Antetokounmpo scores 28 points, Bucks beat Raptors 97-83

Antetokounmpo scores 28 points, Bucks beat Raptors 97-83

NEED TO KNOW The Jazz gained home-court advantage by winning their first playoff game since 2010 on a floater at the buzzer by Joe Johnson (Little Rock Central/Arkansas Razorbacks). The Raptors fell to 1-11 in playoff series openers and 0-9 in Game 1 of a first round series. "But I've been there before, this is not the first time I've sprained an ankle. things can be changed". Thomas got off a shot on four of those, which resulted in four points. The Jazz will certainly make this a tough series for them, but it is hard to imagine them succeeding without Gobert.

Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points for the Bucks, Greg Monroe had 14 points and 15 rebounds, Tony Snell and Matthew Dellavedova added 11 points each, and Khris Middleton chipped in with 10 points and nine assists. Then as DeRozan fell away to the right of the basket, the Milwaukee Buck known as the "Greek Freak" celebrated to the left.

"It's on us", Casey said. Maker "always had that kind of energy, but he was able to focus in and be kind of a real positive factor in the game".

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 27 points, and Serge Ibaka had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

For coach Dwane Casey it's not quite as cut and dried as preferring one over the other. "This is a historical season for stats for a lot of players, as we know".

When Toronto's go-to guys did score, often shots were contested, on occasion some communication breakdown on the perimeter leading to easy lay-ins. "We didn't do a good job of getting back in transition".

However, Kyle Lowry couldn't find the momentum he needed, finishing with a measly four points, six assists, and two rebounds.

"We'll figure it out", Casey said. "I thought they outplayed us". But when they take the second game, they have a 28-31 record.

DeMarre Carroll scored seven points in a 13-0 Toronto run that gave the Raptors a 73-60 lead midway through the third but the Bucks answered with a 15-4 run over the next three minutes.

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 Bucks were a 6-seed with some hype of their own, but even those who pegged them as upset candidates couldn't have foreseen the dominant second-half performance Milwaukee unleashed on the Raptors.

"A guy who leads the team in every category, who can finish in the top 20 in every category, it's just unheard of", Kidd said.

One of Dellavedova's main targets was Toronto's star guard, DeMar DeRozan, but he refused to speak his mind for fear of being slugged with a fine from the National Basketball Association.

"He just has a way of getting you fired up", Watt said. "But overall, it just wasn't Kyle, it was everybody, all of us". Toronto led 28-25 to end the quarter.

A day after DeRozan compared the Raptors' notoriously slow starts to an old Buick Regal, Toronto played with greater intensity from the tipoff, sprinting out to an early five-point lead. Not only did Milwaukee pull off the 97-83 win, they did so by absolutely smothering Toronto in the second half. The Bucks won't be lacking in confidence today and that should allow them to keep this game competitive with the Raptors. The Raptors have lost the opening game in eight consecutive playoff series.

Raptors: After playing 418 games over seven seasons, Tucker made his playoff debut.

It's notable that last season, almost half of Lowry's jumpers were assisted, only for that to drop to 27 percent assisted during the 16 playoff games he played.

The Bucks did not win this game with an uncharacteristically large scoring output from a reserve player, or by hitting shots they normally do not make.

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