April 20, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks a basket in the third quarter against Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell (24) in game three of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center. 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.
DeRozan missed all eight of his shots from the floor and finished with eight points, while the Raptors shot just 33 percent from the floor and went 6-for-22 from beyond the arc.
Milwaukee's core, meanwhile, was on fire.
It was all Bucks all the time as six Milwaukee players scored in double digits, led by 20 points from Khris Middleton. "There's a definite buzz in the air surrounding the team and these playoffs, and we look forward to seeing even more Bucks gear in the air now, too".
Game 3 between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks is underway at the Bradley Center, but this one was over before it even started. "It was just fun, fun to play with such great fans". Lowry wasn't much better, with 13 points on 4-for-10 shooting. He didn't get a point until he made two free throws midway through the second quarter. "Our goal was to keep the score low, and they only scored 77 points". When Matthew Dellavedova splashed in a three-pointer to make it 39-15 with 9:20 left in the first half, Casey burned his third timeout of the game. "We got our ass busted", Lowry says, when asked to summarize this dour Midwestern evening. These squads are at much different crossroads from each other, with the Raptors hoping to revive their schizophrenic competitive streak to stab the Bucks back a few times. The Raptors and their playoff-tested backcourt looked nothing like the crew that held off the Bucks in Game 2 in Toronto. What if the series is happening to them more than it's happening with them?
It was more of the same dominance in the second half, and Toronto's bench players came in to finish out the surreal evening.
While the Bucks don't have veterans such as Ibaka and Cory Joseph, who've both been in the National Basketball Association final, and Lowry and DeRozan, who got to the Eastern Conference final a year ago, it's not like they've been cowering or unable to make the right, instinctive play at the right time. Not only did they steal game one in Toronto, but they did it in dominating fashion as they outscored the Raptors 51-32 in the second half to win 97-83. Milwaukee hasn't won a playoff series since going to the conference finals in 2001.
In the Eastern Conference, the second-seeded Cavaliers are listed as 2.5-point road favorites for Game 3 versus the seventh-seeded Indiana Pacers, who are 11-2 against the spread in the past 13 meetings despite losing nine of them straight up. "I thought we did a much better job putting on-time, on-target passes".