DeRozan stars as Raptors level series, Hawks hammer Wizards


"We got our (butts) bust", Lowry said after his Raptors' squad was blown out 104-77 by the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at the Bradley Center.

Kyle Lowry has collected 18 points.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, was held to 14 points on 6-of-19 shooting to go with nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks, but also committed seven turnovers in the defeat. Before that, he created little bits of new magic to keep the Bucks in the game, like tipping enough rebounds to himself or to teammates that I nearly wrote a story about just that. "They may not, I don't know".

After a tense start to their first-round playoff series with a spirited Milwaukee Bucks squad, P.J. Tucker knows the Toronto Raptors can play at another level.

The Milwaukee Bucks dominated Toronto. While Valanciunas missed a few easy looks around the rim, his size and energy caused problems for the Bucks - half his rebounds were offensive rebounds helping to keep plays alive for the Raptors and gain extra possessions. Pockets of Raptors fans spotted the crowd wearing jerseys or Raptors black and red plaid, breaking up the sea of Milwaukee fans waving white Fear the Deer rally towels. Whether a team can have much of an impact on their opponents' 3-point percentage is a point of contention, but they can impact how many 3-pointers the opposition takes.

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It was an ugly, tough affair, the kind of playoff game that shows mettle and the Raptors showed up just when they needed it most. "We've got to hit for 48 minutes and understand they're going to try to hit us and we've got to respond in a positive way". "I'm going to be there, I'm bumping him". In the end, he led both teams in points, rebounds and assists - on an "off night". The Greek Freak isn't backing down from the spotlight in this series, his first real chance to be on a national showcase.

Antetokounmpo began to heat up a little midway through the second, swatting a big pass out of Carroll's hands, nailing a couple of jumpers and one of his acrobatic wonder-feats.

"Tremendously personally", DeRozan said. It gave Milwaukee a seven-point lead and whipped the crowd into a frenzy. The Raptors fought back to take Game 2 106-100.

The team in green led by as many as 34 points, outscored the Raptors 32-12 in the first quarter, shot 52.7% from the field (52.2% from beyond the arc) and limited Toronto to 33.8% overall and 27.3% from downtown.

In the second half, Ibaka was getting an astonishing number of open shots, but couldn't get them to fall.

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

The pace of this game favoured Toronto.

While DeMar DeRozan answered questions about one of the Raptors' worst losses in franchise history, Toronto's all-star point guard leaned back in the chair beside him, his lips pursed, his eyes narrowed in an angry glare. The 6-foot-8 forward is the Bucks' best all-around player after Antetokounmpo with his ability to hit from the 3-point line, create in traffic and defend on the perimeter. Offensively we didn't move the basketball, we had 24 assists in Game 2. One of the top contributors for the Bucks offense was Khris Middleton, who drained 20 points in their Thursday night victory. Michael Beasley emerged after a DNP-CD in Game 2 to chip in 13 points in 20 minutes.

"It starts with us, myself as a coach as far as having them ready to play in a hostile environment", Casey said. Meanwhile, Tony Snell helped hold DeMar DeRozan to zero field goals in a game for the first time since 2015 (coincidentally, that last time also came against the Bucks).

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