Milwaukee wasn’t able to make up ground late to avoid embarking on a new historic mark for losses in a season. The Raptors went on to give Milwaukee their 63rd loss of the season by the final score of 102-98.
Even though they were down 28-22 at the end of the first quarter, the Bucks put together a stifling second to give them a 56-47 heading into halftime over the Toronto Raptors. Milwaukee’s bench managed to help cut Toronto’s lead, with 12 big points from John Henson.
“Our bench came in and really gave us some solid minutes.” Coach Larry Drew said after the game. “John had to play a lot of minutes tonight; I though he did a good job, too. That was a tough matchup for him, but I thought he did a good job.” The tough matchup Drew was referring to for Henson came from Jonas Valancinuas – who finished the game with 17 points, and 13 boards.
Henson helped contribute to the 38 points inside the paint Milwaukee registered in that first half (the Bucks totaled 64 when the game was over). He finished the night with 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
“I got in a rhythm, and whew I haven’t played like that in a long time. “ Henson said afterwards. The second-year forward also dished out a career-high six assists in the loss but mentioned how he was able to see the floor better thanks to teammate Zaza Pachulia.
“Learning from him really from a far and watching what he looks for and what he sees, it really helps out my game as well.” Henson said. Pachulia only managed to play nine minutes in the game due to early foul trouble.
The sophomore season for Henson hasn’t been the smoothest. The team has regressed from his rookie season, and just a few weeks ago, he admitted he was going through a bit of a sophomore slump.
“We want to win, but I think if we can play this competitive as a team every night, I think there are some better days to come. Hopefully we can look back on this and say this was kind of the turning point of what we did in this organization. That’s all you can hope for.”