Bucks battle back to beat Raptors in matchup of Eastern Conference's best teams

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TORONTO โ€” The Milwaukee Bucks took the early punch. Staggered by the suffocating defense of the Toronto Raptors and barraged by 3-pointer after 3-pointer, the Bucks found themselves in a 12-point hole late in the second quarter.

In the same building where their playoff run ended in the Eastern Conference finals last year, the Bucks again were struggling and looked to be at a loss for how to stem the tide.

But then, the answers came. First, their 3-pointers started falling, then their defense turned up a few notches. A double-digit deficit dwindled to just two at halftime. They kept rolling out of halftime, with their offense demonstrating more crispness and composure, Khris Middleton coming alive and their defense putting the clamps on the Raptors.

From what looked like a rock bottom, the Bucks sprang to life and never looked back, beating the Raptors 108-97 Tuesday night at Scotiabank Arena for their best road win of many this season, one that continued a four-game win streak out of the…

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