Antetokounmpo scores 28 points, Bucks beat Raptors 97-83

If the Milwaukee Bucks can execute a specialized game plan and create enough chaos, a 6-seed taking out the 3-seed wouldn't be that far-fetched. Toronto's only win in a Game 1 came at Philadelphia in the 2001 Eastern Conference semifinals, a series the Raptors went on to lose. After one game, those people look really, really smart after one game - the Bucks walked into Toronto and demolished the Raptors, 97-83. "I know I came in early just to get some work in and get completely locked in and embrace this feeling". "We didn't play with any pace, any rhythm, any movement". "You can't play that way and it'll always bite you in the behind". He just blocked one of the best shooting guards in the game today in a playoff game in his place.

"A year ago I was in high school watching the Raptors play and now I'm here playing in the playoffs".

"We can't give them those type of sweat points, easy points".

Playing in his 200th playoff game, James added 13 assists and six rebounds while winning his 18th consecutive first-round game. "So we have to be ready for them".

Game Two will be played Tuesday night at the Air Canada Center.

"But in the playoffs you can't spot a team", the coach said.

The Raptors are known for making life hard for themselves in the postseason, especially in the opening games of series.

"It's on us", Casey said. "We've been there before". The Bucks own a 47-35 mark against the Raptors all-time in the regular season. Maker chipped in three blocks and a steal on the defensive end of the floor, and one point he went step for step with Kyle Lowry on an isolation drive. "It's like deja vu all over again". The third was a back-and-forth battle with five ties and three lead changes and Toronto had an opportunity to take control after Antetokounmpo picked up his fourth foul and went the bench with 4:33 remaining in the quarter.

MILWAUKEE - Snell 4-11 0-0 11, Antetokounmpo 13-18 2-5 28, Maker 2-2 0-0 4, Brogdon 6-13 0-0 16, Middleton 4-15 2-2 10, Hawes 1-3 0-0 3, Teletovic 0-2 0-0 0, Monroe 5-11 4-4 14, Dellavedova 3-9 4-4 11, Terry 0-1 0-0 0.

Bucks coach Jason Kidd talked about the Raptors' domination of his team.

"We've got to bait him to shoot more jumpers", Carroll said. Shutting DeRozan down would be huge for Milwaukee, because the Raptors don't have anyone else to turn to that can produce the same kinds of numbers that he does.

Milwaukee left Toronto to 14 points unanswered for.

Ibaka's jump shot at 7:49 was Toronto's first made field goal of the fourth.

Toronto was the #4 seed, just half a game ahead of #5 Atlanta during the All-Star break.

The encouraging thing from the Bucks' standpoint is that they went 14-4 in March and were 21-15 overall after their most recent loss to Toronto on January 27.

Antetokounmpo and the Bucks will take on the Raptors in Toronto starting with Game 1 on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN. Bad starts in the playoffs are not a new thing for the Raptors, and those bad starts continued yesterday.

Lowry played just under 34 mintues and wound up with four points on 2-of-11 shooting and a team-worst minus-22 for the night.

The upcoming series will be Milwaukee's first postseason meeting with the Raptors, who had been one of just two Eastern Conference foes the Bucks had never met in the playoffs (Cleveland is the other).

Wasted in the loss was a strong Raptors playoff debut by Serge Ibaka. DeRozan also had eight rebounds and an assist.

  • Loretta Pittman