The Bucks would eventually take a three-point lead and the crowd was deafening. The Bucks came in prepared in game one and destroyed the Raptors in game three.
Thursday night's exhausting, excruciating, close-but-not-close-enough, season-ending loss surely still stings for the Bucks, who came back from 25 points down in the third quarter to take a late lead but ultimately fell just short in their Game 6 playoff defeat to the Raptors.
Finally getting past the first round last season, they fell to the eventual National Basketball Association champion Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 in the conference finals.
Dwane Casey has always said that the Raptors go as Lowry and DeRozan go. "Understanding he can't wait, he's got to go to score it, we've got to find a three, or he's got to shoot a three".
Afterward, head coach Jason Kidd said it was a growth experience for his young and still-developing team.
Toronto snapped a five-game losing streak in Game 6s, earning a couple extra days off to rest for the Cavaliers. "Simple plays like that are just something we need to work more on and have more of them".
Joseph's 3 with 1:27 left put the Raptors up for good, 85-82. Two foul shots from Joseph with 33.9 seconds extended the lead to seven. But then Tony Snell threw the ball away on the inbounds, ending the series and the Bucks' season. "Give them credit, they slowed us down".
The Raptors trailed early as Antetokounmpo scored the first eight points for the Bucks and Milwaukee had a quick six-point lead. He had 34 points.
Two years later, Milwaukee was thought to be a sleeper after the Bucks finished.500 in Kidd's first season at the helm, but again they faltered the next season and missed the playoffs.
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A 9-of-18 showing from the foul line in the fourth quarter hurt, too. What it did show us, though, is that the Bucks, as now constructed, need a lot more help around him. We just had to sustain it.
But Toronto gradually took control and led, 51-38, at halftime behind 16 points from DeRozan.
"I was just trying to be aggressive and my teammates were setting great picks for me", France's Parker said. "I know what we have in that locker room, and that's some fighters and scrappers".
Powell scored 12 points on 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc as he allowed the Raptors to space the floor out more than they did with Valanciunus on the court. "I don't like the end results - it could have been way better - but you live with the results and you learn".
"One thing I do like is Memphis is a heck of a defensive team and they play rock 'em, sock 'em".
Kyle Lowry is still a big question mark; he finished with 13 points and four assists in 44 minutes.
Toronto completed a 4-2 series victory over the Bucks in the opening round of the play-offs after winning 92-89 at BMO Harris Bradley Center, but it was far less comfortable than it should have been. A season ago, James averaged 26.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists on 62 percent shooting against the Raptors in Cleveland's Eastern Conference Finals win.