In the two days between an unfathomable loss and a decisive victory, DeMar DeRozan was the picture of calm.
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It was an ugly, tough affair, the kind of playoff game that shows mettle and the Raptors showed up just when they needed it most.
"I've been in the trenches with him before and he's always bounced back", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.
Following Saturday, the series shifts back to Toronto for Game 5 on Monday. Lowry answered with a bucket before setting up another basket with a drive-and-dish to center Jonas Valanciunas for a layup in traffic.
Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd was full of praise for Dellavedova. Serious underdogs to the Toronto Raptors, the Bucks stole home court in Game 1 with a 97-83 victory in Toronto. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Khris Middleton had 20 points, three rebounds, and seven assists.
The second quarter started the same as the first with the Bucks scoring inside and out.
"We did it from Game 1 to Game 2, so it's possible", Casey said. "You go back to every moment you were in and understand what needs to be done, if you're coming off a bad game". The 6-foot-4 Powell offered more quickness to counter the athletic Bucks. Rondo's night ended with 11 points and 14 assists on a night when all five Bulls starters reached double figures.
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"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. "That's one thing we've figured out offensively that we have to do a much, much better job of". 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. Each team made just five three-pointers for a paltry 10 of 43 combined.
The Bucks turned the Raptors over only three times in the decisive second half Saturday.
On the other end of the floor, the main priority for the Raptors was shutting down Giannis Antetokounmpo in transition.
The first half ended in a 41-41 tie. However, if the Raptors adapt to it, as they did for portions of Game 2, it naturally results in a lot of 3-pointers.
"We have to sell the guys on the fact that you have to move the basketball". "We have a great crowd, too, but that crowd was hot".
Paul Millsap scored 29, pulled down 14 boards and got backup from Dennis Schroder, who had 27 points and 9 dimes. It was tied after both the first and second quarters before the Raptors grabbed a six-point lead after the third period.
The Hawks were never seriously challenged by the Wizards, who were essentially a one-man team.
Antetokounmpo scored nine more in the final quarter, and the Raptors got no closer than 23 points the rest of the way.
Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston (see full recap). He ended up scoring 33 points, leading his team in scoring, assists, rebounds and steals and playing at an astonishing level of efficiency.