By Jeckloy Acosta
MANILA--Giannis Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Milwaukee Bucks bludgeoned the Toronto Raptors to grab a surprising 1-0 lead in seven-game long series with a 97-83 victory. Toronto had lost all their series-opener in the playoffs since 2008.
"The Greek Freak" exploded with 28 points. Bucks coach Jason Kidd says his mere presence created opportunities for the entire lineup.
“Giannis is a special player, and he can cause a problem by getting two or three guys on him,” Kidd said in the post-game news conference. “I thought our guys did a great job of sharing the ball.… They didn’t care who shot it or who made the shot. It was about making the right play.”
Rookie Malcolm Brogdon contributed with 16 points and six rebounds. Greg Monroe also finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds in his playoff debut.
Meanwhile, All-Star Kyle Lowry was on a slump as his awful display of 2-of-11 shooting hurt the team. The lack of offensive prowess made the Bucks propel and hold a 75-70 entering the fourth.
The Bucks continued the surge in the last quarter and took the 1-0 lead by 14 points.
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