Toronto scored 84 points after three periods, one more than its overall total from Game 1.
Milwaukee's length and how it blitzed high pick and roll action led in part to its Game 1 win. He scored four points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field, 0-of-6 from deep, and finished with a game-worst minus-22.
"We definitely gained some things out of these two games", Antetokounmpo said.
Too often the Raptors found themselves bogged down in a thicket of Bucks defenders incapable of swinging the ball to the open real estate of the weak side.
The Celtics did a much better job containing Bobby Portis in Game 2 after he hurt them with 19 points off the bench in Game 1. "Just going out there and taking my shots". As a team, the Raptors shot 48 percent from the field and 14 of 29 from the three-point line but you can credit this win to the Raptors' defense in the fourth quarter where they held the Bucks to just 17 points after allowing 31 in the third quarter. "I just knew that he wasn't going to be satisfied with the way he played in the first game". It took everything the Raptors had to beat the Bucks in what was nearly a must-win game for them.
"We knew he was gong to be more aggressive, we knew he was going to get his shot off", Antetokounmpo said. "We just can't panic every time a guy has a rough night". The Milwaukee Bucks trapped Lowry and DeRozan, throwing a bunch of long-limbed athletes their way, and the Raptors' offense bogged down into isolation play, leading to a lopsided loss. "My teammates challenged me.I got aggressive early and in the second half, DeMar (DeRozan) got himself going. And we didn't. I thought they were the more desperate team tonight". With Toronto holding a two-point lead, Milwaukee's Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova each missed wide-open threes in the final two minutes.
Milwaukee began to shoot better in the second and responded to a nine-point lead by mounting an 8-0 run. An 11-0 run in the fourth quarter when the team appeared to finally put the Bucks away.
The Congolese power forward, who sprained his ankle in Game 1, had doubts about playing. For me, I just wanted to get to my spot.
"The first quarter is what really got us, and they hit us a little bit, set us back in Game 1, as well", Hayward said. They had some leads, we came back. The Raptors led by one point with 2:46 to play after Antetokounmpo made a layup. A floating jump shot by DeRozan to end the first quarter sent the Raptors into the second with a 28-25 lead. They also shot far better from three-point range in Game 2 - their 14 threes were a franchise playoff record. Then the Bucks went on a 15-4 run. Be that as it may, it's hard, understandable even, not stubbornly sticking to what got you 51 wins and the No. 3 seed.
The Raptors took a 55-52 lead into halftime behind strong performances from Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.
I'll go over some of the key takeaways from this game, including what needs to change for the Bucks to do better during Game 3.