Those long faces that left the floor in Atlanta on Friday in Raptors uniforms didn’t make the trip to Wisconsin.

Neither did a lot of the bad habits that created those long faces.

The Raps, for the first time in 2013-14 season have a game with which they can be mostly happy about, well, as long as you don’t look at the shooting percentages too closely.

As a team the Raptors shot just under 40% for the night. Outside of Amir Johnson, who was 5-for-7, no starter was even close to 40% on the night, but none of it matters when you can win a game 97-90 on the back end of a back-to-back on the road.

“Although we are not knocking down shots, I mean myself, I can’t remember the last time I knocked down a shot personally, but as far as the team we were moving the ball around and we defended our asses off,” Rudy Gay said pinpointing the winning formula.

“We didn’t let them breathe,” Gay said. “Defence won this game and when you can’t knock down shots, that’s what you have to do. You have to do the other things.”

Gay following up a 6-for-23 night going 4-for-14, but still ended the game with 18 points and 15 rebounds, a career high for the seven-year vet.

“I’m just trying not to be one-dimensional,” Gay said. “(Friday) my shot wasn’t falling. Tonight my shot wasn’t falling. I just wanted to make an effort on defence and on the glass. Try to make myself a part of the game because Friday I didn’t feel like I was.”

It was the kind of game head coach Dwane Casey couldn’t have drawn up any better. His focus is on making this team a responsibly defensive unit and to see a team get a win because they defended with the kind of passion and desire Casey feels they must have every night is a teaching point that hits home.

“It definitely wasn’t our offence,” Casey said. “We had to do it with our defence, we had to dig in, we lost O.J. Mayo a couple of times but we knew we had to get stops and run. We had to make sure to keep the tempo up and you do it with your defence. I thought our focus was good, they still shot 44%, 35% from three but we made them earn every bit of that and that’s the way we have to play.”

The loss in Atlanta was almost unbearable for a handful of the Raptors. Gay, in particular, was ready to claw someone’s eyes out.

So it was a crusty group of Raptors that arrived in Milwaukee and they took it out on a Bucks team that was game but couldn’t match the visitors in the compete department.