Giannis's 28 points were the most from a Buck in a playoff game since Michael Redd's 40 points against the Detroit Pistons back in 2006.
Giannis Antetokounmpo could be the key to the Milwaukee Bucks' bid to reverse their recent history against the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.
Antetokounmpo's layup to open the second quarter gave the Bucks a 10-point lead, but the Raptors hit back and a driving finger roll by DeRozan had Toronto up by three points. The Raptors shot better, moved the ball better, and led by as many as 13 points, but the troublesome Bucks just kept coming back, and the Toronto went into the fourth quarter in front of a nervous Air Canada Centre crowd of 20,077 with an 84-83 lead.
Bucks at Raptors, Milwaukee leads 1-0.
In the regular season, Brogdon led all rookies in assists (4.2 APG) and steals (1.1 SPG) per game, came in second for minutes (26.4 MPG) per game, and came in third for points (10.2 PPG) per game.
It should be no surprise that the Raptors lost Game 1 as they dropped to 1-11 all-time in Game 1s in franchise history, losing their ninth straight such game. All of those players finished in the minus in Game 1.
Game 3 is Thursday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Greg Monroe had a solid start to his first playoff series with a double-double on Saturday.
Blues top Wild 3-1, grab 3-0 series lead
Sure, the Blues drew first blood and swiped home-ice advantage thanks to 51 saves by superhero goaltender Jake Allen . Or perhaps the 62-year-old Boudreau is onto something as the Wild are a flawless 3-0 in Game 7s in franchise history.
Since this is the playoffs, I'd wager Ibaka plays in Game 2.
"The play was for DeMar to get a bucket - that's our guy", Lowry said. "It's not a good feeling but they are things that are correctable as far as our offence is concerned". Milwaukee was 19-22 in road games this season but they torched the Raptors in Game 1. They even met him 27 feet from the basket to not allow him to get a head of steam and clogged the paint anytime he got in the lane. "Those guys came in and they were ready to play", Joseph said of Wright and Poeltl. The undersized Tucker made the Bucks star work the hardest, but if Toronto doesn't get their offense (83 points, 36 percent from the field, 22 percent from three) going in Game 2, the Bucks have the best player in the series and a superstar that looks poised to add a playoff series win to his resume. "We're going to continue to need them to do that the next couple games".
DeMar DeRozan was aggressive from the start, relentlessly attacking the rim and getting himself to the line a game-high 14 times and converting 13 of those attempts. It may not be realistic to expect Brogdon to outplay Kyle Lowry for the duration of the series, but if he can have similar production (16 points, 4-7 from three, only one turnover) and just play Lowry even, it will go a long way in the Bucks pulling off the upset.
Not only did he keep Valanciunas quiet, he affected many other shots early. Third-string guard Delon Wright played an important role in Tuesday's game as well, logging 8 1/2 minutes in the second quarter.
Ibaka was the only Raptors starter to make a 3-pointer.
In the battle of the brothers, the Spurs' Pau Gasol had just six points and four rebounds off the bench while the Grizzlies' Marc Gasol had 32 points and five rebounds.
Los Angeles stormed to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, reeling off the kind of dunks that earned the team's Lob City moniker years ago.