RAPTORS GET ROUTED BY BUCKS
Toronto down in series after 104-77 loss
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.