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Bucks overwhelm Raptors 104-77, take 2-1 series lead

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Bradley Center was throbbing, filled with raucous basketball fans eager to watch one of the NBA's up-and-coming teams.

The Milwaukee Bucks fed off the energy that pulsed through the stands, overwhelming the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors from the opening tip.

Khris Middleton scored 20 points in a 104-77 win on Thursday night that gave the Bucks a 2-1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

Greg Monroe added 16 points and seven rebounds for the sixth-seeded Bucks, who held DeMar DeRozan without a basket and never looked back after leading by 20 points after the first quarter.

If the Bucks take this series, Game 3 might be seen as a turning point in the development of a rebuilding franchise in a town starving for basketball success. Milwaukee hasn't won a playoff series since going to the conference finals in 2001.

''It was big from the first play,'' All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said about the home-court environment. ''It was just fun, fun to play with such great fans ... Hopefully they can show some love and be loud in Game 4.''

The teams meet again on Saturday back in Milwaukee.

Making this blowout even more impressive was that they barely needed Antetokounmpo. He finished with 19 points and eight boards.

With raucous fans wearing black Bucks giveaway T-shirts to match the players' uniforms, Milwaukee put on a dominating display of basketball worthy of the team's ''Fear the Deer'' slogan.

The Raptors looked frazzled after shooting 4 of 18 in the first quarter. Kyle Lowry had 13 points.

''I thought our defense was active, and guys were picking each other up,'' coach Jason Kidd said.

DeRozan scored eight but was 0 of 8 from the field. The Raptors and their playoff-tested backcourt looked nothing like the crew that held off the Bucks in Game 2 in Toronto.

This night belonged to Milwaukee.

''They ambushed us,'' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. ''There was no aspect of our game that we executed whatsoever.''

TIP-INS

Raptors: Toronto trailed 57-30 at the half, tying the team's regular-season low for scoring in a half. The Raptors scored 30 in the second half of a loss at Charlotte on Jan. 20, 2017. ... Frustration was evident early in the game. Serge Ibaka was whistled for a technical foul with 2:03 left in the first half and Toronto trailing by 31 points after slamming the ball hard on the floor following a defensive goaltending call.

Bucks: Middleton finished 8 of 15 after hitting his first five shots to get the offense going. The 6-foot-8 forward is the Bucks' best all-around player after Antetokounmpo with his ability to hit from the 3-point line, create in traffic and defend on the perimeter. ... Monroe fouled out with 8:07 left.

BUCKS DOMINATION

The Bucks moved the ball well, hit open shots and had a double-digit edge on points in the paint for much of the night.

On the other end, the Bucks' length bothered the Raptors. Toronto also started poorly from the 3-point line, missing its first six shots from behind the arc.

''We were just trying to make them work. Forcing DeRozan and Lowry into tough shots and try to make everybody else make plays,'' Middleton said.

RAPTORS STRUGGLE

With about 6 minutes left in the second quarter, the Raptors had called their fourth timeout while trailing by 31. They had only six field goals at the time.

Toronto finished 24 of 71 on the night (33 percent) and 6 of 22 from 3-point range (27 percent). The Bucks shot 52 percent from the floor overall and from 3-point range.

''It's a terrible feeling. We better pick it up,'' Lowry said. ''Our confidence is not changed. We'll be fine.''

QUOTABLE

''We'll make changes ... As a staff we have to do a better job of finding ways for openings and space for us to score.'' - Casey.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Delon Wright made layup, assist by Norman Powell 0:29
+ 3 Rashad Vaughn made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 0:04
  Lost ball turnover on Spencer Hawes 0:37
+ 2 Jakob Poeltl made reverse layup 0:59
  Offensive rebound by Jakob Poeltl 1:00
  Jakob Poeltl missed layup, blocked by Michael Beasley 1:02
  Defensive rebound by Jakob Poeltl 1:12
  Michael Beasley missed reverse layup 1:14
+ 1 Delon Wright made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:34
  Team rebound 1:34
  Delon Wright missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:34
Points 77 104
Field Goals 24-71 (33.8%) 39-74 (52.7%)
3-Pointers 6-22 (27.3%) 12-23 (52.2%)
Free Throws 23-30 (76.7%) 14-19 (73.7%)
Total Rebounds 49 45
Offensive 9 3
Defensive 31 33
Team 9 9
Assists 11 29
Steals 6 6
Blocks 5 4
Turnovers 15 13
Fouls 21 25
Technicals 1 0
away team logo
D. Wright PG 55
13 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
home team logo
K. Middleton SG 22
20 PTS, 3 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo3 Raptors 1-2 1218163177
home team logo6 Bucks 2-132252126104
Team Stats
away team logoRaptors 1-2 96.7 PPG 39.3 RPG 19.6 APG
home team logoBucks 2-1 93.2 PPG 38 RPG 21.2 APG
Key Players
D. Wright PG 2.8 PPG 1.4 RPG 1.4 APG 52.9 FG%
K. Middleton SG 14.5 PPG 4.7 RPG 5.3 APG 39.7 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Wright PG 13 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
K. Middleton SG 20 PTS 3 REB 7 AST
33.8 FG% 52.7
27.3 3PT FG% 52.2
76.7 FT% 73.7
Raptors
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Lowry 34 13 5 2 0 1 3 5 4/10 2/5 3/4 0 5 20 -18
J. Valanciunas 20 11 7 0 0 0 2 3 3/9 0/0 5/7 1 6 16 -12
D. DeRozan 30 8 2 0 0 0 3 2 0/8 0/2 8/8 0 2 7 -23
S. Ibaka 25 6 3 0 0 1 2 3 3/8 0/2 0/0 0 3 8 -18
D. Carroll 14 3 1 0 2 2 0 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 1 8 -13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Lowry 34 13 5 2 0 1 3 5 4/10 2/5 3/4 0 5 20 -18
J. Valanciunas 20 11 7 0 0 0 2 3 3/9 0/0 5/7 1 6 16 -12
D. DeRozan 30 8 2 0 0 0 3 2 0/8 0/2 8/8 0 2 7 -23
S. Ibaka 25 6 3 0 0 1 2 3 3/8 0/2 0/0 0 3 8 -18
D. Carroll 14 3 1 0 2 2 0 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 1 8 -13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Wright 26 13 6 2 0 0 2 2 4/6 2/3 3/5 2 4 21 0
N. Powell 14 12 3 1 1 1 0 0 4/8 0/1 4/4 1 2 19 +3
J. Poeltl 9 4 7 0 0 0 0 2 2/6 0/0 0/2 4 3 11 -4
P. Patterson 22 3 2 1 1 0 0 1 1/5 1/2 0/0 0 2 8 -21
C. Joseph 16 2 1 3 0 0 2 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 1 0 7 -22
L. Nogueira 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 +3
P. Tucker 14 0 3 1 1 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 5 -13
F. VanVleet 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 +3
B. Caboclo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Siakam - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 77 40 11 6 5 15 21 24/71 6/22 23/30 9 31 135 -135
Bucks
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Middleton 34 20 3 7 2 0 0 1 8/15 1/4 3/3 0 3 39 +17
G. Antetokounmpo 32 19 8 4 2 2 3 1 7/10 2/2 3/8 0 8 36 +29
T. Maker 21 11 2 2 0 0 1 3 3/5 1/2 4/4 1 1 16 +13
T. Snell 25 5 2 2 0 0 0 4 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 2 11 +27
M. Brogdon 27 4 7 9 0 0 2 1 2/7 0/2 0/0 1 6 27 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Middleton 34 20 3 7 2 0 0 1 8/15 1/4 3/3 0 3 39 +17
G. Antetokounmpo 32 19 8 4 2 2 3 1 7/10 2/2 3/8 0 8 36 +29
T. Maker 21 11 2 2 0 0 1 3 3/5 1/2 4/4 1 1 16 +13
T. Snell 25 5 2 2 0 0 0 4 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 2 11 +27
M. Brogdon 27 4 7 9 0 0 2 1 2/7 0/2 0/0 1 6 27 +10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Monroe 23 16 7 3 2 1 1 6 6/11 0/0 4/4 1 6 31 +17
M. Beasley 20 13 3 0 0 1 2 5 5/9 3/3 0/0 0 3 15 +8
M. Dellavedova 28 10 1 2 0 0 3 2 4/5 2/2 0/0 0 1 12 +20
R. Vaughn 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2/3 2/2 0/0 0 0 6 -2
S. Hawes 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 -3
J. Terry 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 2 2 -1
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teletovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 104 36 29 6 4 13 25 39/74 12/23 14/19 3 33 195 +135