Raptors beat Bucks 87-76 in slugfest, tie series at 2-2

Raptors beat Bucks 87-76 in slugfest, tie series at 2-2

Carter-Williams, once the NBA's Rookie of the Year with the Philadelphia 76ers, was a major disappointment after being acquired by the Bucks, while Snell never found his niche in his three seasons with the Bulls. The Bucks bench has thoroughly outplayed the Raptors bench, and they will need this same production in Game 4.

The Milwaukee Bucks fed off the energy that pulsed through the stands, overwhelming the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors from the opening tip. The Raptors shot 22 percent and were almost outscored single-handedly by Antetokounmpo, who had 10 in the opening quarter including a pair of 3-pointers as the Bucks jumped out to a 32-12 lead.

"It was just them playing physical", Bucks forward Michael Beasley said. "This is an up and down league and one day you're the statue and the next day you're the pigeon".

Playing in front of a deafening Milwaukee crowd that made the Air Canada Centre feel like a library, the Raptors looked completely unhinged from the opening tipoff against a young Bucks team that featured two rookies in Thon Maker, who was playing high school basketball at this time previous year in Ontario, and Malcolm Brogdon.

Antetokounmpo scored nine more in the final quarter, and the Raptors got no closer than 23 points the rest of the way. In the playoffs, DeRozan also tops the team in scoring with 22.8 points while adding 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per matchup.

DeRozan had the worst game of his postseason career in Game 3.

Beal, in particular, had a miserable night after averaging 26.5 points in the first two games.

ABOUT THE BUCKS: Shooting guard Khris Middleton scored 20 points in consecutive games as he provides complementary scoring help for All-Star small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

April 22, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell (24) tips the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second quarter in game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center.

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But I have nothing to reproach my players". "I can not be happy", Zidane told reporters after his first loss in three Clasicos . It was the happy ending we all wanted and I'm delighted with the performance, with how they battled until the last second.

Milwaukee jumped out to a 32-12 lead after the first quarter on Thursday and never had a letdown from there. While Greg Monroe finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds. He didn't have a particularly good shooting night, finishing 2-7, but he dished out a game-high nine assists and pulled down seven rebounds. "It's still a challenge but we figure it out". "But give them all the credit in the world, they made an adjustment". Casey promised to make changes following the Game 3 blowout. "There was no aspect of our game that we executed whatsoever".

"It won't happen twice", DeRozan said of going scoreless from the floor.

"Just being patient and being mature with the process and trying to keep him (Lowry) calm".

"We were aggressive on both ends", DeRozan said. "We've got to fix that going into Game 5". What I've tried to do is use my length. Sometimes it gets to me.

"If you're a competitor you can't wait to get back out there and redeem yourself", he said.

"Experience goes a long way", DeRozan added. There was no lack of attention from the players, said coach Dwane Casey.

In the middle of the third quarter on Saturday afternoon, with the future of this group of players as a unit in jeopardy, Kyle Lowry finally broke out of his Buck-induced haze, and joined DeMar DeRozan (who had single handily carried the offense in the first half) in putting the Raptors in the driver's seat for the eventual victory.

"Everybody is going to complain about somebody who plays hard, which is unfortunate because as a player, a coach and as a team-mate that's what you want", Kidd, in his rave review of Dellavedova, told reporters. "Tony's has done a great job of slowing down DeMar".