In the battle for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors reclaimed the top spot topping them on the road 123-116.

This saw them led by a balanced offensive effort with their entire starting lineup notching double-digit scoring in the contest.

All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard led the charge with him being tied with 30 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor along with hitting 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. Leonard hit a pair of 3-pointers from the top of the arc along with nailing all three of his attempts from the mid-range from the right baseline.

Leonard has been their leading offensive factor this season that has seen him continue to pour in strong performances on a nightly basis. He had picked it up on another notch over the last five games averaging 28.8 points on 51.1 percent from the floor. This includes him notching more than 20 points in each contest while posting 30-or-more points twice.

Forward Pascal Siakam continued his breakout campaign by recording a career-best 30 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor while hitting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. He poured in the best bet performances of the contest with his efficient shooting from the floor.

Siakam was effective from the floor nailing 7-of-9 from the paint while a pair of his 3-pointers came from the top of the arc. He has picked it up over the last several games as he has posted three performances with 20-or-more points. His uptick in production is something that can continue to be a highly reliable source of production with the bulk of that coming in the paint and beyond the arc.

Forward Serge Ibaka also poured in a strong outing with 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the floor along with hitting 1-of-3 from distance. Ibaka was highly productive in the paint going 6-of-7 from that zone of the floor while his lone 3-pointer came from the right wing.

Ibaka has been a stable source of production and will continue to be some moving forward with the bulk of that coming in the paint.

It was a disappointing outcome for the Bucks, but it did see All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo pour in a stellar performance with a game-high 43 points hitting an effective 16-of-25 shooting from the floor and 3-of-5 from distance.

Antetokounmpo isn’t typically a strong source of production from beyond the arc, but he provided a solid outing with all three makes coming from the top of the arc while he went 13-of-19 from the paint.

This is an area of the floor that he has continued to make a living in on a nightly basis due to his athleticism and unique skill set. His production can be counted on every single time the Bucks take the floor. He is one of the most dependable scorers that Hoopit users can depend on a nightly basis.

This was simply another example of that type of highly dependable scoring that can be relied upon on as he’s one of the league’s best offensive talents.



Written by: Matt Rotondo

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