Bucks Overwhelm Raptors 104-77, Take 2-1 Series Lead

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They can not relax, however.

Dellavedova's hard-nosed defence has anxious the Raptors all series and in the second quarter of game three Lowry lost his cool with the Bucks' star and threw an elbow towards the Aussies' head. They also played much better defense, harassing the Spurs into missing 11 of their first 17 in the quarter. Through the first three games of the team's first-round series against the Celtics, Zipser has been Chicago's best player off the bench. "They ambushed us, and there's no aspect of our game that we executed whatsoever". When Powell drilled a three-pointer with four minutes left, it gave Toronto a 10-point lead and prompted a "Let's go Raptors!" cheer from one section of the arena.

The Raptors shot 41 per cent on the night, while holding the Bucks to 37 per cent.

The rest of the team has been spectacular as well. No one else even reached 20 points.

Can the Milwaukee Bucks even out the series? "If they get out of character, it's not a very good movie", Kidd said after Friday's practice.

After taking the first punch, the Raptors responded in the best way they could with a 106-100 win on Tuesday night. He recently became the fifth player in National Basketball Association history to lead his team in points (22.9 per game), rebounds (8.7), assists (5.4), steals (1.6) and blocks (1.9), while becoming the very first in history to ever rank in the top 20 in each category for a season.

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Game 3 was shaping up to be the biggest game in more than a decade.

Milwaukee has the length to sit on DeRozan's pull-ups and fadeaways, the shading all over the floor to eat into his driving lanes, and the help to meet him at the basket in case of emergency.

Milwaukee shot 37 percent overall in Game 4, but 31 percent (13 of 42) in the second half. That's what the atmosphere was like all game long in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. He challenged the Raptors at the rim and helped to set the Bucks early aggressive tone.

Few would have bet on this youthful Bucks squad - seeded No. 6 in the East - to advance past the No. 3-seeded Toronto Raptors. I think he continues to shine and lead the Bucks to another win today. Monroe fouled out with 8:07 left. He picked up a basketball for the first time in 2007, was in the Greek A2 League by 2012 and drafted by the Bucks 15th over all in 2013. Kidd's also looked to neutralize the Raptors' stars, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, by inserting effective defenders like Malcolm Brogdon and Tony Snell on the duo shortly after they make their way on the floor, respectively.

After two tight losses in Washington exposed some bad blood between the teams, Atlanta returned home and built a 25-point lead by late in the first quarter.

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What about the Raptors? Another Bucks point guard, the six-two Jason Terry, who is an eighteen-year N.B.A. veteran, put it similarly, when I visited the team's locker room in February: "Someone like him is God-given, heaven-sent".

The Bucks have more athletic studs to make their future brighter, though.

Game 4 is Saturday night. We tried to beat them with the dribble. It's just bewildering how a veteran team in its fourth consecutive season in the playoffs looks this unprepared for the moment.

After not playing in Golden State's postseason opener against Portland, McCaw was called up to the starting lineup for Game 2 when Durant had to sit out with a calf injury. He had success in the post in Game 2.

But no one could have envisioned this utter beatdown, the likes of which the Raptors haven't seen since last year's East final in games played in Cleveland.

Casey expanded his normal rotation of eight or nine players to 11 as he searched to find something that would work, but it was all to no avail.

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