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Raptors defeat the Bucks in Game 5

October 19 2017, 11:45 | Van Peters

Raptors defeat the Bucks in Game 5

Toronto Raptors Norman Powell

Over the weekend, the Boston Celtics evened up their series vs the Chicago Bulls, somewhat vindicating their regular season record in the East, but after Watching the Raptors run rickshaw over the Bucks 118-93, there's little question that they're the team that can challenge LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the conference.

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan came to the interview stage after their win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night and they insisted that Norm Powell sit between them. It would be, he said, something they could only learn by trying: "We have to walk through that door", he said.

"Win or lose, we are here with you".

Raptors: The Raptors finished with 28 assists, one shy of their season-high. They passed to each other and they fought for each other.

All in all, there was a united front. But results are all that matter to him.

"The most important thing is the win". The over/under total for the game is listed at 192 points.

"It's something that is in our minds, going on the road and understanding how they may feel and we've got to go out there and really treat it like a Game 7", DeRozan said.

DeMarre Carroll was another redemption story, scoring 12 points, along with six rebounds and a couple of steals. In addition, he's played aggressive defense on Khris Middleton and made it tough on him on the perimeter.

"For me, it's all about just preparing myself, setting expectations, setting a goal for me and not stopping until I reach it", Powell said.

Collectively - that was the key. Powell was inserted into the starting line-up prior to game four and the team is now 2-0 since the shuffle.

It didn't take him long to get ready once he got to the league after his four-year career at UCLA. He is shooting 2-for-12 from inside the 3-point arc, and just 1-for-6 from within 10 feet.

"It's got to be a confidence builder", said Casey on the balanced scoring his team displayed in the win.

Brogdon said Powell gives the Raptors better ball movement when he is in the game. But the team also picked up P.J. Tucker in a trade.

Having taken only 15 shots and scored 18 points in the first three games, he carried the load with Millsap struggling in the first half and Schroder watching from the bench. He finished ideal from long distance again, hitting four 3-pointers, but the highlight of his performance came in the fourth quarter. He is one of the toughest players to guard in the National Basketball Association because of his combination of length, skill and athleticism. Just admire this three ball he was thrust into with the shot clock expiring, and how it dropped, after bouncing around the rim, to keep himself ideal from long distance since being inserted into the starting five. He needs some help and we may just see his star rise even more next season. I thought he came in and did an excellent job. I probably got lucky on a few.

Antetokounmpo said Toronto was being physical, "just throwing bodies", and he was "just missing shots". "And we've got to be desperate and hungry". We've got plenty of time to prepare. "He has go-go Gadget arms". Should the Bucks pull out game five they can end the series at home in Game 6 and that would be the type of accomplishment this team needs.

Milwaukee selected Powell in 2015, then agreed to draft-night deal with the Raptors.

When Raptors coach Dwane Casey emptied his bench in the final two minutes, the Air Canada Centre crowd broke into a chant of "Raps in six!"

For Toronto to look like themselves in the playoffs is a wacky occurrence, and last night's game was no exception.

Raptors: Lowry started despite not being able to participate in shootaround because of a stiff back.

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