Bucks take first step towards NBA Finals
The Bucks took their first step towards the NBA Finals with a 108:100 game one victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Despite trailing for most of the game, a fourth-quarter surge from the Milwaukee Bucks proved decisive as they took down the Toronto Raptors 108:100 in game one of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo put together another great display, but Brook Lopez was the star of the night with 29 points and 11 rebounds.
Giannis also finished with a double-double 24 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks, and 5 turnovers in 38 minutes. Like Giannis and Lopez, Khris Middleton recorded a double-double of his own with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
For the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry finished with 31 and 30 points, respectively.
Game two is set for Friday night in Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum with the hosts looking to take a 2:0 series lead before their next two games up north.
Giannis scored the first six points for the Bucks, but the Raptors took control of the scoreline with an impressive 16-0 run (8:19). Their advantage increased to as many as 13 points (13:26) in the first quarter and they ended the opening 12 minutes ahead 23:34.
Lopez led the Bucks’ second-quarter comeback to pull the hosts within three points (39:42), however Siakom and Gasol helped the Raptors to an eight-point halftime lead (51:59).
Despite an early Bucks run to start the second half, where the difference was cut to one (62:63), the Raptors responded once again to regain a double-digit lead within a two-minute time span (64:74). Milwaukee fought back, but Siakom’s buzzer-beater to end the quarter gave Toronto a seven-point advantage heading into the final 12 minutes (76:83).
Lopez began the quarter with two key three-pointers and Mirotic followed with two successful attempts from the line to give the Bucks their first lead since the opening five minutes (84:83). The Bucks pulled ahead by five points (96:91) with 6:30 remaining before Lowry and Siakom helped the Raptors re-take the lead at 98:100. However, that was the end of the Raptors’ scoring.
Middleton forced a turnover which resulted in an easy dunk for Lopez and the Bucks center drained a shot from behind the arch to put Milwaukee back in control. Green and Lowry were unable to score on the other end and the Bucks put the game out of reach from the free-throw line in the dying moments to march on to a 108:100 victory.