Lowry lifts Raptors to Game 2 win over Bucks

Lowry lifts Raptors to Game 2 win over Bucks

3-Point Goals-Milwaukee 9-23 (Brogdon 4-7, Snell 3-7, Hawes 1-1, Dellavedova 1-3, Teletovic 0-1, Middleton 0-2, Antetokounmpo 0-2), Toronto 5-23 (Joseph 1-1, Powell 1-1, Patterson 1-3, Tucker 1-4, Ibaka 1-4, Carroll 0-1, Wright 0-1, DeRozan 0-2, Lowry 0-6).

His disappointing performance brought back memories of the series-opening struggles Lowry faced past year, including 3 for 13 efforts against both IN in the first round and Miami IN the second, and a 4 for 14 effort against Cleveland IN Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Bucks took a five-point lead into the fourth quarter and stretched it to 14 after four minutes.

For the Milwaukee Bucks, Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors was a chance to get their feet wet.

He finished with the sort of stats we've come to expect, 24 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals, but it took him 24 shots to get there.

Rookie of the Year candidate Malcolm Brogdon played with the poise of a seasoned veteran in his first playoff game, tallying 16 points, two assists, and six rebounds.

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One fan showed up to Maple Leaf Square - or "Jurassic Park" - to watch Game 2 carrying a "Trade Lowry" sign, creating an uproar on social media.

Leading by 19, Milwaukee had the game well in hand.

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The Raptors are known for making life hard for themselves in the postseason, especially in the opening games of series. Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas combined for 24 of the Raptors 47 rebounds. He's going to get his share of points, but the Raps need to keep him closer to his season average of 22.9. They also only lost back-to-back games once since the National Basketball Association all-star break. They also shot far better from three-point range in Game 2 - their 14 threes was a franchise playoff record. With their 97-83 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, they remain winless in every playoff Game 1 they've played under Dwane Casey. "I thought they played with more force for longer than we did", he added. But the Bucks fired back in the third to take a 75-70 advantage into the fourth quarter. The Greg Monroe makes the free throw and scored 36 points which are equal to the points of Raptors. Lowry's jumper increased the lead to four points with 8.9 seconds to play.

Middleton's driving dunk with 1:17 to play closed out the scoring in the first quarter and gave Milwaukee a 30-22 lead.

Antetokounmpo was plucking rebounds like insane, but he was missing shots at an unusual rate early on, from jumpers, to layups, and tips. Lowry came out in front of the Toronto faithful on Tuesday night as if his Game 1 stink bomb never happened. He missed all six of his three-point shots.