Already trailing 1-0 in their first-round series against against the Bucks, the Raptors were locked in another close battle Tuesday night late in Game 2.
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.
Neither team led by more than 10 points through the game's first three quarters.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 24 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists but shot just nine of 24 from the field. In six games against the Chicago Bulls, Antetokounmpo averaged just 11.5 points and 7.0 rebounds and shot 36.6 percent from the field, culminating his frustrating playoff debut with a Flagrant-2 foul on Mike Dunleavy Jr.
The Bucks then ran away with the game, breaking a 17 straight game losing streak for the franchise in playoff game ones.
Head to head, the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Milwaukee, the favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings and the under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings. Interestingly, the Raptors sent Bruno Caboclo back to Raptors 905 but kept Pascal Siakam around, who was inactive in Game 1 and played for the D-League team in Game 1 of their series with ME on Sunday. "Don't really think (I could play)", he said.
Antetokounmpo finished the regular-season with 1,832 points, 700 rebounds, 434 assists, 151 blocks and 131 steals.
"The play was for DeMar to get a bucket - that's our guy", Lowry said.
"He had some good looks, he just missed some shots", Casey said.
DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 27 points, and Serge Ibaka had 19 points and 14 rebounds. Casey probably stuck with Jonas Valanciunas a little bit too long, and when Casey was willing to play small, he didn't always get Toronto's best five on the court. It was perhaps the most commanding Toronto moment of the series to that point, as they built a nine-point lead. With their win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, the Bucks also picked up their first Game 1 win in a playoff series since 2001.
Game 2 is Tuesday night in Toronto.
"This was a game where we knew they were going to come out hungry", said Brogdon. Toronto was unable to capitalize on his absence and the Bucks outscored the Raptors 11-5 to end the quarter up 75-70.
Of Lowry's six baskets, none was bigger than his step back jumper with 8.9 seconds remaining, which gave Toronto a 104-100 lead.
DeRozan broke the tie with a jumper and, after missed 3-pointers by Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova, Tucker missed a pair of free throws.
ABOUT THE BUCKS: The series is seen as a time for the 22-year Antetokounmpo to shine and he did that by making 13-of-18 shots, collecting eight rebounds and playing his typical team-style brand of basketball. Among players to make exactly seven 3-pointers in the first round over the 2016 and 2017 postseasons, Jeff Teague has the next-most attempts with 26. Lowry responded the next morning by saying he'll have to be more aggressive and "force more shots" come Game 2.