Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

NBA Recaps: Raptors get even with Bucks

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.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Michael Beasley (9) defends Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the fourth quarter in game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, falling after fouling Toronto's Serge Ibaka, had a quiet second half in Game 4, with no field goals and two points.

The Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors find themselves in a heated series to open up the National Basketball Association postseason, and Milwaukee is pulling out all of the stops to get into the heads of their opponents from the Six. Lowry is now showing signs of his former-self and is struggling in the first round because through four games, he is averaging 14.3 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, 4.3 assists per game, and 1.5 steals per game on 40% shooting from the field.

Milwaukee would outscore Toronto 25-18 in the second quarter to take a 57-30 halftime lead.

Antetokounmpo scored nine more in the final quarter, and the Raptors got no closer than 23 points the rest of the way.

Jonas Valanciunas (and you thought Greg Monroe looked for calls on every play?) appeared to have a clear look at a dunk to get the Raptors on the board in Game 3, but Giannis blocked it from behind - the Raptors still trailed 3-0 and hardly scored thereafter.

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Tony Snell led Milwaukee with 19 points, including five three-pointers, both playoff career highs.

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The resurgent DeRozan was 12 of 22 from the field after missing all eight of his attempts in Game 3. Game 5 is Monday at the Air Canada Centre.

Canberra point guard Mills bounced back from a rough game two shooting night with 11 points, including sinking three of his five three-pointers.

The Raptors, who are notoriously slow starters anyway, managed just 12 points in the opening quarter, the second lowest in franchise playoff history.

"They were on us", Casey said of the Bucks boosters. "We needed more drives, more kick-outs to have their defense scrambling because they're so long". They suffered no letdown in their Game 2 loss, coming back from several double-digit deficits to give themselves a chance to win at the end.

The two teams have a practice day Sunday and then are right back at it on Monday night in Toronto for a 7 p.m. tip. They looked completely out of sorts, unable to make a shot or a pass - DeRozan uncharacteristically fired a pass to nobody that was caught by a fan.

The second half wasn't much cleaner, but Toronto.

"I was just going quick, being aggressive, not waiting on the doubles", DeRozan said.

Yet, after Ibaka earned a technical foul with 2:03 left in the first period, with his team trailing by 31 points, it was apparent the Raptors were the ones in dire need of some leadership.

The Milwaukee Bucks defended home court with gusto on Thursday. We're going to have to play like we're on the road, our backs (are) against the wall, it's a Game 7.

Lowry and Delon Wright finished with 13 points apiece for Toronto.

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