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Bucks up 2-0 after beating up on Raptors


Milwaukee leads its best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series against Toronto 2-0 after a 22-point victory in Game 2 at Fiserv Forum on Saturday (Australian time).

Giannis Antetokounmpo – the Bucks' best player and one of the favourites to win this year's MVP award – poured in 30 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the 125-103 route.

"I'm beyond fortunate to have Giannis," Milwaukee head coach Mike Budenholzer, said.

Milwaukee's bench came up big, with Ersan Ilyasova (17 points), Malcolm Brogdon (14) and George Hill (13) combining for 44 points.

"It was clearly his best game of the year," Budenholzer said of Ilyasova.

The Bucks took a 64-39 lead into the locker room and were never challenged after the main break.

Milwaukee shot just 46.7 per cent from the field and only made 31.7 per cent of their 41 three-point attempts, but it mattered little.

The Bucks had 11 offensive rebounds to Toronto’s six, and turned the ball over just seven times.

Milwaukee is now an impressive 10-1 this post-season and has outscored its opposition by 168 points.

Kawhi Leonard (31 points, eight rebounds) again paced the Raptors, while Kyle Lowry, who was huge in the Game 1 loss, added 15 points.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse, said: "We didn't do much well tonight."

The series now heads to Canada, with Game 3 to tip off in Toronto on Monday at 9am AEST.

Be sure to tune into our continued coverage of both the Western and Eastern Conference Finals on 1377 SEN+ and SEN 2

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