The Raptors needed a win to avoid a 2-0 deficit before hitting the road against the Bucks. A better game offensively from their backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan helped propelled the Raptors to a 106-100 win. With a two point lead Lowry knocked down a 19-foot jumper with 8.6 seconds left. The duo would go in to score 45 points on 15-of-30 shooting from the field, a whole 50-percent which is better than game one’s 24-percent shooting.
Not only did the backcourt have a better offensive night for the Raptors but the front court help from Serge Ibaka lifted the Raptors in the second half. Ibaka would score 13 of his 16 points in the second half while shooting 4-of-7 from the three. The Raptors biggest lead would get to 13 points but not before the Bucks fought back and cut the lead down to two points with under a minute left in the game.
For Milwaukee to follow-up game one, Giannis Antetokoumnpo scored 24 points accompanied by 15 rebounds and seven assists, which would lead all Bucks players. The Greek Freak however, did not record a block in game two something he was able to make a statement of in game one. One of the questions for the Bucks would be the supporting cast and how well they can consistently play. Greg Monroe, who logged 18 points and and only grabbed four rebounds, was coming off a solid double-double in game one.
The Raptors found success with their big men as Jonas Valanciunas scored 10 points but was also able to grab 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Ibaka and his 16 points were accompanied by seven rebounds, six assists and two blocks.
While it was a better effort from the third seed Raptors in game two Milwaukee still found a way to remain in the game until the end. Going home for the next two games with a tied series can still give them the confidence of pushing the series longer than expected. With a younger team the home court advantage create a bit more of a comfort zone. The veteran Raptors will have to weather the storm and stay ahead to avoid a game one scenario over again.
Game three is Thursday night in Milwaukee. Tip-off at 8:00 PM EST on NBA TV.
Baseline Times Staff Writer