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Antetokounmpo scores 28 points, Bucks beat Raptors 97-83

Melinda Barton | 19 April, 2017, 07:15

It's unclear at this point what is really happening, as the Raptors are nearly certainly a better team over the long haul. That should not happen with the size advantage the Raptors have. The Toronto Raptors had the lead over the Bucks into halftime, 51-46, but they could not maintain it, according to National Post.

Then it got weird and the offence all but disappeared.

The Raptors point guard scored just four points, his fewest in a playoff game since being a Rockets backup in 2009, on 2-for-11 shooting while missing all six of his 3-point attempts. However, Lowry has the worst playoff field goal percentage of any active player in the league right now.

The Bucks used a big second half to get past the Raptors on Saturday.

In the second half, Bucks coach Jason Kidd relied more on Dellavedova. We just didn't play at a level to deserve to win that game. Have to give them credit, they did a good job defensively. "That's something we've got to be conscious of".

Playing in his second career playoff series, Antetekounmpo made 13 of 18 shots, and added eight rebounds and three assists. Toronto led 55-52 at the half. Eventually, they collectively allmost stopped going to the rim and started settling for long or contested jumpers and with little to no success.

For the first three quarters it was a tight game, however in the final period Milwaukee pulled away, winning 97-83.

Not making them work to do that would seem to be a tactical concession, even if Antetokounmpo looms large heading the other way.

Harden had 22 triple-doubles and became the first player in National Basketball Association history to have 2,000 points (2,356), 900 assists (907) and 600 rebounds (659) in a single season.

Their momentum continued into the second quarter, and a running jumper from Tucker capped a 12-2 Raptors run and gave Toronto a nine-point lead.

"I wasn't doing anything toward DeRozan. I think the key is being aggressive, stretching out the pick and roll coverages to make them make a decision".

I'm going to start this conversation off by letting the viewers know I will be referring to "The Greek Freak" as Giannis, due to the fact his last name, Antetokounmpo, contains one too many syllables. "That just shows we're growing, being a young team, that they trusted one another with Giannis out".

KEEP AN EYE ON Guard Malcolm Brogdon will face Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, who struggled with his shooting in Game 1.

Wasted in the loss was a strong first playoff peformacne by Serge Ibaka in a Raptors uniform. There is only one matching game at 08:06 minute.

In the first round last season, Lowry shot 32 percent from the field and 16 percent on 3-pointers in Toronto's seven-game series victory against the Pacers.

Also gone with this loss was the built-in excuse of those poor performances being at least partly attributed to those terrible early starts.

And let's be real: Toronto is probably not the second-best team in the East. He is the 5th player of all time to complete this milestone. The Bucks beat the Raptors on March 4 to end a seven-game losing streak against Toronto.

"We definitely gained a lot of things out of these two games", he said.

Casey said the team has studied its first-quarter conundrum. We have been there before. "It's not a good feeling".

On Tuesday night, and for the rest of this series, the Bucks have the opportunity to take that next step and teach people just how fun, talented and unsafe they are.