Bucks beat Raptors

Milwaukee Bucks’ Greg Monroe drives previous Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas through the second half of recreation Three of their NBA first-round playoff series basketball recreation Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Milwaukee. AP PHOTO

MILWAUKEE— Khris Middleton scored 20 factors and the Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors for a 104-77 win on Thursday night time (Friday, Manila) to take a 2-1 lead of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

Greg Monroe added 16 factors and 7 rebounds for the Bucks, who held DeMar DeRozan and not using a basket and by no means appeared again after main by 20 factors after the primary quarter.

Making this blowout much more spectacular was that they barely wanted All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo. He completed with 19 factors and eight boards.

Game four is Saturday (Sunday, Manila) again on the Bradley Center.

GAME 1 RESULT: Antetokounmpo lifts Bucks over Raptors in series opener

GAME 2 RESULT: Lowry bounces again, Raptors edge Bucks to even series at 1-1

With raucous followers sporting black Bucks giveaway T-shirts to match the gamers’ uniforms, Milwaukee placed on a dominating show of basketball worthy of the crew’s “Fear the Deer” slogan.

The Raptors appeared frazzled after taking pictures four of 18 within the first quarter. Kyle Lowry had 13 factors.

DeRozan scored eight however was zero of Eight from the sector. The Raptors and their playoff-tested backcourt appeared nothing just like the crew that held off the Bucks in Game 2 in Toronto.

This night time belonged to Milwaukee.

The Bucks moved the ball nicely, hit open pictures and had a double-digit edge on factors within the paint for a lot of the night time.

On the opposite finish, the Bucks’ size bothered the Raptors. Toronto additionally began poorly from the Three-point line, missing its first six pictures from behind the arc.

With about 6 minutes left within the second quarter, the Raptors had referred to as their fourth timeout whereas trailing by 31. They had solely six discipline objectives on the time.

If the Bucks take this series, Game Three may be seen as a turning level within the growth of an up-and-coming franchise in a city ravenous for basketball success. Milwaukee hasn’t received a playoff series since going to the convention finals in 2001.

Few followers, if any, left the sold-out Bradley Center by the top of the night time, cheering loudly for each final Antetokounmpo dunk and block.

TIP INS

Raptors: Toronto trailed 57-30 on the half, tying the crew’s regular-season low for scoring in a half. The Raptors scored 30 within the second half of a loss at Charlotte on Jan. 20, 2017. … Frustration was evident early within the recreation. Serge Ibaka was whistled for a technical foul with 2:03 left within the first half and Toronto trailing by 31 factors after slamming the ball exhausting on the ground following a defensive goaltending name.

Bucks: Middleton completed Eight of 15 after hitting his first 5 pictures to get the offense going. The 6-foot-Eight ahead is the Bucks’ finest all-around participant after Antetokounmpo along with his capability to hit from the Three-point line, create in site visitors and defend on the perimeter. … Monroe fouled out with Eight:07 left.

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