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

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

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

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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 .

The Bucks , who are making their first post-season appearance in two years, take a 2 - 1 lead in the best-of-seven opening round series into Saturday's Game 4 in Milwaukee. Top Sports News. Massacre in Milwaukee: Milwaukee Bucks rout Raptors 104 - 77 to take Game 3.

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.

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.

Kris Middleton scored 20 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 19 points to power the Bucks to a 104 - 77 rout of Toronto on Thursday that saw the Raptors dig themselves a first-half hole the size of Wisconsin. NBA @NBA 14m The @ Bucks get Game 3, take 2 - 1 series lead .

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

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.

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.

There Game Two showdown in Toronto is one of the trio of NBA playoffs games on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) that feature lower seeds that are trying to take 2 -0 series leads . Bucks at Raptors , Milwaukee leads 1 -0.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 97-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors in the opener of their best-of-seven first -round playoff series on Saturday. NBA roundup: Rockets rally, take 2 -0 series lead .

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.

Harden has 37 points, Rockets rout Thunder, Westbrook 118-87

  Harden has 37 points, Rockets rout Thunder, Westbrook 118-87 <p>James Harden scored 37 points to outshine Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets pulled away in the third quarter and coasted to a 118-87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.</p>BOX SCORE:  ROCKETS 118, THUNDER 87

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TORONTO -- 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 . Middleton’s season-high 24 points lead Bucks past Raptors .

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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