Raptors knock off the Bucks to advance to round 2

Raptors knock off the Bucks to advance to round 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) - DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and the Toronto Raptors squandered a 25-point lead late in the third quarter before holding on for a 92-89 victory Thursday night over the Milwaukee Bucks to take their first-round playoff series in six games.

Getting blown out in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks was a wake-up call for the Toronto Raptors.

Game time! The Milwaukee Bucks will fight off elimination from the Toronto Raptors on April 27th at 7pm during game 6 of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Things got a little more dire when the Bucks took a 2-1 series lead a few days later. They are the reason that the Milwaukee Bucks season is over with.

DeRozan was playing through traps and double teams - scoring 10 first-quarter points, helping Toronto to a 28-24 lead by the end of the first.

The beginning of this series saw Toronto fail.

In their 22 seasons, postseason success hasn't exactly been a hallmark of the Toronto Raptors. They also found ways to get their star duo of DeRozen and Lowry involved, as they accounted for 51 of the teams' 87 points.

"We have to fight", Bucks center Greg Monroe said. They looked like the team that had the embarrassing 27-point loss in Game 3. However, the Milwaukee Bucks are very tough to play at home and are still a great defensive team that's going to force a lot of tough shots and make Toronto earn everything it gets.

My third year coach Kidd coming in, we knew there was going to be some stability.

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For starters, turnovers have absolutely killed the Bucks. "We needed more drives, more kick-outs to have their defense scrambling because they're so long". The Toronto Raptors are averaging 94.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 94 points on 44.9 percent shooting. "I knew later in the game it was going to be hard and it was".

Next, free throws have not only been hard to come by for Milwaukee, but when they do get to the line they fail to convert.

Spielman didn't make any moves despite several players in positions of need falling down the draft board Thursday night. Neither the Spurs or the Raptors wanted to face elimination games as the potential matchups with the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers loomed on the horizon. Antetokounmpo is just 18-33 from the free throw line, while DeMar DeRozen is 38-41.

And now as they prepare for the Cleveland Cavaliers it will be the lesson the Raptors take out of this series.

And Toronto forward DeMarre Carroll hopes they can they take care of business sooner than later.

Serge Ibaka, who was acquired from Orlando at February's trade deadline for precisely these big-game moments, struggled offensively in Milwaukee. Kyle Lowry added 13 points for the Raptors.

The crowd went nuts for the Bucks' opening 8-2 run - all buckets courtesy of the Greek Freak, and relished the sight of the Raps calling frantically for an early timeout.

Through the first nine minutes of the frame the Raptors would accumulate more fouls than they would points, with the infractions up 7-4 and the Bucks well into the bonus.