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

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

DeMar DeRozan reverted back to his playmaking form.

With the knowledge of what they did wrong, and similarly, what the Raptors are going to do moving forward, the Bucks seemed confident in themselves moving forward. Especially after they showed in the first three games that they understood the importance of every game in a playoff series.

The Toronto Raptors will be aiming to take a 3-2 series lead after squaring it up with an 87-76 win over the Bucks in Game 4 on Saturday. They forced 21 turnovers.

"We're much better when our backs are against the wall", he said. It's hard for the nerves, but I like that tough aspect of our team.

Game 5 tips off Monday night at the Air Canada Centre at 7 p.m.

The only offensive bright spots were Tony Snell (playoff-high 19 points) and Greg Monroe (14 points, nine rebounds).

Powell followed that with a corner 3 to make it 79-69 with four minutes left, giving Toronto its biggest lead of the night.

"But Milwaukee was really really loud in the first game at their place".

Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd reacts during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA first-round playoff series basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Milwaukee.

The Raptors were more physical in how they defended Antetokounmpo, throwing different bodies at him, Toronto much better in limiting driving lanes, an area Antetokounmpo needs one step, sometimes half a step, before finishing at the rim.

"It was a hostile environment", Casey said.

Bucks: Antetokounmpo got off to a choppy start after missing five of his first six shots.


But the make-or-miss league you hear about so often from coaches is also a truism and for the better part of the first three games the Bucks were makers (apologies to Thon on that one) and the Raptors were missers for the most part although much better in Game 2.

Casey offered no concrete hints of whether he would continue with Norman Powell in the starting lineup at the expense of centre Jonas Valanciunas.

The landscape is ever-changing and a team's mindset must reflect that from game to game. The 6-foot-4 Powell offered more quickness to counter the athletic Bucks. Powell finished with 12 points.

During the regular season Giannis Antetokounmpo topped the team across the board with 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game while Jabari Parker averaged 20.1 points and solid 6.2 rebounds per game.

"What I normally do is be aggressive, be physical and make it hard. on the defensive end", Powell said. This was DeRozan's ninth 30-point playoff game of his career.

"Being patient and being mature with the process, and (trying) to keep him calm", DeRozan said, nodding to his left in the direction of Lowry. "I keep a level head and I understand bad things are going to come, and I accept it, just like I accept the great times".

In Atlanta, Paul Millsap scored 29 points and Dennis Schroder had 27 as the Hawks delivered an early knockout blow against Washington, cruising to a 116-98 victory that sliced the Wizards' lead to 2-1 in their eastern conference series.

The Toronto Raptors finally covered in the last game, winning the game 4 in Milwaukee.

The two teams played a very tight first half: the score was equal after the first two quarters.

You should feel good about yourselves, whether you are a member of the Raptors or even a fan of the team.

"But our tempo in that second half came to a halt".

Trading shoves in the paint and hand-checks on the perimeter, the Bucks matched the Raptors' rise in defensive intensity with Toronto desperate to tie the series going back to Canada.

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