Raptors blowout Bucks to even Eastern Conference Final series

Tanya Simon
May 25, 2019

The Toronto Raptors closed ranks around hurting star Kawhi Leonard, turning in a total team effort in a 120-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday to level the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

The Milwaukee Bucks headed into Game 4 battered but confident, having squandered a golden opportunity to steal Game 3 away from the Toronto Raptors but failing to do so in double-overtime.

The 33-year-old is quietly putting together one of his best post-season series' against the Bucks, with his emotional leadership on court helping lift everyone around him.

Six players scored in double figures for the Raptors, with Kyle Lowry leading the way with 25 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

Khris Middleton was not happy with teammate Nikola Mirotic for not helping him up after a play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals between his Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.

As the postseason began and the rotation became tighter due to OG Anunoby's health, Nick Nurse chose to go with just eight players.

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When we say that the fans were out in full force, we mean it.

"The best thing that [the bench players] have contributed is the rebounding", Raptors assistant coach Nate Bjorkgren told TSN's Kate Beirness at halftime. It dropped consecutive games just once during the regular season, at Utah on March 2 and at Phoenix on March 4. "Everybody on their team got whatever they wanted". Countering Milwaukee's inevitable pushback in Game 4 would go a long way to determining whether this turns into a series or a march to an inevitable ouster.

Raptors: Lowry scored 12 of Toronto's first 17 points.

Leonard and Pascal Siakam, who both played more than 50 minutes Sunday, looked sluggish in the opening half. But, again, he's got tremendous will.

A running dunk by Antetokounmpo gave the Bucks an early seven-point lead, but the Raptors clawed their way back, and when Leonard drained his second free throw with 25 seconds left in the first quarter, they took their first lead of the game and went into the second up 32-31. They've never come back to win a series after falling behind 0-2 in seven tries. "You're playing basketball. We got a win tonight". But at the end of the day, if guys come off the bench they knock down shots, we've got to live with it.

It's now a three-game series to see who's going to The Finals.

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