TORONTO — Kyle Lowry shrugged off his Game 1 struggles in model, and received the Raptors again on degree phrases.
Lowry scored 22 factors, together with the clinching basket with lower than 10 seconds to play, as Toronto beat the Milwaukee Bucks 106-100 on Tuesday night time to degree their first-round playoff series at 1-1.
“I’ve been in the trenches with him before and he’s always bounced back,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey stated. “That’s just who he is. He’s a competitor, he’s a fighter. I just knew that he wasn’t going to be satisfied with the way he played in the first game.”
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DeMar DeRozan had 23 factors, Serge Ibaka added 13 of his 16 within the second half and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 factors and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 5-1 when taking part in Game 2 of a playoff series on their dwelling courtroom.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 factors and 15 rebounds for the Bucks.
Lowry scored simply 4 factors in Saturday’s Game 1 loss, missing all six of his Three-point makes an attempt.
He was a lot better in Game 2, going 6 for 12, together with 2 of 5 from lengthy vary.
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“We knew he was going to be more aggressive, we knew he was going to get his shot off,” Antetokounmpo stated. “Tonight he did a better job of shooting the ball and finding his teammates, too.”
Of Lowry’s six baskets, none was larger than his step again jumper with eight.9 seconds remaining, which gave Toronto a 104-100 lead.
“The play was for DeMar to get a bucket,” Lowry stated. “That’s our guy. He had two guys on him and he trusted us. He threw it to Serge and Serge gave it to me. For me, I just wanted to get to my spot. I knew there were five seconds on the shot clock and I wanted to get to my spot. I got to my spot and let it go.”
While they couldn’t snatch a second win away from dwelling, Antetokounmpo stated the Bucks had nonetheless managed to obtain one thing essential.
“We definitely gained a lot of things out of these two games,” he stated. “We got their attention.”
Toronto went 5 for 23 from behind the Three-point line in Game 1 however practically tripled its output in Game 2, ending 14 for 29.
“They made more 3s by halftime than they did in the whole game in Game 1,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd stated. “We’ve got to get those guys off the 3. That helped them.”
Leading 84-83 by way of three quarters, Toronto opened the fourth with an 11-Zero run that included a pair of Three-pointers by Ibaka, and a 3rd from P.J. Tucker.
Milwaukee battled again, and a layup by Antetokounmpo lower it to 98-97 with 2:46 remaining, main to a Raptors timeout.
Ibaka made a jumper to put Toronto up three however Antetokounmpo answered with a Three-pointer, tying it at 100-all with 2:03 left.
DeRozan broke the tie with a jumper and, after missed Three-pointers by Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova, Tucker missed a pair of free throws.
DeRozan grabbed the rebound on a missed jumper by Middleton, setting the stage for Lowry’s decisive basket.
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