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Opening the third, a Maker block led to a fast break with Antetokounmpo switching hands with the ball in midair to evade a defender and get a better look at the bucket for a finger-roll layup. Had they played Monday, he believes he'd likely have to sit. The Raps' lead evaporated to just one point going into the fourth.
In the Game 1 of Bucks vs Raptors, the Bucks Antetokounmpo scored 28 points off of 13-18 shooting and he added eight rebounds with three assists.
The Raptors have a less than stellar reputation in the playoffs and every year the team somehow looks extraordinarily disappointing in their first game of a series. "I just knew that he wasn't going to be satisfied with the way he played in the first game". "It's not something we're unfamiliar with". Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points, Greg Monroe had 14 points with 15 rebounds off the bench while Khris Middleton chiped in with 10 points and nine assists. They capped off the year as the third place team of the conference, going 51-31 on the year. Saturday's win was the Bucks' first Game 1 victory on the road since 1983 and their first Game 1 victory since 2001.
"They had more bodies in the paint", Antetokounmpo said. The St. Mary's alumnus managed to hit the scoreboard, finishing the game with 11 points.
"That's going to be a big thing (Tuesday)", Kidd said, "just making sure that they take one tough shot, and us being able to rebound the ball". And it's a small sample size, but Toronto's starting five of Lowry, DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Ibaka and Valanciunas had a negative-25.2 net rating in 40 minutes during the regular season.
Lowry scored 12 points in the second but Milwaukee scored the final five points of the half to keep it close.
"It's big for us, but now we have to focus on Game 2", Antetokounmpo said. Lowry is heading towards that Chris Webber paradox where we acknowledge them as very good players but lament that they never showed up during the playoffs. "He covered the rim last night pretty well in the second half, he runs the floor really well and he's really good in that scheme". "I think we got their attention". After their Game 1 loss to Miami in the second round, Lowry famously stayed on the court until well after midnight to shoot, a black hoodie pulled up over his head.
"I've been in the trenches with him before and he's always bounced back", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.
Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry was held to four points and six assists on 2-of-11 shooting from the field.
To the Jazz's credit, they continued to rely on their defense and made timely shots.
"We had numerous situations where they were cracking us with screens, whether illegal or not", Casey said. He was just in his second year in league in Bucks' last playoff appearance in 2014-15.
Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. But the troublesome young Bucks just kept coming back, and Toronto went into the fourth quarter in front of a nervous Air Canada Centre crowd of 20,077 with a mere 84-83 lead.
The Raptors have put themselves into a hole, and the Bucks look risky, particularly with Giannis Antetokounmpo proving himself to be the best player on either team. "I try to make energy plays and fire everybody up".
Middleton's driving dunk with 1:17 to play closed out the scoring in the first quarter and gave Milwaukee a 30-22 lead.
The Raptors led 84-83 going into the final quarter.