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The Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 116 to 97

The Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 116 to 97

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks were coming fresh off wins against the Boston Celtics each.  They looked to grab a second win as LeBron James and the Cavaliers visited Wisconsin to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.  Last season, the Bucks finished at sixth place in the Eastern Conference but would lose to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs, 2-4.

The first quarter of the game would be held tightly as the Bucks shot fifty percent from the field while the Cavaliers shot forty-five percent from the field.  Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love would light the floor up with eleven points, shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He would also do some work on the boards as he grabbed three defensive rebounds.  Dwyane Wade shot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only be held to four points but he did record one defensive rebound and two assists.  Derrick Rose would also score four but he earned two of them from the charity stripe as LeBron James and Jae Crowder would be limited to two points each.  J.R. Smith would also be held to two points but he did manage to grab two defensive rebounds.

As for the Bucks, California-native Tony Snell would drill two three-pointers to earn himself six points while Malcolm Brogdon would do the exact same thing.  Antetokounmpo would be limited to five points but he did gobble up two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Greg Monroe would come off the bench to score four and pull down three rebounds as both teams would head into the second quarter tied at 25 points apiece.

During the second period, the Ohio team would shoot sixty percent from the field as they limit the home team to forty-eight percent.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would start to heat up as he chalks up ten points while shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also record one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds, and three assists in the process of doing so.  Brogdon ended up scoring five points with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.

On the other end of the court, James would put up six points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Rose would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he records six additional points, two of those coming from the free-throw line.  Former Utah Jazz’s shooting guard Kyle Korver would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers as Jeff Green would also put up six points.  Kevin Love would play for six minutes as he is held to only two points but he would grab two defensive rebounds as the Cavaliers head into halftime with a 55-49 lead.

In the third quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Milwaukee Bucks shot forty-seven percent from the field.  Antetokounmpo would continue to impress as he chalks up eleven more points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Thon Maker would record five points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He would also collect three rebounds as Snell would connect for three while grabbing two defensive rebounds.

As for the Cavaliers, Korver would continue to add to his scoring total as he rallies in three three-pointers, earning himself nine points.  LeBron James would play for the entire quarter but would only put up eight points but he did grab two rebounds while dishing off three assists.  Crowder would earn eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc as Rose and Wade would be held scoreless.  Love would be held to two points but he managed to pull down two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as the visiting team went into the fourth quarter with an 86-73 advantage.

The Cleveland team would close things out in the fourth quarter as they went on a 30 to 24 run, shooting sixty-three percent from the field while limiting the Bucks to only thirty-nine percent.  LeBron James would add eight more points to his scoring total while connecting for two three-pointers.  Tristan Thompson would end up chalking up six points while collecting two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Both him and James would shot seventy-five percent from the field while J.R. Smith would come off the bench to score five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Wade would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played.

As for the Bucks, Antetokounmpo would chalk up eight points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Former Detriot Pistons’ shooting guard Khris Middleton would put up four points as he earned two of them from the free-throw line.  Matthew Dellavedova and Sterling Brown would both come off the bench to hit a three-pointer each but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Milwaukee Bucks a 116-97 loss.  Lebron James finished the game with twenty-four points, five rebounds, and eight assists as Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with thirty-four points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.

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The Indiana Pacers pull away with a 140 to 131 win over the Brooklyn Nets

The Indiana Pacers pull away with a 140 to 131 win over the Brooklyn Nets

Wednesday’s matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Brooklyn Nets would mark the first of four games that these teams would play against each other.  The Brooklyn Nets finished last season with a 20-62 record, placing them in the last place in the Eastern Conference while the Pacers finished with a 42-40 record.  The Pacers would end up losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 2017 Playoffs, 0-4.  The Pacers would look to succeed this season without their superstar, Paul George.

The Nets would shoot fifty percent from the field in the first quarter as a team while the Pacers shot forty-four percent from the field.  Victor Oladipo would heat up for twelve points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  Texas-native Myles Turner would drop seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also collected three defensive rebounds while Darren Collison dropped six points and dished off three assists.

On the other end of the court, new-point guard D’Angelo Russell ended up scoring eight points, six of them coming from beyond the arc.  Trevor Booker would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while collecting seven points.  Allen Crabbe would put up five points while pulling down four defensive rebounds as the Nets walked into the second quarter with a 30 to 29 lead.

During the second quarter, the Nets shot fifty-two percent from the field while the Indiana team would shoot forty-eight percent.  Former Philadelphia 76ers’ power Thaddeus Young would drop nine points which would include one three-pointer.  He also gobbled up three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Maryland-native Victor Oladipo would shoot put up seven more points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Lance Stephenson would come off the bench to record six points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.

As for the New York team, Russell would continue to add to his scoring total as he chalks up eight more points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  Lin would put up seven points while drilling a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Rondae-Hollis-Jefferson, Timofey Mozgov and Trevor Booker would each score four points but it was the home team who would enter halftime with a 65 to 63 lead.

The Indiana Pacers would go on a 41 to 35 run in the third quarter, shooting sixty-eight percent from the field while limiting the Brooklyn Nets to forty-seven percent.  Collison would heat up for eleven points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would also collect two rebounds and five assists.  Bojan Bogdanovic would put up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Stephenson would come off of the bench to also put up seven points but he would only shoot forty-three percent from the field.

On the other end of the court, Lin would score seven points, earning them all from the free-throw line.  Quincy Acy would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers while Ohio-native Caris LeVert would put up five points.  Russell would only be limited to four points, earning two of them from the charity stripe but it was the Pacers who would have a 106-98 lead at the end of the third.

The last quarter would be tight as the Nets shot forty-two percent from the field while the Pacers ended up shooting forty-six percent from the field.  Former Los Angeles Lakers’ point D’Angelo Russell would heat up for ten points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  DeMarre Carroll and Trevor Booker would each earn themselves five points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Caroll would earn three of his points from behind the arc while collecting three rebounds.  Booker earned three of his points from the free-throw line while collecting four rebounds.

As for the Indiana team, Cory Joseph dropped seven points off of the bench while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Turner would collect six points which would include four free-throws.  He would also grab four rebounds while Young put up four points, earning two of them from the free-throw line.  He also pulled down five rebounds as the Indiana Pacers would pull away with a 140 to 131 win over the Brooklyn Nets.  Victor Oladipo would finish the game with twenty-two points, five rebounds and four assists while D’Angelo Russell finished with thirty points, three rebounds and five assists.

The Raptors defeat the Bucks, tying the series up 2-2

The Raptors defeat the Bucks, tying the series up 2-2

Last night marked the fourth game between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks in their playoff series.  Game 1 was a victory for the Bucks as they defeat the Raptors, 97-83.  In that game, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored twenty-eight points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished off three assists.  DeMar DeRozan would go for twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Raptors would bounce back in the second game as they pull off a 106 to 100 victory.  DeMar DeRozan earned himself twenty-three points, seven rebounds and three assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo collected twenty-four points, fifteen rebounds and seven assists.  The last game was a blowout as the Bucks soared past the Raptors, 104-77.  Khris Middleton finished with twenty points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Kyle Lowry ended up with thirteen points, five rebounds and two assists.  Delon Wright also ended up with thirteen points, six rebounds and two assists.  The Raptors looked to tie the series up last night in Milwaukee.

Each team would start the game off right as they both scored 19 points in the first quarter.  Khris Middleton dropped seven points and took down four rebounds.  Former Bulls player, Tony Snell, would earn six points which would all come from beyond the arc.  On the other side, DeMar DeRozan would throw up six points of his own, shooting 75% from the field.  The next quarter would be no different as each team goes for 22 points in the second period.  DeRozan would light the floor up with fifteen points, along with four rebounds.  Serge Ibaka would shoot 50% from the field but would only collect four points.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would get hot for ten points, shooting 83% from the field.  He would also gobble down three rebounds as each team went into halftime with a score of 41.

The Raptors would go on a 23-17 run in the third quarter as three-time All-Star, Kyle Lowry, would score eight points, six of those coming from behind the 3-point line.  DeRozan would drop six points, crash the boards for two rebounds and give out three assists.  Snell would help his Milwaukee team out as he puts up eight points, including two 3-pointers.  Middleton would collect three points and four rebounds but it was the visiting team that led, 64-58, at the end of the third.  The first-round pick in the 2010 draft, Greg Monroe, would come off the Bucks bench to light up the floor with ten points and four rebounds but it would be the Raptors who close things out as Lowry and DeRozan each drop six points, along with bench player, Jonas Valanciunas’ six points.  The Toronto Raptors would go on to win the game, 87 to 76, tying the series up, 2-2.  DeMar DeRozan finished with thirty-three points, nine rebounds and five assists.  Tony Snell ended up with nineteen points (his new Playoff career-high) and four rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high).

The Milwaukee Bucks hand Toronto Raptors a blowout loss, taking 2-1 lead in series

The Milwaukee Bucks hand Toronto Raptors a blowout loss, taking 2-1 lead in series

Last night marked the third game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  The first game resulted in a victory for the Bucks as they beat the Raptors, 97 to 83.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.  DeMar DeRozan finished with twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Raptors would bounce back in Game 2 as they slip away with a 106-100 win.  DeMar DeRozan would score twenty-three points, grab seven rebounds and dish off three assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo ended up with twenty-four points, fifteen rebounds and seven assists.  Each team would look to take a 2-1 lead in the series as they try to pull a win in Milwaukee.

The game would start off right for the Bucks as Khris Middleton lights the floor up with eleven points in the first quarter, which contained one 3-pointer.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would also contribute with ten points of his own, including two 3-pointers.  He would also pull down three rebounds and dish off three assists.  On the other end, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry would each be limited to four points as the Bucks end the first quarter with a huge 32-12 advantage.  The second period would not get any easier for the visiting team as former Pistons player, Greg Monroe, comes for the Bucks bench to drop twelve points, shooting 71% from the field.  Middleton would score three points, crash the boards for three rebounds and give out five assists.  Michael Beasley and Matthew Dellavedova would both come off the bench to chalk up three points each.  As for the Toronto team, DeRozan would drop eight points but they would all come from the free-throw line.  The first-round pick in the 2015 draft, Delon Wright, came off the bench to throw up seven points, three coming from beyond the arc but it was the home team that went into halftime with a comfortable 57-30 lead.  Antetokounmpo would chalk up five points in the third period, as well as five rebounds.  Thon Maker would collect five points of his own, which were one 3-pointer and two free throws.  Kyle Lowry would earn six points for his Canada team while DeMarre Carroll would collect three points from behind the arc.  The Milwaukee Bucks would end the third quarter with a 78-46 lead, as they look to close things out in the fourth.  The Raptors would go on a 31 to 26 run in the last period, though, as Norman Powell would come off the bench to drop ten points, four coming the free-throw line.  But it would be the Bucks who finish things off as former Heat player, Michael Beasley, drops seven points, including one 3-pointer.  The Milwaukee Bucks would go on to defeat the Toronto Raptors with a 104 to 77 blowout win, taking a 2-1 lead in the series.  Khris Middleton would finish with a game-high twenty points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Kyle Lowry would ended up with thirteen points, five rebounds and two assists.

The Toronto Raptors escape with a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, tying the series 1-1

The Toronto Raptors escape with a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, tying the series 1-1

Tonight marked the second game in the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors series.  The first game did not go as planned for the third-seed Raptors as the Bucks defeated them, 97-83.  In that game, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.  DeMar DeRozan scored twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Raptors would look to even this series up tonight in Toronto.

DeMar DeRozan would start off hot in the first quarter as he shoots 80% from the field, earning himself twelve points.  Kyle Lowry would chalk up five points, which were two free-throws and one 3-pointer.  On the other end, former Pistons player, Khris Middleton, would score nine points, which included one 3-pointer.  Tony Snell would also knock down two 3-pointers but it was the Raptors who end the first quarter with a 28 to 25 lead.  Kyle Lowry would get hot in the second period as he drops twelve points, including one 3-pointer.  The first-round pick in the 2010 draft, Patrick Patterson, would come off the bench to connect for two 3-pointers, earning himself six points.  Cory Joseph came off the bench to hit two 3-pointers, as well, receiving six points.  DeRozan would play six minutes and twenty-nine seconds in the quarter and would be held scoreless.  As for the Milwaukee team, Greg Monroe would come off the bench to shoot 75% from the field, collecting eight points.  Antetokounmpo would throw up six points, only shooting 37% from the field but he would grab five rebounds as the home team walked into halftime with a 55 to 52 lead.  The third quarter would start to look bright for the Bucks as Middleton would score nine points, which contained two 3-pointers.  Antetokounmpo would collect eight points, shooting a better 50% from the field.  Monroe came off the bench to add seven more points to his scoring total.  Former Hawks player and now Raptors player, DeMarre Carroll, would drop nine points which held two 3-pointers.  DeMar DeRozan would collect an additional seven points, along with three boards as the Canada team enter the fourth quarter with a 84-83 lead.  In the last period, Antetokounmpo would grab three rebounds and hit eight points, which included one 3-pointer.  As for the Toronto team, Serge Ibaka would also go for eight points, which included two 3-pointers.  Things would get tight near the end as Antetokounmpo knocks down a 3-pointer with two minutes left, tying the game at 100.  After the two-minute warning, DeRozan would hit a 19-foot jump shot to give the Raptors a two-point lead.  With only a minute left, 2016 NBA champion, Matthew Dellavedova, would miss a much-needed three-pointer, forcing Antetokounmpo to intentionally foul P.J. Tucker.  Tucker would miss both free-throws, giving Milwaukee a chance to either tie or take a lead.  Out of the Bucks timeout, Middleton would miss a 18-foot jumper as Kyle Lowry connects for a clutch jump shot to secure the win for Toronto.  The Toronto Raptors would defeat the Milwaukee Bucks with a 106-100 win, as they tie the series, 1-1.  DeMar DeRozan would finish with twenty-three points, seven rebounds and three assists.  Kyle would settle for twenty-two points, four rebounds and five assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with twenty-four points, fifteen rebounds (his new Playoff career-high) and seven assists (his new Playoff career-high).