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Bucks beat Raptors 97-83 in shocking Game 1

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"To win in this league, we have to play at another level. You keep playing that way, it's always going to bite you in the behind and that's what happened to us tonight".

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas had nine points and nine rebounds.

The Bucks go into Game 2 on Tuesday night knowing they can do no worse than a split before the series returns to Milwaukee.

Three nights after a awful outing in Game 1, Lowry more than made up for it in Game 2, scoring 22 points, including the game-clinching 20-foot jump shot with 8.9 seconds to play, to lift Toronto to a 106-100 win over the Bucks.

DeRozan said he expects Lowry to contribute any way he can in Game 2, even if his shots aren't falling.

Valanciunas had no offensive rebounds in Game 1, so it is not as if they would be sacrificing a lot by tightening the reins on Valanciunas from that perspective.

Citing intensity as a key factor, Casey blasted his team for failing to rise to the occasion in the first game of their best-of-seven series against Milwaukee.

The second one will probably change because Lowry is too good to shoot 2-for-11 every night.

The Raptors averaged 107 points per game in the regular season, but could only score 32 in the second half in Game 1.

Toronto recovered to win seven-game series against IN and Miami after losing Game 1 openers IN last years playoffs.

Casey's counterpart, Jason Kidd, a guy he coached in Dallas, saw things pretty much the same way. "Weve been there before". "It's not a good feeling, but they are things that are correctable as far as our offence is concerned". Game 3 will be played Thursday in Milwaukee.

If there were any questions about Monroe's role in this series, I think he emphatically answered those questions with Saturday's performance.

Sitting slumped in a chair at Toronto's practice facility on Sunday, still dealing with flu-like symptoms, a despondent-looking Lowry said he was struggling to ditch the disappointment of his latest playoff stinker. "That just shows were growing, being a young team, that they trusted one another with Giannis out".

Yet another scary truth for the Raptors is that the Bucks made their most important run of the game after Antetokounmpo went to the bench with his fourth foul.

Milwaukee still had plenty of life, however, and when Antetokounmpo scored on an alley-oop layup from Matthew Dellavedova with 2:46 to play, the Bucks pulled to within a point.

Ibakas jump shot at 7:49 was Torontos first made field goal of the fourth. "When they go up and they're shooting at 75 percent in those first couple of minutes, you have to put your hat on on the defensive end". But he also suffered a left ankle injury during the game, after landing awkwardly on Giannis Antetokounmpo's foot.

Serge Ibaka, who had been questionable the past few days nursing an ankle he sprained on Saturday, was in the starting lineup. First Cory Joseph and Patrick Patterson both hit threes, they got a big stop, which lead to an easy bucket for P.J. Tucker, prompting the Bucks to cry for a timeout.

It's been quite the year for Maker, a somewhat surprising selection by the Bucks with the 10th overall pick of the first round in the National Basketball Association draft in June.

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.

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