Toronto down in se­ries af­ter 104-77 loss

Montreal Gazette - - SPORTS -

Game 3 will go down as the mas­sacre in Mil­wau­kee.

Khris Mid­dle­ton scored 20 points while Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo added 19 points to power the Mil­wau­kee Bucks to a 104-77 rout of Toronto on Thurs­day that saw the Rap­tors dig them­selves a first-half hole the size of Wis­con­sin.

The Bucks, who are making their first post-sea­son ap­pear­ance in two years, now have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven open­ing round se­ries go­ing into Sat­ur­day’s Game 4 in Mil­wau­kee.

Kyle Lowry scored 13 points to top Toronto, while DeMar DeRozan man­aged just eight points — on zero-for-eight shoot­ing — be­fore the three-time all-stars took a seat for good mid­way through the fourth quar­ter.

Delon Wright had 13 points off the bench, while Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas had 11 points and seven re­bounds.

The Rap­tors — a no­to­ri­ously slow-start­ing team — man­aged just 12 points in the open­ing quar­ter, the sec­ond-low­est in fran­chise play­off his­tory. (They had nine points ver­sus Detroit in 2002).

Cava­liers 119, Pac­ers 114

LeBron James fin­ished with 41 points, 13 re­bounds and 12 as­sists and Cleve­land set an NBA post­sea­son record by eras­ing a 25-point half­time deficit to beat the Pac­ers in Indianapolis on Thurs­day and take a 3-0 lead.

James passed Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on the NBA’s ca­reer play­off scor­ing list and tied an­other NBA record by win­ning his 20th con­sec­u­tive first-round game.

The Cava­liers will try to sweep the se­ries Sun­day.

Cleve­land trailed by 26 in the first half and was still down 74-49 at half­time. The largest half­time deficit over­come to win a play­off game had been 21 points by Bal­ti­more against Philadel­phia in 1948.

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