Sport Bucks overwhelm Raptors 104-77, take 2-1 series lead

07:00  21 april  2017
07:00  21 april  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Whew! Raptors blow 25-point lead, but beat Bucks 92-89

  Whew! Raptors blow 25-point lead, but beat Bucks 92-89 DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and the Toronto Raptors squandered a 25-point lead late in the third quarter before holding on for a 92-89 victory Thursday night.MILWAUKEE — DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and the Toronto Raptors squandered a 25-point lead late in the third quarter before holding on for a 92-89 victory Thursday night over the Milwaukee Bucks to take their first-round playoff series in six games.

MILWAUKEE >> Khris Middleton scored 20 points and the Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors for a 104 - 77 win on Thursday night to take a 2 - 1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series .

Khris Middleton had 20 points to lead six double-figure scorers, and the Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors for a 104 - 77 win on Thursday night to take a 2 - 1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series .

Toronto Raptors' DeMarre Carroll and Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo go after a loose ball during the second half of game 3 of their NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Milwaukee. © AP Photo/Morry Gash Toronto Raptors' DeMarre Carroll and Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo go after a loose ball during the second half of game 3 of their NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE (AP)-- Khris Middleton scored 20 points and the Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors for a 104-77 win on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

Greg Monroe added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bucks, who held DeMar DeRozan without a basket and never looked back after leading by 20 points after the first quarter.

WATCH: DeMar DeRozan bury Bucks with sick drive and dunk

  WATCH: DeMar DeRozan bury Bucks with sick drive and dunk The Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks and have advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs after a huge win on the road in Game 6. The Raptors had a double-digit lead throughout most of the game, but the Bucks used a late surge to cut the lead to two points. And with under a minute remaining and the game on the line, clinging to a three-point lead, the Raptors turned to their superstar and leader to get the job done and seal the deal. Sure enough, he did.DeMar DeRozan used his quickness to put together a great drive to the hoop, and he finished it up with a bang (by dunking the ball home).

The Milwaukee Bucks fed off the energy that pulsed through the stands, overwhelming the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors from the opening tip. Khris Middleton scored 20 points in a 104 - 77 win on Thursday night that gave the Bucks a 2 - 1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series .

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Bradley Center was throbbing, filled with raucous basketball fans eager to watch one of the NBA’s up-and-coming teams. The Milwaukee Bucks fed off the energy that pulsed through the stands, overwhelming the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors from the opening tip.

Making this blowout even more impressive was that they barely needed All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo. He finished with 19 points and eight boards.

Game 4 is Saturday back at the Bradley Center.

With raucous fans wearing black Bucks giveaway T-shirts to match the players' uniforms, Milwaukee put on a dominating display of basketball worthy of the team's ''Fear the Deer'' slogan.

The Raptors looked frazzled after shooting 4 of 18 in the first quarter. Kyle Lowry had 13 points.

DeRozan scored eight but was 0 of 8 from the field. The Raptors and their playoff-tested backcourt looked nothing like the crew that held off the Bucks in Game 2 in Toronto.

This night belonged to Milwaukee.

The Bucks moved the ball well, hit open shots and had a double-digit edge on points in the paint for much of the night.

The Bucks trolled the Raptors with the 'Barney' theme song, then crushed their souls

  The Bucks trolled the Raptors with the 'Barney' theme song, then crushed their souls As one does.

MILWAUKEE — Khris Middleton scored 20 points and the Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors for a 104 - 77 win on Thursday night to take a 2 - 1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series .

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Bradley Center was throbbing, filled with raucous basketball fans eager to watch one of the NBA's up-and-coming teams.

On the other end, the Bucks' length bothered the Raptors. Toronto also started poorly from the 3-point line, missing its first six shots from behind the arc.

With about 6 minutes left in the second quarter, the Raptors had called their fourth timeout while trailing by 31. They had only six field goals at the time.

If the Bucks take this series, Game 3 might be seen as a a href(equals)'https://www.apnews.com/913763f44a9b404db366330095879716/Playoff-berth-gives-rest-of-NBA-glimpse-into-Bucks'-future'turning point in the development of an up-and-coming franchise/a in a town starving for basketball success. Milwaukee hasn't won a playoff series since going to the conference finals in 2001.

Few fans, if any, left the sold-out Bradley Center by the end of the night, cheering loudly for every last Antetokounmpo dunk and block.

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Raptors: Toronto trailed 57-30 at the half, tying the team's regular-season low for scoring in a half. The Raptors scored 30 in the second half of a loss at Charlotte on Jan. 20, 2017. ... Frustration was evident early in the game. Serge Ibaka was whistled for a technical foul with 2:03 left in the first half and Toronto trailing by 31 points after slamming the ball hard on the floor following a defensive goaltending call.

Toronto Must Find An Answer To Milwaukee's Suffocating Defense

  Toronto Must Find An Answer To Milwaukee's Suffocating Defense In an NBA tradition that is maybe only matched by the TNT Bulls, the Toronto Raptors lost Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday. The Raptors' offensive problems begin -- as usual -- with their backcourt. As our Ben Golliver notes, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are two of the worst shooters in postseason history. Lowry shot 2-for-11 on Saturday, and DeRozan wasn't much better, connecting on only seven of his 21 field goal attempts. Lowry has shot under 33% in back-to-back first-round series, and he seems well on his way to repeating that type of performance against Milwaukee. In their careers, Lowry and DeRozan are shooting 37.9% and 39.

Khris Middleton had 20 points to lead six double-figure scorers, and the Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors for a 104 - 77 win on Thursday night to take a 2 - 1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series .

The Milwaukee Bucks fed off the energy that pulsed through the stands, overwhelming the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors from the opening tip. Khris Middleton scored 20 points in a 104 - 77 win on Thursday night that gave the Bucks a 2 - 1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series .

Bucks: Middleton finished 8 of 15 after hitting his first five shots to get the offense going. 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. ... Monroe fouled out with 8:07 left.

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<p>kyle Lowry scored 22 points, including the clinching basket with less than 10 seconds to play, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 106-100 on Tuesday night, evening their first-round playoff series at 1-1.</p>BOX SCORE:  RAPTORS 106, BUCKS 100  

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