The Bucks delivered a major moral blow to the Raptors, who lost a game that they had on track well (108-100). By the hand of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez, Milwaukee swept his rival in the last quarter (32-17) and this allowed him to come back after having gone all the time behind and having come to accumulate notable disadvantages of 13 points ( 13-26) in the first quarter and 10 in the third (62-72).
Milwaukee, 108; Toronto, 100
2nd match. Day 18 (2.30, Movistar Sports)
Golden State, 116; Portland, 94 (1-0)
2nd match. Day 17. (3.00, Movistar Sports)
In a game with a dizzying pace and many errors, Giannis Antetokounmpo, with whom Paskal Siakam was paired, kept his team afloat. His performance was remarkable: 24 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and two steals. But it was Brook Lopez the man who made the comeback of his team possible. The Bucks were denied in the three pointers (11 of 44), but Lopez scored four at the time the game was decided. His 29 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks were decisive.
The Bucks improved substantially their performance in the last quarter, when also Nikola Mirotic, until then denied with five errors in the triples, scored the only one of his account to finish much more toned with 13 points and six rebounds.
The Raptors went from more to less. They wasted a golden opportunity, despite the good numbers of Kawhi Leonard. Despite the narrow marking of Khris Middleton, Leonard got 31 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three steals. And Kyle Lowry also completed an excellent game with seven of nine in the three pointers, 30 points, eight rebounds and two assists. But Marc Gasol was unfortunate in the shot. He scored six points with a series of 2 of 11 in field goals, though he added 12 rebounds and five assists. But it was surpassed by Brook Lopez.
The bench of the Raptors was not fine. Serge Ibaka stayed on four points and four rebounds and only played 17 minutes. On the other hand, the contribution of the reserves of the Bucks, despite the fact that George Hill and Connaughton did not score, was much better thanks to the 15 Brogdon points and the seven Ilyasova points.
The match came with a draw to 98 in the last four minutes. But, as of that moment, the Raptors failed almost everything and committed several decisive errors like a loss of ball of Danny Green and several failures in the triples.
Toronto aims to play its first all-NBA final after its failed opportunity in 2016. The LeBron James Cavaliers stepped up that year in the Eastern end. Milwaukee tries to advance to its first final since 1974. The team that led then Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, along with Oscar Robertson, lost the conference final against the Celtics.
Milwaukee: Bledsoe (9), Middleton (11), Antetokounmpo (24), Mirotic (13), Brook Lopez (29) – initial team-; Ilyasova (7), Hill (0), Brogdon (15) and Connaughton (0).
Toronto: Lowry (30), Green (6), Leonard (31), Siakam (15), Marc Gasol (6) – starting team -; Powell (6), Ibaka (4) and VanVleet (2).
Partial: 23-34, 28-25, 25-21 and 32-17.
Fiserv Forum of Milwaukee. 17,341 spectators.
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