 3-for-6 from three with Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, George Hill and Tony Snell all knocking down two 3-pointers.

The Raptors shot 7-for-27 (25.9 percent) from deep tonight, while the Bucks hit 14 of their 38 attempts (36.8 percent).

12 of Toronto's 16 losses this season have come in games where their opponent shoots a better percentage from 3-point land. Their record in games where they have a higher 3-point percentage? 24-3.

Who is D.J. Wilson?

D.J. Wilson was far and away the best bench player for the Bucks tonight, stepping up in a big way for Giannis Antetokounmpo who was in foul trouble for most of the game.

Wilson posted a career-high 16 points while filling up the box score with five rebounds, two steals, one assists and one blocks.

The Michigan-product has not been the most consistent player for Milwaukee this season but after being inactive for the first 22 games of the season he earned his way into some playing time. He is also part of the reason that Thon Maker, who played his high school ball at the Athlete Institute Academy in Mono, Ontario, has seen a decrease in playing time.

He's appeared in 22 games this season notching double-digit points twice and double-digit rebounds three times.

The former No. 17 overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft picked a good game to have a career night.

Kawhi's streak snapped

Going into tonight's contest, Leonard had scored 20 or more points in 22 consecutive games - a career-long streak for the Raptors' All-Star.

He was one more 20-point game shy of tying Vince Carter's franchise record for consecutive games with 20 or more points but tonight, the Bucks held Kawhi to just 16 points.

This was Kawhi's second-lowest scoring total of the season and his first time scoring under 20 points since Nov. 28. He shot 35.0 percent from the field (7-for-20 FG), his worst shooting game since the fourth week of the season when he shot 35.0 percent on Nov. 13.

It was a strangely quiet game from Leonard who was coming off of four consecutive games of scoring 30 or more.

National (US) television record

When the Raptors play on either ESPN or TNT in the United States, they are just under .500 at 4-5.

After starting the season 4-1 in these games, they have lost four straight.

Two of their four wins came against the Golden State Warriors and Toronto was without Leonard in one of those games. Their other two wins came at home against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics.

This was their first home loss on National TV - the other four came against the Celtics in Boston twice, Kawhi's return game to San Antonio and at the Houston Rockets.

This loss also snapped a 10-game home winning streak, with their last home loss coming against the Bucks on Dec. 10.

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