Bucks blow out Raptors for 2-1 series lead

Ross Houston
May 6, 2017

April 22, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell (24) tips the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second quarter in game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Toronto Raptors finally covered in the last game, winning the game 4 in Milwaukee.

The Bucks committed 21 turnovers Saturday.

"I have always said we are at our best in a precarious situation", said Raptors coach Dwane Casey.

Game 5 tips off Monday night at the Air Canada Centre at 7 p.m. But down 2-1 to the Bucks with another game in Milwaukee, can Toronto climb out of this one?

His three with 3:14 left got the Bucks within seven.

For the third straight game, you could write a whole story about Bucks Players Who Played Well Not Named Giannis.

"Our tempo was extremely slow", Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.

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Casey hinted there could be changes to his rotation.

In a make-or-miss league, Antetokounmpo chalked up Saturday's struggles as one of those days when shots aren't falling.

Game 3 will go down as the massacre in Milwaukee. The 6-foot-4 Powell offered more quickness to counter the athletic Bucks. In the playoffs, DeRozan also tops the team in scoring with 22.8 points while adding 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per matchup. "So we just have to go prepared, fight, be physical and compete the whole game", Khris Middleton said.

After missing all eight shots of his shots from the field and managing only eight points in a 104-77 game-three loss, DeRozan hit 12-of-22 from the floor and 9-of-9 from the free throw line.

Bouncing back from adversity isn't new for Toronto.

"We were just trying to send as many bodies to him as we possibly could", Casey said. "But I'm alive now and ready to get back to practice and get better and learn from the challenges we have come across in this series and try to come out in Game 4 and get a win".

He came out aggressive with strong drives to the bucket, going 8 of 14 for 21 points in the first half alone. Through three games, they have outscored the Raptors by 35 points, and if anything, it has felt like even more.

The early huge deficit and the Raptors' shooting woes had the expected effect on ball movement too as the Raptors finished the night with just nine assists on 18 made field goals.

"Our tempo.in that second half came to a halt", Kidd said.

To antagonize the Raptors, a blow-up Bucks mascot ate an inflatable Raptor during a timeout.

Milwaukee turned the ball over 20 times with Antetokounmpo accounting for seven.

The first half ended in a 41-41 tie.

The Bucks shot a sizzling 67 per cent in the first quarter and when Michael Beasley drained a three with 37 seconds left, it gave Milwaukee a 20-point lead.

"Just our overall physicality was much better in certain situations where we need it to be".

The frustration became obvious for Toronto late in the half.

The Raptors dropped a shocking 97-83 loss to the Bucks in the series opener, but replied with a 106-100 victory in Game 2.

In his first playoff game, Norman Powell put 12 points on the board for the Raptors. And like their coach, who had this reputation as a player, they seem to enjoy both getting hit and doling out the punishment.

The other Washington starters combined to score 30 points on 14-of-45 shooting.

John Wall scored 29 points for the Wizards, but the point guard got no help from his teammates.

Game 4 is Monday night in Atlanta.

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