On Saturday, DeRozan made good on his promise, scoring 33 points to lift the Raptors to an 87-76 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks to send the best-of-seven series back to Toronto all tied up at two wins apiece.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was held to 14 points on 6-of-19 shooting, while also committing seven turnovers.
Lowry scored 13 points to top Toronto, while DeRozan went without a field goal in the playoffs for the first time in his career, managing just eight points on 0-for-8 shooting.
It also got another shooter into the game for the Raptors and Powell, who pulled a similar series-changing appearance in Game 5 against in, delivered with 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting and a huge charge he drew on a driving Maker late in the game when the Bucks still had designs on a comeback.
The game was tied at halftime before Toronto slowly edged away in the second half, building a 10-point lead with 4 minutes left on Norman Powell's 3-pointer.
ATLANTA - Paul Millsap scored 29 points, Dennis Schroder had 27 and the Atlanta Hawks delivered an early knockout blow against Washington, cruising to a victory that sliced the Wizards' lead to 2-1 in the opening-round playoff series. "That's the beauty of the game, it's always like chess or (checkers), whatever you want to play". "Nobody should have to go out and hype you up". A lot of us have been in this situation before with a lot of great players.
Tony Snell paced the Bucks with 19 points on the strength of five three-pointers. They'll be mad in Game 4, and this young Bucks team can't afford to bask in the afterglow. Khris Middleton dominated the defensive end with team-high 11 rebounds accompanied with 10 points.
The Raptors got no closer than 23 points the rest of the way.
The antics go along with the Bucks' hilarious move during the Raptors introductions before Game 3, as they taunted Toronto's players by playing the "Barney" theme song as their names were announced.
"We got our ass bust", Lowry finally said, when asked to sum up the Raptors' woeful performance. "He's making threes. That's something we've got to make sure we understand, and not let someone else have a big night". They were no longer the 50% three-point shooting team that looked locked in and ready to take down the No 3 seeded Raps. The Raptors were again a dominant force in the Eastern Conference as they had a 51-31 record and grabbed the third seed.
The two teams played a very tight first half: the score was equal after the first two quarters.
He said Saturday would be a different story and it was largely because of him, but also because the Raptors finally made a fist in his series and punched back.
Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka and Milwaukee Bucks' Thon Maker battle for a rebound during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Milwaukee.
"What I normally do is be aggressive, be physical and make it hard ... on the defensive end", Powell said.
In the second quarter, directly in front of a referee, a frustrated Lowry lashed out with his arm toward Dellavedova's head. Will he be able to will the Raptors onto the next round or will the Milwaukee Bucks stop the Raptors in their track? DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, who both average over 20 points, combined for just 21 points.