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The Mavericks come back to take a 110-102 victory over the defending champions

The Mavericks come back to take a 110-102 victory over the defending champions

The Dallas Mavericks are currently in a bit of a funk as they hope to avoid a third straight loss tonight.  They are coming fresh off of a crushing 106-103 loss to Kristaps Porginzis’ former team, New York Knicks, on Thursday.  The Mavericks will hope to grab a win as they host the Toronto Raptors at the American Airlines Center this evening.

The Raptors, on the other hand, are coming off of a 114-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.  Tonight’s game will wrap up a five-game road trip for them as they go back home for the next two games.  This battle will mark the first of two meetings between the Raptors and the Mavericks this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Mavericks and the Raptors have played each other a grand total of 45 times in the past as the Mavericks won 25 games while the Raptors ended up winning 20 games.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

-Serge Ibaka (ankle; 14.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 52.4 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
-Kyle Lowry (thumb; 21.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 6.5 APG, 47.8 FG%, 42.6 3P%)
-Patrick McCaw (knee; 4.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Dewan Hernandez (coach’s decision)
-Stanley Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Shamorie Ponds (G-League)
-Oshae Brissett (G-League)

Dallas Mavericks:

-J.J. Barea (coach’s decision; 11.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%)
-Courtney Lee (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 7.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 51.7 FG%)
-Antonius Cleveland (G-League)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League)
-Josh Reaves (G-League)
-Ryan Broekhoff (1.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Raptors would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from his field, keeping the home team at thirty-nine percent shooting.  Both Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet scored 13 points each, both knocking down three treys.  Powell had five defensive rebounds while VanVleet had two defensive rebounds and four assists.

Pascal Siakam helped out with 11 points but shot only thirty-three percent from the field.  He had two three-pointers while recording 4 assists, one steal, and one block.  Three-time All-Star Marc Gasol was held to just six points but drilled a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Matt Thomas played the most minutes off the bench as he had ten points.

On the other end of the court, Luka Doncic warmed up with 15 points, missing only three of his seven shots put up.  He also had four rebounds, four assists, and one steal, but ended turning the ball over five times.  Porzingis contributed with eight points while grabbing eight rebounds.  Seth Curry saw to it that he got six points, all of which he earned from beyond the arc.  Tim Hardaway Jr. played 11 minutes off the bench but only recorded four points as the Canada team went into halftime with a 60-53 advantage.

The Texas ball club would take over in the second half as they went on a huge 57-42 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  The Mavericks’ defense limited the Raptors to thirty-seven percent shooting.  During this run, Porzingis added 12 more points to his scoring total while collecting seven rebounds.  Doncic earned 11 points, getting nine of them from the free-throw line.  Delon Wright played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points.

As for the Toronto Raptors, Powell and VanVleet combined for 24 more points while OG Anunoby had eight points.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played 15 minutes off the bench but only had six points as the Mavericks came back to take the game, 110-102.  Luka Doncic finished the game with 26 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals while Norman Powell also had 26 points, along with 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Toronto Raptors will host Devonte’ Graham (18.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 7.5 APG, 39.6 FG%, 38.9 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (5-7) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of four meetings between these two teams this season.

The Dallas Mavericks will host DeMar DeRozan (20.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.8 APG, 51.9 FG%, 00.0 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (5-7) on Monday at 8:30 p.m.  This will be the first of four times that these teams will see each other this season.

 

The Denver Nuggets prove they’re the best with a 95-86 win over the Toronto Raptors

The Denver Nuggets prove they’re the best with a 95-86 win over the Toronto Raptors

The best team in the Eastern Conference and the best team in the Western Conference will meet up tonight to battle it out in a must-see.  The Toronto Raptors will travel to Colorado to take on the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.  Neither team has lost more than ten games this season and have yet to lose five or more in a row.  The Raptors are coming off a 128-122 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers while the Nuggets are looking for their third straight victory.

The Toronto Raptors and the Denver Nuggets have battled each other a grand total of 45 times in the past as the Raptors won 18 games while the Nuggets went on to win 27 games.  This matchup will mark the second and final meeting between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 3 when the Nuggets pulled out with a 106 to 103 victory.  During that game, Nikola Jokic scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished off 15 assists, and committed 2 steals while Kawhi Leonard had 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

-Kyle Lowry (back; 14.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 10.0 APG, 43.6 FG%, 33.0 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-Norman Powell (shoulder; 5.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 47.6 FG%, 40.9 3P%, 75.0 FT%)
-Pascal Siakam (back; 14.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.7 APG, 60.4 FG%, 36.7 3P%, 78.4 FT%)
-Jonas Valanciunas (thumb; 12.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.0 APG, 57.5 FG%, 30.0 3P%, 81.9 FT%)
-Jordan Loyd (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Fred VanVleet (back; 9.7 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.5 APG, 42.5 FG%, 36.7 3P%, 76.9 FT%)

Denver Nuggets:

-Will Barton (hip/core; 16.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 57.1 FG%, 55.6 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Gary Harris (hip; 16.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 43.8 FG%, 32.4 3P%, 79.1 FT%)
-Paul Millsap (foot; 13.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 49.8 FG%, 40.0 3P%, 72.7 FT%)
-Michael Porter (back)
-Isaiah Thomas (hip)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (foot)
-Brandon Goodwin (coach’s decision)
-Tyler Lydon (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-Thomas Welsh (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 66.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Toronto Raptors would have the slight upper hand during the first half as they connected for 47 percent of their shots while the Denver Nuggets completed 35 percent.  Kawhi Leonard scored ten points in the beginning half while grabbing 6 rebounds and dishing off two assists.  Serge Ibaka also had ten points as he earned three of them from beyond the arc in the second quarter.  New York-native Danny Green chipped in with 7 points while Delon Wright had eight points.  OG Anunoby played nine minutes off the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer early in the second period.

On the other end of the floor, Nikola Jokic chalked up ten points of his own while shooting 40 percent from the field.  Jamal Murray, who is averaging 18 points a game this season, was limited to just a trey in the first quarter.  Mason Plumlee would score six points while Juancho Hernangomez was held scoreless.  Monte Morris played the most minutes off the bench but only dropped five points while the visiting team went into halftime with a 47-39 advantage.

The Colorado team would enter the second half with the mindset of completing a comeback, sparking up a 56 to 39 run.  During that run, Murray made up for his poor first-half performance, lighting the floor up with 16 points, knocking down two treys in the process.  He would finish the contest with a total of nineteen points.  Jokic also had 16 points as he collected six rebounds and gave out two assists.

Torrey Craig earned himself eight points while hitting two three-pointers in the third quarter.  Hernangomez would continue to struggle in the game as he only scored two points, all coming from the free-throw line.  Monte Morris played 22 minutes off the bench as he had seven points, including a three-pointer in the third.

As for the Canada team, Leonard stayed hot as he dropped nineteen more points, hitting a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Wright helped out with seven points but it wouldn’t matter as the Denver Nuggets come back from an eight-point deficit to win the game, 95-86.  Nikola Jokic finished the game with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals while Kawhi Leonard had 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Toronto Raptors will host Victor Oladipo (20.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 5.0 APG, 43.4 FG%, 33.6 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (19-10) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This game will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.  The Raptors would win the regular-season series last season, 3-1.

The Denver Nuggets will host Harrison Barnes (17.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.4 3P%) and the Dallas Mavericks (15-12) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the first of three meetings between these ball clubs during this season.  Last season, both the Nuggets and Mavericks tied the regular-season series up at 2 apiece.

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

Tonight’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors will mark the fifth game in their playoff series.  The first game was on April 14 when the Raptors defeated the Wizards with a 114-106 score.  During that game, Serge Ibaka scored twenty-three points, grabbed twelve rebounds, gave out one assist and blocked two shots while John Wall had twenty-three points, three rebounds, fifteen assists, four steals and two blocks.  The Raptors would also take Game 2 as they pulled out a 130-119 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished that game with thirty-seven points, five rebounds, and four assists while John Wall had twenty-nine points, four rebounds, nine assists and one block.

The Washington Wizards would make a desperate comeback as they handed the Raptors a 122-103 blowout loss in Game 3.  During that game, Bradley Beal scored twenty-eight points, pulled down four rebounds, dished out four assists and committed three steals.  John Wall also had twenty-eight points, along with seven rebounds, fourteen assists, four steals and one block while DeRozan finished with twenty-three points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.  Game 4 would also be a victory for the Washington team as they snuck away with a 106 to 98 win.  Beal had thirty-one points in that game, along with five rebounds and two assists while DeRozan had thirty-five points, six rebounds, six assists and one steal.  The Wizards will look to take a 3-2 lead in the series as they travel back to Canada to battle the Raptors for Game 5.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

Jodie Meeks (suspension; 6.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.9 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
Jason Smith (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 39.1 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Chris McCullough (2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 42.9 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Ramon Sessions (4.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 35.9 FG%, 30.8 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Fred VanVleet (shoulder; 8.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 42.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
Lorenzo Brown (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 41.2 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 53.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 61.3 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be somewhat competitive as the Toronto Raptors shot forty-five percent from the field while the Washington Wizards shot thirty-eight percent.  DeMar DeRozan would get extremely hot as he scored twenty points which included two three-pointers.  He also had two assists while Kyle Lowry contributed with seven points which held a three-pointer in the second period.  Lowry had two defensive rebounds and three assists while Jonas Valanciunas earned himself six points, six rebounds, and two blocks.  Meanwhile, Serge Ibaka was kept to just two points on thirty-three percent shooting while OG Anunoby was held scoreless.  California-native Delon Wright played twelve minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points.

As for the visiting team, John Wall saw to it that he got twelve points while grabbing five defensive rebounds, dishing off four assists and committing one steal.  Bradley Beal would help out with eight points which included a three-pointer at the end of the second quarter.  Beal also had three defensive rebounds and three assists while Otto Porter threw up seven points on fifty percent shooting.  Kelly Oubre played the most minutes out of Washington’s reserves but was restricted to five points as the Raptors went into halftime with a tight 48 to 47 lead.

The Canada team would close things out in the second half, though, as they sparked up a 60-51 run while shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  In the course of that run, DeRozan received twelve points which carried a three-pointer near the end of the third quarter.  The 20th pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft Delon Wright assisted with eleven points on a high sixty percent shooting.  On the other end of the court, John Wall chalked up fourteen points but that wouldn’t be enough as the Toronto Raptors take a 3-2 series lead with a 108-98 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with thirty-two points, two rebounds, and five assists while John Wall had twenty-six points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three blocks.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, completing a 4-0 series sweep

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, completing a 4-0 series sweep

Tonight marked the fourth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  The defending champions have not lost a game yet during these playoffs.  Game 1 of this series would end with a Cleveland victory, 116 to 105.  In that game, LeBron James would score thirty-five points, pull down ten rebounds and dish off four assists.  Kyle Lowry would put up twenty points, two rebounds and eleven assists.  The second game would be a defeat for the Raptors again, as they are handed a 125-103 loss.  LeBron James ended with thirty-nine points, six rebounds and four assists.  Jonas Valanciunas would settle for twenty-three points and five rebounds.  The Cleveland team would win the last game, as well, pulling away with a 115 to 94 win.  LeBron James would chalk up thirty-five points, eight rebounds and seven assists.  DeMar DeRozan would score thirty-seven points, pull down two rebounds and throw out three assists.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would look to complete a 4-0 sweep tonight as they face the Raptors in the Air Canada Centre.

The game would start off right for both teams as the Raptors would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Cavaliers would shoot fifty percent.  LeBron James would light the floor up with ten points, including one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds, along with three assists.  Kyrie Irving would shoot forty-three percent from the field, only earning six points.  Channing Frye would come off the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  As for the Canada team, Serge Ibaka would chalk up seven points which would hold one three-pointer.  Former Suns player, P.J. Tucker, would put up five points which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for five rebounds while shooting forty percent from the field.  DeMar DeRozan would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to five points.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while dishing off four assists as both teams went into the second quarter with a tied game, 28 to 28.  The Ohio team would go on a 33-21 run in the second quarter as Kyle Korver would get hot for sixteen points, earning twelve of them from beyond the arc.  James would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he is rewarded six points in return.  Deron Williams would come off the bench to put up five points, which would include one three-pointer.  On the other end of the floor, Cory Joseph would throw up seven points but it was the Cavaliers who walk into halftime with a commanding 61-49 advantage.

The Toronto team would return the favor as they go on a 31 to 24 run in the third period, shooting fifty-five percent from the field as a team, limiting the Cavaliers to forty-three percent.  DeRozan would chalk up nine points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He would also give out two assists while Ibaka would also shoot sixty percent, earning himself seven points in return.  As for the defending champions, James would keep his team in it as he adds ten more points to his scoring total, including two three-pointers.  Irving would contribute with seven points and two assists as the Cavaliers would enter the fourth quarter with a 85-80 lead.  The visiting team would finish things off as four-time All-Star, Kyrie Irving, would heat up for eleven points which would hold one three-pointer.  Tucker would try to keep his Canada team in it as he knocks down two three-pointers but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who defeat the Toronto Raptors with a 109 to 102 score, completing the 4-0 series sweep.  LeBron James finished with thirty-five points, nine rebounds and six assists.  Serge Ibaka would finish with twenty-three points, two rebounds and one assist.

The Cleveland Cavaliers destroy the Toronto Raptors, taking 3-0 lead in series

The Cleveland Cavaliers destroy the Toronto Raptors, taking 3-0 lead in series

Tonight marked the third game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the defending champions as they defeat the Raptors, 116 to 105.  In that game, LeBron James finished with thirty-five points, ten rebounds and four assists.  Kyle Lowry would chalk up twenty points, two rebounds and eleven assists.  The Cavaliers would win the second game, as well, beating the Canada team with a 125-103 score.  LeBron James scored thirty-nine points, grabbed six rebounds and dished off four assists.  Jonas Valanciunas would settle for twenty-three points and five rebounds.  The Raptors would look to avoid dropping to 0-3 in the series as they host the Cavaliers in the Air Canada Centre tonight.

The game would start off right for the visiting team as Kevin Love would put up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also grab three rebounds as point guard Kyrie Irving would contribute with seven points and three defensive rebounds.  LeBron James would shoot fifty percent from the field, earning himself six points while J.R. Smith would knock down a three-pointer.  As for the Raptors, Serge Ibaka would throw up eight points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  The first-round pick in the 2011 draft, Jonas Valanciunas, would drop eight points himself, along with two rebounds.  DeMar DeRozan would also contribute with eight points and two assists but it was the Ohio team that ended the first quarter with a 28-24 lead.  The Raptors would return the favor as they go on a 28 to 21 run in the second quarter, shooting fifty-five percent as a team while limiting the Cavaliers to thirty percent.  During that run, DeMar DeRozan would light the floor up with thirteen points, along with one rebound, one assist and three steals.  Norman Powell would contribute to the run with six points, while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Former Thunder player, Serge Ibaka, would score four points while Cory Joseph, P.J. Tucker and Jonas Valanciunas would each collect three rebounds and three assists.  As for the Cleveland team, LeBron James would chalk up ten points which would include one three-pointer.  J.R. Smith, Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver would each knock down one three-pointer but it was the home team that went into halftime with a 52-49 lead.

DeMar DeRozan would come out of the locker room hot as he goes off for fifteen points, shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  Norman Powell would contribute with five points, which would include one three-pointer.  On the other end of the court, LeBron James would collect six more points to add to his scoring total.  Kevin Love would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning six points in the process.  Irving would receive six points, along with Kyle Korver’s two three-pointers as the Cavaliers regain the lead, 79-77, at the end of the third quarter.  The visiting team would close things out in the fourth as LeBron James continues to put on a scoring display, dropping thirteen points, including one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for five defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Valanciunas would try to keep his Canada team in it as he puts up ten points but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers that destroy the Toronto Raptors, 115 to 94, taking a 3-0 lead in the series.  LeBron James would finish with thirty-five points, eight rebounds and seven assists.  DeMar DeRozan would settle for thirty-seven points (his new Playoff career-high), two rebounds and three assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, taking 2-0 lead in series

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, taking 2-0 lead in series

Last night marked the second game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  Game 1, which was held in Cleveland, would be a 116 to 105 win for the Cavaliers.  In that game, LeBron James would score thirty-five points, pull down ten rebounds and dish off four assists.  Kyle Lowry would finish with twenty points, two rebounds and eleven assists.  The Raptors looked to even the series up as they faced off in Cleveland again.

The defending champions would start the game off on the right foot as they shoot seventy-one percent from the field, limiting the Canada team to forty-two percent.  Kevin Love would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, dropping seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Channing Frye would come off the bench to put seven points, as well, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points which he would all collect from beyond the arc.  As for the other team, Jonas Valanciunas would come off the bench to shoot eighty-three percent from the field, earning himself ten points.  DeMar DeRozan would play for the entire quarter only to be held scoreless as the Cleveland Cavaliers end the first quarter with a 34 to 22 lead.  Cleveland would continue to dominate as LeBron James gets hot for fifteen points in the second quarter, which would contain two three-pointers.  He would shoot seventy-one percent from the field as Kyrie Irving contributes with a three-pointer.  Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye would both come off the bench to put up one three-pointer each.  They would both shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as Valanciunas would continue to drop points, trying to keep his Raptors team in it.  He would chalk up nine points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but it was the home team that entered halftime with a huge 62-48 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as three-time champion, LeBron James, would continue to put on a scoring display as he puts up seventeen points which would hold two three-pointers.  He would shoot eighty percent from the field as Kyrie Irving would get hot for twelve points, which would hold two three-pointers.  Tristan Thompson would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he throws up five points.  On the other end of the court, Serge Ibaka would shoot eighty-three percent from the field as he would chalk up ten points, along with five rebounds.  California-native, Norman Powell, would contribute with six points but it was the Cavaliers who walk into the last quarter with a large 99-73 lead.  The Canada team would attempt to come back as they go on a 30 to 26 run.  During that run, Cory Joseph would come off the bench to light the floor up with eighteen points, collecting six of those points from behind the three-point line.  He would shoot eighty-eight percent from the field as DeRozan would be limited to four points.  Delon Wright would come off the bench to put up four points but it was the Ohio team that closed things out as Iman Shumpert came off the bench to put up nine points.  Channing Frye would contribute with eight points which would contain two three-pointers as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors with a 125 to 103 score, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  In this game, LeBron James would pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the number two scorer in NBA playoff history.  LeBron James finished with thirty-nine points, six rebounds and four assists.  Jonas Valanciunas would finish with twenty-three points and five rebounds.

The Toronto Raptors hold on to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, winning the series 4-2

The Toronto Raptors hold on to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, winning the series 4-2

Last night marked Game 6 between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks in their playoff series.  For the most part, this series has been going back and forth with the Bucks being the favorites to make it out.  In Game 1, the Bucks would beat the Raptors with a 97 to 83 score.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three.  DeMar DeRozan would put up twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and one assist.  Game 2 would be a win for the Raptors as they pull away with a 106 to 100 win.  DeMar DeRozan scored twenty-three points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off three rebounds.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would chalk up twenty-four points, fifteen rebounds and seven assists.  In the third game, Milwaukee would bounce back as they hand Toronto a 104-77 blowout loss.  Khris Middleton would end up with twenty points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Kyle Lowry would put up thirteen points, five rebounds and two assists.  Delon Wright would settle for thirteen points as well, along with six rebounds and two assists.  The Canada team would bounce back as they defeat the Bucks with a 87 to 76 score.  DeMar DeRozan scored thirty-three points, grabbed nine rebounds and threw out five assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would settle for fourteen points, nine rebounds and four assists.  Greg Monroe would chalk up fourteen points as well, along with nine rebounds and one assist.  The Raptors would win the last game as well, handing the Wisconsin team a 118 to 93 loss.  In that game, Norman Powell would put up twenty-five points, four rebounds and four assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would end up with thirty points, eight rebounds and three assists.  The Milwaukee Bucks looked to survive for another game as they faced the Toronto Raptors in the BMO Harris Bradley Center last night.

The game would start off right for the Toronto Raptors as DeMar DeRozan drops ten points in the beginning quarter, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  The first-round pick in the 2011 draft, Jonas Valanciunas, would come off the bench to collect six points along with four rebounds.  Kyle Lowry would play for ten minutes only to be held to two points.  On the other end of the court, Giannis Antetokounmpo would get hot for fourteen points, shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He would also crash the boards for three rebounds.  Former Pistons player, Khris Middleton, would contribute with six points which would contain one three-pointer but it was the visiting team that ended the first quarter with a 28 to 24 lead.  Things would not get any brighter for the home team as the Raptors spark a huge 23-14 run in the second period.  During that run, DeRozan would put up six points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Former Rockets player, Patrick Patterson, would come the bench to knock down one three-pointer and two free-throws to earn himself five points.  Serge Ibaka would contribute with six rebounds and four points, as he shot twenty-five percent from the field.  Delon Wright would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only collect four points.  As for the Milwaukee team, Matthew Dellavedova would come off the bench to put up six points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Antetokounmpo would only be limited to four points and three rebounds as the Raptors head into halftime with a commanding 51-38 advantage.

Giannis Antetokounmpo would come into the third quarter to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, as he would chalk up nine points, collecting three of those from beyond the arc.  Middleton would contribute with two assists and five points, which included one three-pointer.  Former Cavaliers player, Matthew Dellavedova, would come off the bench to earn five points of his own which held one three-pointer.  As for the Canada team, DeMar DeRozan would chalk up seven points, along with one rebound and three steals.  Kyle Lowry would continue to struggle as he would only score six points in the ten minutes that he played.  Three of those points would come from behind the three-point line as he shot a perfect one-hundred from the field.  Norman Powell, DeMarre Carroll and Serge Ibaka would all contribute with three points, earning them all from beyond the arc as the Raptors walk into the last quarter with a 74-61 lead.  The Milwaukee Bucks would come back as they go on a large 28 to 18 run in the fourth period.  2011 NBA champion, Jerry Terry, would come off the Bucks bench to drop eight points which would contain two three-pointers.  He would also crash the boards for four rebounds, along with one steal and one block.  Antetokounmpo would collect seven more points to add to his scoring total while Middleton knocks down a three-pointer and three free-throws, earning himself six points.

With only two minutes left in the game, the Bucks would eventually lead, 82 to 80.  After a Patterson dunk and a three-point jumper from Cory Joseph, the Raptors would lead again by three.  Jason Terry would connect for a much-needed three-pointer off of a Khris Middleton assist to cut the deficit to two points.  But after DeMar DeRozan successful knocks down three out of his four free-throws, the Toronto Raptors would hold on to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks with a 92-89 victory, winning the series, 4-2.  DeMar DeRozan would finish with thirty-two points, four rebounds and three assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with thirty-four points (his new Playoff career-high), nine rebounds and three assists.

The Toronto Raptors hand the Milwaukee Bucks a blowout loss, taking 3-2 lead in series

The Toronto Raptors hand the Milwaukee Bucks a blowout loss, taking 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked Game 5 between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  This has been going back and forth as the series would be tied at 2-2 after Game 4.  In the first game, the Bucks would defeat the Raptors with a 97 to 83 win.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.  DeMar DeRozan would finish with twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and one assist.  Raptors would bounce back as Game 2 would be a victory for them, 106 to 100.  DeMar DeRozan would score twenty-three points, seven rebounds and three assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would chalk up twenty-four points, fifteen rebounds and seven assists.  The Bucks wold end up winning Game 3 with a 104-77 score.  Khris Middleton ended up with twenty points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Kyle Lowry would put up thirteen points, five rebounds and two assists.  Delon Wright finished with thirteen points, six rebounds and two assists.  Toronto would defeat Milwaukee in the last game with a 87 to 76 victory.  DeMar DeRozan scored thirty-three points, nine rebounds and five assists.  Tony Snell finished the game with nineteen points and four rebounds.  Each team looked to take a lead in the series last night as they faced off in Toronto.

The game would start off right for the home team as Norman Powell would drop nine points, collecting two of those from behind the 3-point line.  Former Thunder player, Serge Ibaka, would also score nine points which included one 3-pointer.  He would also grab three rebounds and give out two assists.  Kyle Lowry would play for eight minutes, only to be held scoreless but he would get off one assist.  On the other end of the court, rookie Malcolm Brogdon would knock down two 3-pointers, earning himself six points while Greg Monroe would come off the bench to chalk up six points, as well.  Antetokounmpo would play for seven minutes and only score three points but he would pull down three rebounds as the Raptors end the first period with a 31-20 lead.  Things would start to look better for the visiting team as All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo lights the floor up with thirteen points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Thon Maker would shoot fifty percent from the field and score four points off of that.  As for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry would go off for twelve points, which would contain two 3-pointers.  Both former Spurs player Cory Joseph and former Rockets player Patrick Patterson would come off the bench to each drop five points.  Patterson would earn three of this points from beyond the arc as the Canada team would enter halftime with a 57-48 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the Wisconsin team as the Raptors go on a 33 to 25 run in the third period.  During that run, Norman Powell would continue to put on a scoring display as he puts up twelve points, collecting two of those from behind the arc.  DeMarre Carroll, Serge Ibaka and DeMar DeRozan would each contribute to the Toronto run with five points of their own.  Kyle Lowry would struggle again as he is held scoreless for nine minutes.  On the other end, Antetokounmpo would score six points but it was the Raptors who enter the last period with a huge 90-73 lead.  The home team would finish things off in the last quarter as bench player Jonas Valanciunas and DeRozan each dropped five points.  DeRozan would receive three of his from behind the 3-point lead as the Raptors hand the Bucks a 118 to 93 blowout, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.  Norman Powell would finish with twenty-five points (his new Playoff career-high), four rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high) and four assists (tying his Playoff career-high).  Giannis Antetokounmpo would end up with thirty points (his new Playoff career-high), nine rebounds and three 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 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).