104-77 home rout gives Milwaukee 2-1 series lead

The Bucks shot a sizzling 67 per cent in the first quarter and when Michael Beasley drained a three with 37 seconds left, it gave Milwaukee a 20-point lead.

The Raptors dropped a shocking 97-83 loss to the Bucks in the series opener, but replied with a 106-100 victory in Game 2. Milwaukee has not won a playoff series since knocking off Charlotte in the 2001 Eastern Conference semifinals. He's a great player. They'll live with the small consolation prize that is Game 3.

The teams meet again on Saturday back in Milwaukee.

Making this blowout even more impressive was that they barely needed All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Grizzlies' guard Mike Conley had 24 points, centre Marc Gasol dropped 21 points and forward Zach Randolph was a force with 21 points and eight rebounds. After the momentum and excitement generated by Milwaukee's big Game 1 win in Toronto on Saturday piqued fans' interest, Tuesday night's nail-biting defeat - which featured a dramatic, late Bucks comeback - produced a 7.80 rating on FOX Sports Wisconsin.

Maker, who has started in all of the Bucks' playoff games, showed his versatility with a three-pointer and a mix of dunks and deft touches for his 11 points. Kyle Lowry had 13 points.

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"Everybody has their own thinking about screens, about physicality", Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said. DeRozan went 0-of-8 from the field but ended up with eight points.

Game 3 is Thursday night in Milwaukee. Maker then assisted Antetokounmpo with a nifty pass off the dribble that forced Raptors Head Coach Dwane Casey to burn a timeout. Whether or not this is the case, though, it's more than likely that we'll see a dog fight in Game 4 and beyond. DeRozan was held without a field goal after three quarters and he combined with Kyle Lowry for only 18 points on a miserable 3-of-17 shooting from the field in that span. This Raptors team, emboldened by mid-season veteran pick-ups Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, is perhaps the best iteration of the Lowry-DeRozan era, but at this moment they're falling into the same playoff hole that's plagued them in recent seasons. On road, the Raptors score nearly 4 less points and have a 18-23 over/under record. Frustration was evident early in the game. The Bucks have lost their last seven playoff series overall. "Once I felt like I didn't have the shot, I just tried to find the open man and let them do the rest of the work".

It was the Grizzlies' first win over the Spurs in the playoffs since April 2011, when Memphis beat San Antonio in six games.

He was much better in Game 2, going 6 for 12, including 2 of 5 from long range. It's a awful feeling.

"We did a better job of moving the basketball", Casey said. [But] our confidence is not changed.


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