Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

DeRozan, defense key to Raptors win


DeMar DeRozan reverted back to his playmaking form, and the visiting Toronto Raptors reasserted themselves on defense to trip up Milwaukee.

The Raptors are headed back to Canada after winning a bruiser of a first-round playoff game Saturday against the Bucks.

DeRozan scored 33 points, and Kyle Lowry had 14 of his 18 points in the second half of Toronto’s victory to tie the Eastern Conference series at two games apiece.

The Raptors turned up their intensity before a hostile road crowd after getting embarrasse­d in a 27-point loss to Milwaukee in Game 3. They forced 21 turnovers.

“I’ve always said we play better with our backs against the wall,” coach Dwane Casey said. “It’s a tough way to live, but I love our team’s resilience and personalit­y.”

Game 5 is Monday at the Air Canada Centre.

Other game

Hawks 116, Wizards 98: Paul Millsap scored 29 points and Dennis Schroder had 27 as Atlanta broke out early against visiting Washington, cruising to a victory that sliced the Wizards’ series lead to 2-1.

Grizzlies 110, Spurs 108: Marc Gasol hit a jumper with seconds remaining in overtime to lead Memphis past visiting San Antonio and tie their series at 2-2. Gasol finished with 16 points. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 35 points.

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