Ibaka game-time decision for Game 2

The Bucks go into Game 2 on Tuesday night knowing they can do no worse than a split before the series returns to Milwaukee. Asked about the turnaround, he shrugged and said: "Just playing". That's just who he is. "Simple as that." The statement inspired little confidence, given Lowry needed two rounds to get out of his playoff shooting slump past year, but his head coach was not concerned at all. "I got to my spot and let it go".

Clippers: They made just eight trips to the free throw line. "Our spirit was great, and I think it just carried over into the first quarter, with everybody being aggressive". "I've always said it's a hard way to live".

"I thought we did a better job of moving the basketball", Casey said.

Elsewhere, Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and Rajon Rondo finished one rebound shy of a triple-double as Chicago beat the Boston 111-97 to take a 2-0 series lead.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 24 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.

"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.

"We got to find other ways to protect the paint". Ibaka is not a player who sits out a game, particularly a playoff game with anything less than a serious injury and his sprained ankle was not serious enough to keep him out. That's what we need. He plays a ton of minutes and takes a bunch of shots, how can you go wrong? "We did the right things, we had the right plays".

"It's big", DeRozan said. 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.

DeRozan scored 12 points in the first and Antetokounmpo made just one of six field goal attempts in the opening quarter as Toronto led 28-25.

The Raptors were able to tie up the series at 1-1, defeating the Bucks, 106-100. No one could have envisioned how this series has turned, how competitive these young Bucks have played, Jason Kidd's personality rubbing off on his team.

"We've got to have an automatic start and get out as soon as that ball goes up". The first quarter ended with the Raptors only up by three, despite 12 DeRozan points and the Bucks only shooting 38 percent. "He's trying to get back as quick as he can", Snyder said. Make sure you have every man available. You look at Malcolm, we say he doesn't play like a rookie. "You've got to kick out, you've got to make shots against those guys, their length is their strength".

Middleton hit a turnaround, fade-away jumper to cut the lead to two points with 3:24 to play in the quarter.

Toronto scored 84 points after three periods, one more than its overall total from Game 1.

The bigger change was the decision to bring second-year guard Delon Wright into the game and Wright gave Casey the kind of pick-up he was looking for with three assists and some game-opening ball movement the Raptors were lacking. They are the first National Basketball Association team since the Kansas City/Sacramento Kings 1981-2001 to lose nine consecutive series-opening games. Toronto scored 83 points in Game 1, and needed Lowry to catapult the offense in Game 2.

Antetokounmpo scored on a three-pointer - and flexed his biceps on his way back down the court - to tie the game with two minutes left.

Delly is a polarizing figure, and feels like he would be a starter on the Joakim Noah "I Hate This Guy (Unless He Plays On My Team) All Stars".

  • Julie Sanders