The Raptors had brief stretches of better defence in the third, but it still wasn't almost enough and they went into the fourth quarter trailing 78-48. He walked two and struck out five, but needed Thames' NL-leading eighth home run and seventh in the last eight games for his first win in four starts. It would take a combination of patience and decisiveness. The bench had also contributed their performance as well for their team.
It was clear early on that the Raptors had placed an emphasis on this. It didn't work, and Ibaka's continued baiting earned him a technical foul that swung the game's momentum even further in the Bucks' direction.
For the Grizzlies, the passion to win remains in their veins and that they should find a way to win Game 3.
"We turned it over twice to start the minute like we were out on a picnic some place", Popovich said. Serge Ibaka was the only other Raptor in double figures with 19 points on 8-14 shooting while fellow All-Star Kyle Lowry fell back into his playoff hole with just four points on an abysmal 2-11 shooting.
Combined, the Lowry-DeRozan combo was minus-35 with key reserves Patrick Patterson and Cory Joseph posting a minus-40. It was the defensive effort that is what stood out however. "Trying to put them in rotation". They've shot 48.1 percent from the field and kept their turnovers under control, but their defense had some bad moments. "We did a great job of doing that tonight". "Just an aggressive curl led to a score".
Toronto came out flat in the opening quarter. Guess they really are done getting rooked. The core of this Toronto team has been here multiple times over the past few years. On offense, his value is that he moves the ball, sets good screens and spaces the floor. Also notable: the Raptors had 24 assists on their 37 field goals. They finished 16 of 28 (57.1 percent).
It doesn't say much when an opponent builds a lead that exceeds a team's total, one of many damning indictments.
Antetokounmpo scored nine more in the final quarter, and the Raptors got no closer than 23 points the rest of the way.
If you didn't fear the deer before, you probably do after Thursday's smack-down in Milwaukee.
Here are six quick takeaways from Toronto's much-needed Game 2 win. The second one went down to the final seconds, with the Raptors losing a lot of their rhythm in the final frame.
While the Bucks don't have veterans such as Ibaka and Cory Joseph, who've both been in the National Basketball Association final, and Lowry and DeRozan, who got to the Eastern Conference final a year ago, it's not like they've been cowering or unable to make the right, instinctive play at the right time.
He has options in Dellavedova and Terry, so he might utilize them more in the following games.