NBA Eastern Conference

Milwaukee Bucks 108 – 100 Toronto Raptors
(MIL leads 1-0)

The Bucks looked like they were in trouble until the fourth quarter rolled around. Milwaukee were able to find their stride just in time to finish with a 108 – 100 win over the Raptors.

Brook Lopez scored 13 of his career playoff-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points and the Bucks closed the game on a 10-0 run to beat the Toronto Raptors 108-100 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night.

Milwaukee forced Toronto to miss its final eight shots and outscored the Raptors 32-17 in the fourth.

”I think it speaks a little bit to the character of the group,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. ”They just stick with it. I think it’s become a little bit of a theme in the playoffs: I think eventually, hopefully, we feel like if we stick with what we’re doing good things will happen for us.”

Lopez had a dunk with 2:20 left to put the Bucks ahead for good, added a 3-pointer on the next Milwaukee possession to push the lead to four and the Bucks – after trailing for the overwhelming majority of the game – did just enough in the final minutes to grab the series lead.

”I think this game definitely made us better,” Antetokounmpo said.

As for the Raptors, their late-game execution wasnโ€™t great but it wasnโ€™t horrible. Kawhi Leonardโ€™s two free throws put Toronto ahead 100-98 with 3:31 left in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors never scored again, going 0-for-8 from the field, including misfires on five 3-pointers.

“Obviously, it was a missed opportunity,” Raptors reserve guard Fred VanVleet said. “Weโ€™re not running from that. But flush it. You canโ€™t sulk on it. You canโ€™t sit on it and think about it tonight. Weโ€™ll look at the film, practice tomorrow and move on. We felt like we had a chance, and we didnโ€™t execute enough to go out there and get it done. Move on and try to get Game 2.”


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