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Lowry bounces back, Raptors edge Bucks to even series at 1-1

TORONTO (AP) Kyle Lowry shrugged off his Game 1 struggles in style, and got the Raptors back on level terms.

Lowry scored 22 points, including the clinching basket with less than 10 seconds to play, and Toronto beat the Milwaukee Bucks 106-100 on Tuesday night, evening 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 said. ''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.''

DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Serge Ibaka added 13 of his 16 in the second half and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 5-1 when playing Game 2 of a playoff series on their home court.

Game 3 is Thursday night in Milwaukee.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks. Khris Middleton scored 20 points and Greg Monroe had 18.

Lowry scored just four points in Saturday's Game 1 loss, missing all six of his 3-point attempts.

He was much better in Game 2, going 6 for 12, including 2 of 5 from long range.

''We knew he was gong to be more aggressive, we knew he was going to get his shot off,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''Tonight he did a better job of shooting the ball and finding his teammates, too.''

Of Lowry's six baskets, none was bigger than his step back jumper with 8.9 seconds remaining, which gave Toronto a 104-100 lead.

''The play was for DeMar to get a bucket,'' Lowry said. ''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 home, Antetokounmpo said the Bucks had still managed to achieve something important.

''We definitely gained a lot of things out of these two games,'' he said. ''We got their attention.''

Toronto went 5 for 23 from behind the 3-point line in Game 1 but nearly tripled its output in Game 2, finishing 14 for 29.

''They made more 3s by halftime than they did in the whole game in Game 1,'' Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. ''We've got to get those guys off the 3. That helped them.''

Leading 84-83 through three quarters, Toronto opened the fourth with an 11-0 run that included a pair of 3-pointers by Ibaka, and a third from P.J. Tucker.

Milwaukee battled back, and a layup by Antetokounmpo cut it to 98-97 with 2:46 remaining, leading to a Raptors timeout.

Ibaka made a jumper to put Toronto up three but Antetokounmpo answered with a 3-pointer, tying it at 100-all with 2:03 left.

DeRozan broke the tie with a jumper and, after missed 3-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.

DeRozan scored 12 points in the first and Antetokounmpo made just one of six field goal attempts in the opening quarter as Toronto led 28-25.

Lowry scored 12 points in the second but Milwaukee scored the final five points of the half to keep it close. Toronto led 55-52 at the break.

DeMarre Carroll scored seven points in a 13-0 Toronto run that gave the Raptors a 73-60 lead midway through the third but the Bucks answered with a 15-4 run over the next three minutes. Toronto led 84-83 heading to the fourth.

TIP-INS

Bucks: Antetokounmpo missed six of his first eight field goal attempts. His only made basket in the first quarter was a dunk. ... Antetokounmpo finished with seven assists.

Raptors: Ibaka started despite a sore left ankle sustained when he stepped on Antetokounmpo's foot in the third quarter of Game 1. ... Lowry had four rebounds and five assists. ... Former Toronto C Bismack Biyombo attended the

STEERING CLEAR OF SLUMPS

The Raptors have lost back-to-back games just once since the All-Star break, losing March 10 at Atlanta and March 11 at Miami.

TAKE TWO

Toronto is 6-6 all time in Game 2s.

UP NEXT.

The teams meet Thursday in Milwaukee.

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Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo
34 SF
D. DeRozan
10 SG
35.3 Min. Per Game 35.3
27.4 Pts. Per Game 27.4
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
5.3 Reb. Per Game 5.3
52.7 Field Goal % 46.9
52.0 Three Point % 46.6
75.9 Free Throw % 84.2
  Team rebound 0:00
  Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Patrick Patterson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 Patrick Patterson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Thon Maker 0:05
  Defensive rebound by Patrick Patterson 0:05
  Malcolm Brogdon missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:07
+ 2 Kyle Lowry made jump shot 0:09
  Defensive rebound by DeMar DeRozan 0:32
  Khris Middleton missed jump shot 0:34
  Defensive rebound by Malcolm Brogdon 0:57
Points 100 106
Field Goals 36-87 (41.4%) 37-77 (48.1%)
3-Pointers 11-23 (47.8%) 14-29 (48.3%)
Free Throws 17-19 (89.5%) 18-25 (72.0%)
Total Rebounds 49 50
Offensive 12 6
Defensive 28 34
Team 9 10
Assists 20 24
Steals 6 6
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 11 12
Fouls 16 22
Technicals 1 0
G. Antetokounmpo SF 34
24 PTS, 15 REB, 7 AST
K. Lowry PG 7
22 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
1234T
6 Bucks 1-1 25273117100
3 Raptors 1-128272922106
Team Stats
Bucks 1-1 93.2 PPG 38 RPG 21.2 APG
Raptors 1-1 96.7 PPG 39.3 RPG 19.6 APG
Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo SF 24.8 PPG 9.5 RPG 4.0 APG 53.6 FG%
D. DeRozan SG 22.4 PPG 4.9 RPG 3.4 APG 43.4 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Antetokounmpo SF 24 PTS 15 REB 7 AST
D. DeRozan SG 23 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
41.4 FG% 48.1
47.8 3PT FG% 48.3
89.5 FT% 72.0
Bucks
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 42 24 15 7 2 0 4 3 9/24 1/3 5/7 6 9 51 +6
K. Middleton 41 20 5 2 1 0 3 2 6/14 3/3 5/5 0 5 27 -9
T. Snell 30 14 2 0 0 0 0 1 5/7 4/6 0/0 0 2 16 -2
M. Brogdon 37 7 4 3 0 1 2 1 3/11 1/3 0/0 1 3 16 -5
T. Maker 20 5 3 4 1 2 1 4 2/7 1/2 0/0 2 1 18 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 42 24 15 7 2 0 4 3 9/24 1/3 5/7 6 9 51 +6
K. Middleton 41 20 5 2 1 0 3 2 6/14 3/3 5/5 0 5 27 -9
T. Snell 30 14 2 0 0 0 0 1 5/7 4/6 0/0 0 2 16 -2
M. Brogdon 37 7 4 3 0 1 2 1 3/11 1/3 0/0 1 3 16 -5
T. Maker 20 5 3 4 1 2 1 4 2/7 1/2 0/0 2 1 18 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Monroe 21 18 4 1 1 0 1 1 6/9 0/0 6/6 2 2 24 -7
M. Dellavedova 22 7 3 1 0 0 0 1 3/10 1/4 0/0 0 3 12 -4
J. Terry 5 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 0 1 7 -1
S. Hawes 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 0 5 +2
M. Teletovic 12 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 2 -9
M. Beasley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 100 40 20 6 3 11 16 36/87 11/23 17/19 12 28 178 -30
Raptors
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 37 23 7 3 0 0 2 2 9/18 0/1 5/6 0 7 34 -1
K. Lowry 39 22 4 5 3 1 4 3 6/12 2/5 8/9 0 4 36 +7
S. Ibaka 35 16 7 6 0 2 1 3 6/15 4/7 0/0 0 7 36 +13
J. Valanciunas 22 10 10 0 0 0 2 2 4/10 0/0 2/3 5 5 18 +1
D. Carroll 17 9 1 1 0 1 0 3 3/4 2/3 1/3 0 1 13 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 37 23 7 3 0 0 2 2 9/18 0/1 5/6 0 7 34 -1
K. Lowry 39 22 4 5 3 1 4 3 6/12 2/5 8/9 0 4 36 +7
S. Ibaka 35 16 7 6 0 2 1 3 6/15 4/7 0/0 0 7 36 +13
J. Valanciunas 22 10 10 0 0 0 2 2 4/10 0/0 2/3 5 5 18 +1
D. Carroll 17 9 1 1 0 1 0 3 3/4 2/3 1/3 0 1 13 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Joseph 17 11 0 1 0 0 2 3 4/6 3/4 0/0 0 0 11 +1
P. Patterson 30 8 3 3 3 0 1 1 2/6 2/6 2/2 0 3 19 +6
P. Tucker 27 5 5 2 0 0 0 4 2/4 1/3 0/2 0 5 14 +2
J. Poeltl 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 +4
D. Wright 8 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 1 8 +1
L. Nogueira - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Powell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Caboclo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Siakam - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. VanVleet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 106 40 24 6 4 12 22 37/77 14/29 18/25 6 34 192 +30