Game 6 Update – Toronto Raptors rally to beat Milwaukee Bucks and move to within a win of NBA Finals
The Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-99 to gain home-court advantage take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night.
As a result, Toronto moved to within a win of setting up an NBA Finals matchup with two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.
The Raptors were as much as 14-points adrift early on, but they claimed a third straight win in the series (for what was the top-seeded Bucks first three-game losing streak of the season) thanks in no small part to 15 points from Leonard in the fourth quarter.
Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points, a career-high nine assists, made five 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds for the Raptors. Fred Van Vleet scored 21 points, hitting seven 3s, and Kyle Lowry added 17.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points for Milwaukee, with Eric Bledsoe scoring 20 and Malcolm Brogdon adding 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Game 6 will take place in Toronto on Saturday night.
Game 5 Update – Toronto Raptors level Eastern Conference Finals series at 2-2 with home-court win over Milwaukee Bucks
The Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 120-102 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.
The home team has won all four games in the series so far, so Toronto still need to win in Milwaukee at some stage if they are to progress to an NBA Finals showdown with the Golden State Warriors.
Kyle Lowry scored 25 points, a clearly fatigued Kawhi Leonard had 19, Norm Powell scored 18 points, Marc Gasol had 17 points and a team-high seven assists and Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors.
Khris Middleton scored 30 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 25, but no one else had more than 11 points for the Bucks.
Game 5 will take place on Thursday night in Milwaukee.
Game 4 Update – Toronto Raptors beat Milwaukee Bucks in 2 OT’s to rekindle NBA Finals hopes
The Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 in 2 OTs on Sunday night to put themselves right back in contention by cutting the Bucks’ lead in the Eastern Conference Finals to 2-1.
Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points for the Toronto Raptors, including eight in the second overtime. Leonard had nine rebounds and five assists. Pascal Siakam had 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Norman Powell scored 19 points.
George Hill scored 24 points for the Bucks and Malcolm Brogdon had 20. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored just 12 points and 23 rebounds before fouling out with 4:24 to go in the second overtime.
The Bucks scored the first basket of the game, but the Raptors never trailed again in regulation time. Milwaukee didn’t lead again until Hill’s basket to begin the second overtime put them up 105-103.
Game 4 will be on Tuesday night in Toronto.