Many in the sellout crowd announced at 20,251 rose to their feet and chanted âRaps in six!â during the final minute of the game.
âIf we want to continue to play, if we want to push it to a Game 7, weâve got to win at home,â the Bucks rookie point guard Malcolm Brogdon said. âIf we donât come out and give the energy that we need to, then weâll lose and weâll be done.â
Pressed into action after Milwaukee routed Toronto, 104-77, in Game 3, Powell delivered a much-needed jolt of energy and athleticism as the Raptors ground out a victory in Game 4.
On Monday, Powell added scoring punch to his playoff rÃ©sumÃ©. He connected on all four of his 3-point attempts and brought the crowd to its feet with a baseline dunk over Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thon Maker in the fourth quarter.
âPowell has come in with a lot of energy on both sides of the ball, and theyâre feeding off of that,â Bucks Coach Jason Kidd said.
âHeâs playing extremely hard, and heâs knocking down shots. When you look at the stat sheet, heâs picked them up here the last couple of games just with his energy and his spirit.â
Brogdon said Powell has given Toronto more versatility.
âThey move the ball better with him in the game,â Brogdon said. âThey can spread the floor better, everybody can attack, everybody can make plays.â
DeMarre Carroll scored 12 points as all five Raptors starters reached double figures. Cory Joseph had 10 points off the bench for Toronto.
Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 30 points, a career playoff high, while Brogdon scored 19 and Greg Monroe 11.
Ibaka and Powell each scored 9 points in the first quarter, and the Raptors mounted a 17-0 run in building a 31-20 lead heading into the second. Milwaukee committed five turnovers in the first quarter, leading to 10 points for Toronto.
âOur defense kind of got hit again in the first quarter,â Kidd said. âWe knew they were going to come after us, we had to expect that, and we just couldnât respond.â
HAWKS 111, WIZARDS 101 Paul Millsap bounced back from a sluggish start to score 19 points, Dwight Howard had his best game of the postseason, and Atlanta pulled away from visiting Washington to even their opening-round playoff series at 2-2.
Howard, who was not a factor in the first three games, had a double-double by halftime and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds. The Hawks had seven players score in double figures, including big contributions off the bench from…