Led largely during a game by uncompromising Raptors, the Bucks finally won in the first round of the Eastern Conference finals.
Milwaukee took a long time to digest a disastrous first period, before eventually winning at home against Toronto 108-100 in the opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference final on Wednesday, May 15th.
The Bucks, the best team of the regular season, came close to the disaster against the Raptors who started the game without any complex. The Canadian franchise knocked out Giannis Antetokounmpo and his team-mates who, asphyxiated by the physical intensity of their opponents, were already thirteen points behind (28-15) after less than nine minutes of play. Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry have took their ease by scoring respectively 30 and 31 points, while Antetokounmpo did not have its usual radiance.
Personal record of points for Brook Lopez
Milwaukee eventually stopped the bleeding, but was still eight points behind at break (59-51) and seven deficit points early in 4e period (83-76). The salute for the Bucks came from Antetokounmpo (24 pts, 14 rebounds), but especially from Brook Lopez who finished the game with 29 points, a new personal best in play-offs.
The pivot of the Bucks propelled his team definitely in the lead two minutes from the end of regulation time with his fourth basket three points of the evening (104-100). He then frustrated Toronto with an interception and a defensive rebound.
Milwaukee, who had not participated in a conference final since 2001, leads a win to zero, before the match number 2 will be held again in his room Friday.