DeRozan scores 31 as Raps beat Bucks, even series at 2-2

The Bucks took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. The Raps dictated the pace in a defensive slugfest that saw the Bucks turn the ball over 21 times, and shoot just 37 per cent. Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was held to 14 points on 6-of-19 shooting.

A free throw by Antetokounmpo with five-and-a-half minutes left pulled the Bucks to within five points, but the Raptors, who led the league in comeback victories this season, refused to get frazzled.

Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 13 points and the Bucks held DeMar DeRozan to just eight points (0 for 8 FG), all at the free throw line.

It also got another shooter into the game for the Raptors and Powell, who pulled a similar series-changing appearance in Game 5 against in, delivered with 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting and a huge charge he drew on a driving Maker late in the game when the Bucks still had designs on a comeback.

DeRozan added nine rebounds and five assists. The Toronto all-star led all players with 21 points by halftime, to Antetokounmpo's 12, and the game was tied 41-41.

ATLANTA - Paul Millsap had 29 points and 14 rebounds, Dennis Schroder scored 27 points and Atlanta cruised past Washington for a victory that sliced the Wizards' lead to 2-1 in the opening-round playoff series. "He's in that upper-echelon of players who carry their team and that's the only way you can get back on track, it's by responding". "Nobody should have to go out and hype you up".

"I thought, one, the fans were great here at home, giving us the support from start to finish", he said.

"They ambushed us", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.




Antetokounmpo scored 19 in Game 3 and remains one of Toronto's biggest problems. He was 12 of 22 from the field after missing all eight of his attempts in Game 3. Their biggest halftime deficit in playoff history was 31 points past year in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland. Each team made 5 three-pointers, too.

"We were just trying to send as many bodies to him as we possibly could", Casey said.

The Raptors can take some small measure of comfort in the fact they've been here before. Whoever goes in has to go in and make a difference, and we didn't.

"The time will come when we will get back out on there on the court but in the meantime try not to go insane in two days of waiting", DeRozan said. 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.

The leather-lunged crowd of 18,717 fans at BMO Harris Bradley Center - including quarterback Aaron Rodgers and several Green Bay Packers teammates - sounded louder from the opening tipoff than at any moment during Game 1 or 2 back in Toronto.

The second half wasn't much cleaner, but Toronto. The Dubs won the second half 65-46 with major contributions from JaVale McGee (14 points), Andre Iguodala (16 points) and Draymond Green (9 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 blocks).

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. "That's what we did in Game 2 and that's what we've got to get back to". Will he be able to will the Raptors onto the next round or will the Milwaukee Bucks stop the Raptors in their track?

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