NBA playoffs: Raptors vs. Bucks Game 3

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MILWAUKEE — Khris Middleton scored 20 points and the Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors for a 104-77 win on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

Greg Monroe added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bucks, who held DeMar DeRozan without a basket and never looked back after leading by 20 points after the first quarter.

Making this blowout even more impressive was that they barely needed All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo. He finished with 19 points and eight boards. Game 4 is Saturday back at the Bradley Center.

With raucous fans wearing black Bucks giveaway T-shirts to match the players' uniforms, Milwaukee put on a dominating display of basketball worthy of the team's "Fear the Deer" slogan.

The Raptors looked frazzled after shooting 4 of 18 in the first quarter. Kyle Lowry had 13 points.

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Greg Monroe #15
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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Greg Monroe #15 of the Milwaukee Bucks works against Patrick Patterson #54 of the Toronto Raptors during the first half of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Michael Beasley #9
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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Michael Beasley #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks takes a three-point shot against the Toronto Raptors during the first half of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Michael Beasley #9
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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Michael Beasley #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to a three-point shot against the Toronto Raptors during the first half of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34
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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors during the first half of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (front) watches his
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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (front) watches his shot go behind the basket as Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe (rear) defends during the first half of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference first round playoff game three between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 20 April 2017.

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Michael Beasley #9
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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Michael Beasley #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to a three-point shot against the Toronto Raptors during the first half of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Greg Monroe #15
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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Greg Monroe #15 of the Milwaukee Bucks takes a shot during the first half of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Raptors during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers attends
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Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers attends Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Malcolm Brogdon #13
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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Malcolm Brogdon #13 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors during the first half of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Khris Middleton #22
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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives around DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors during the first half of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton (bottom) tries to
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Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton (bottom) tries to hold onto a loose ball as Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (top) reaches for it during the first half of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference first round playoff game three between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 20 April 2017. EPA/TANNEN MAURY

Milwaukee Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova of Australia (L)
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Milwaukee Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova of Australia (L) shoots in front of Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph of Canada (R) during the first half of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference first round playoff game three between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 20 April 2017. EPA/TANNEN MAURY

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Head coach Jason
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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Head coach Jason Kidd of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to an official's call during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Raptors during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Michael Beasley #9
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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Michael Beasley #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks is fouled by Jakob Poeltl #42 of the Toronto Raptors during the first half of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka of the Democratic
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Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (C) scores between Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe (L) and Milwaukee Bucks forward Michael Beasley (R) during the first half of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference first round playoff game three between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 20 April 2017.

Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan drives past Milwaukee Bucks'
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Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Tony Snell and Thon Maker during the first half of game 3 of their NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Bucks' Greg Monroe blocks the shot of
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Milwaukee Bucks' Greg Monroe blocks the shot of Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry during the first half of game 3 of their NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Milwaukee.

Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas tries to shoot past
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Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas tries to shoot past Milwaukee Bucks' Thon Maker during the first half of game 3 of their NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Milwaukee.

Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas tries to drive past
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Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas tries to drive past Milwaukee Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon (13) and Thon Maker during the first half of game 3 of their NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Bucks' Greg Monroe and Toronto Raptors' Serge
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Milwaukee Bucks' Greg Monroe and Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka battle for a loose ball during the first half of game 3 of their NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Milwaukee.

Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka and Milwaukee Bucks' Khris
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Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka and Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton battle for a loose ball during the first half of game 3 of their NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Milwaukee.

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