MILWAUKEE – Khris Middleton led the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night to an easy 104-77 victory over the Toronto Raptors in game three of the Eastern Conference playoffs first round at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Middleton registered 20 points as the Bucks dominated the Raptors throughout to extend their series lead to 2-1.
Greg Monroe added to Middleton’s haul, posting 16 points and seven rebounds, while the Bucks defense never let the Raptors settle into any sort of rhythm, with Toronto star DeMar DeRozan limited to just eight points all game.
The Bucks were never truly tested on Thursday, managing to open up a 20-point lead by the end of the first quarter, extending that advantage to 27 by halftime, with the Raptors unable to mount any sort of response after the break.
With DeRozan enduring an off-night, the Raptors turned to Kyle Lowry and Delon Wright, who each posted 13 points as their team slumped to a demoralizing game three defeat.
The Raptors will be hoping to bounce back in game four of the best-of-seven series on Saturday in Milwaukee.