Powell scores 25 as Raptors beat Bucks 118-93 in Game 5

The Raptors shot a sizzling 58 per cent on the night, and 44 per cent from three-point range.

There was that much at stake. The athleticism of the Bucks is a lot for the Raptors to handle.

And that's the thing with these Toronto Raptors.

"I think it's going to be a chess match for the next three games".

The question for the young Bucks team is how does it bounce back from this kind of loss in the biggest National Basketball Association game majority have ever played? Early in the series, Antetokounmpo was gliding from one side to another, scoring easy baskets and facilitating his teammates at will.

The victory means the questions wait for later.

"I'm alright-it's the playoffs", Lowry said after putting up 16 points and 10 assists.

But are the Raptors at a point in their maturation where they will actually take advantage of the opportunity? It was the first time the Raptors covered the spread in the series.

Golden State played for the second consecutive game without Coach Steve Kerr, who has been experiencing a flareup of symptoms stemming from back surgery a couple of years ago. For the first time this series, Milwaukee's offense looked startled.

The year before that was a disastrous four-game sweep by the Washington Wizards. Look for the Bucks to come with a better answer for this in Game 5. In their 60 minutes together in this series, per NBA.com, Lowry, DeRozan and Powell have outscored the Bucks by 20.1 points per 100 possessions.

This is the odd aspect for the Raptors. He started and the Warriors built a 72-48 lead by the end of the opening half. Their defensive improvement was staggering, plummeting the Bucks to the worst offensive rating by a team yet this series. He's a bulldog, a fighter, a stubborn player, and a star. With the season on the line, Powell spearheaded a 21-2 run that included a signature breakaway dunk that remains Powell's most iconic moment in the league to date. Now he says he's ready to play whenever his chance comes along. That's what the best of coaches do. "They can spread the floor better, everybody can attack, everybody can make plays". There's a real argument that, if the Raptors get past the Bucks, they should leave the starting lineup as-is against the Cleveland Cavaliers, especially the way Powell has been playing. Game 6 is in Milwaukee on Thursday.

Valanciunas' personal ledger to start the final frame read rebound, rebound, lay-up, free throw, dunk, rebound. The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the favorite is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. Something else was different compared to the last playoff game in the Cream City.

The 2017 NBA Playoffs continue on Monday night with a triple-header of action. It didn't matter how. Doesn't matter how many points you score, how many rebounds you grab.

A major overhaul is in order if the Toronto Raptors are eliminated in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. This team has been to the Eastern Conference finals, they've been there. They lost their way. They only had 87 points.

Lowry had a team high 12 points at the half, despite his troubled back, but what was most just as impressive was the manner in which Raptors scoring was spread out. Now, it would be nice if DeMarre Carroll, Patrick Patterson, Serge Ibaka, Cory Joseph and the like actually hit the 3s that open up for them, but at the very least: they've got to let fly. The kind of balance you rarely see from this or any other team.

Valanciunas said the Raptors won as a team Monday.

With a 51-31 record, the Raptors entered the Playoffs as the third seed and were paired against the sixth-ranked Bucks. Until Game 6, which like the five previous games, will have an identity all its own.

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