Bucks declaw Raptors; take 2-1 series lead

Owen Stevens
April 25, 2017

Now Milwaukee heads to Toronto for Game 5, before a potential do-or-die Game 6 matchup back at the Bradley Center next Thursday.

The second quarter started the same as the first with the Bucks scoring inside and out. The Bucks bench has thoroughly outplayed the Raptors bench, and they will need this same production in Game 4. Game 2 went the Raptors way on April 19th, while the Bucks won the first match-up in front of their own crowd on April 21st that gave the team the 2-1 lead.

Valanciunas scored 12 points and Monroe had 14. Does this DeRozan show up, or the score-only guard who went 0-for-8 in Game 3?

Westbrook also had 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

Lowry, who had been 2-of-7 in the first half, was getting free - driving, dishing passes, hitting three-point shots and drawing fouls.

Consecutive baskets from Lowry and Valanciunas with 2:13 to play put Toronto up by 11 points and it was all but game over to the delight of the Raptors fans in attendance, including one carrying a sign that read: "The Buck Stops Here".

Stephen Curry led the way with 34 points and fellow Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson had 24 while CJ McCollum (32) and Damian Lillard (31) top-scored for the outgunned Trailblazers.

Millsap also had 14 rebounds, while rookie Taurean Prince chipped in with 16 points.

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Toronto reclaimed home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series.

Milwaukee hasn't led a series 2-1 since taking two of the first three games from Charlotte in the 2001 Eastern Conference semifinals.

Two days after he went without a field goal in Game 3, DeRozan scored 33 points to lift the Raptors to an 87-76 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

Powell finished with 12 points. While Kidd has playoff-tested veterans on his bench in Jason Terry and Michael Beasley, as well as Matthew Dellavedova, who won a title a year ago with Cleveland, he has let his young players, especially rookies Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon, grow on the floor during this series.

"Delon Wright has been the only consistent thing throughout the series other than maybe Serge Ibaka", Bennett added.

The morning after the Raptors were shocked and humiliated 104-77 in Game 3, DeRozan vowed that Saturday's game would be different. Valanciunas contributes with 10.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest. This is the constant problem with the Raptors: they are just as likely to find themselves as they are to fall apart. Kyle Lowry struggled mightily in Game 1, but he bounced back in Game 2. That's what the atmosphere was like all game long in the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Mike Conley set a franchise postseason record with 35 points, and Gasol finished with 16 points after shooting 5 of 12 for the game. It's a coin flip in every game vs. not-great competition, no matter how great they've made the Bucks look. He followed that with a corner 3-pointer to make it a 79-69 game with four minutes left, giving Toronto its biggest lead of the night. A 3-pointer from Lowry gave Toronto a nine-point edge.

Teams are pretty equal when it comes to the statistical parameters but low scoring trend is obvious.

The Bucks captured the series opener 97-83. "We were back on our heels and we never got back into the game".

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