Lowry bounces back, Raptors edge Bucks to even series at 1-1

DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Serge Ibaka added 13 of his 16 in the second half and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 5-1 when playing Game 2 of a playoff series on their home court. "Being aggressive", Lowry said. Something had to change on Tuesday, and it did.

The Jazz, like the Bucks and Bulls, pulled off the road upset in Game 1 and will try and take a 2-0 over the LA Clippers back to Utah. The way he played, though, it was clear that he didn't have to force anything in order to be effective. This series looks like it'll be a battle from start to finish. This was his usual, efficient, All-Star-caliber self, and he rejected the notion that he'd made some big adjustment. Yet they just barely escaped with a win.

"Going out there and taking my shots".

"When I woke up this morning I didn't know", Ibaka said. "I got aggressive early, and then in the second half, DeMar got himself going". Maybe their personal stat lines didn't pop, but Serge Ibaka's six assists and the team's 14-of-29 mark from deep were both products of DeRozan and Lowry adjusting their calculus of Milwaukee's swarming defense. They were up 102-100, with one play to essentially seal it.

DeRozan broke the tie with a jumper and, after missed 3-pointers by Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova, Tucker missed a pair of free throws. "He's a self-starter", Casey said after tip-off on Tuesday.

Dwane Casey didn't sound surprised that Lowry turned in an antithetical performance to the one he posted on Saturday.

"That's just his competitive edge", Casey said.

"I've been in the trenches with him before and he's always bounced back". He's a competitor, he's a fighter.

"I just knew that he wasn't going to be satisfied the way he played in the first game".

"He's human. Everyone has a night like that". "You just can't panic every time a guy has a tough night", he continued. "They had some leads and we came back". "Just getting out there, being a soldier, doing the things he was able to do for us, especially defensively".

Lowry's return to form was a reflection of his mindset and the team's collective approach.

By beating the Bucks in transition and by moving the ball to the open man, the Raptors were forcing pace and not allowing Milwaukee to determine tempo. If he had actually tried to take over instead of picking his spots, it would have been disastrous. A nine-point lead in the second quarter after a flurry of three-pointers and open jumpers. When facing single coverage, he attacked the basket and made Milwaukee send help.

"They had everybody back", Kidd said. We got some great looks - the ball goes halfway down and comes out. You gotta kick out. Their length is their strength.

For the majority of the game, Toronto did that. It had 24 assists on 37 made field goals.

Despite scoring 17 of his 22 points in the first half, Lowry contributed in a big way in the final ten seconds of the game when he sank a key 20-foot jumper with eight seconds remaining in fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

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