After leading the race in much of the game thanks to the duo Leonard / Lowry, the Raptors were extinguished by Brook Lopez in "money time" (108-100). With 29 points, 11 rebounds and 4 against, the pivot puts his team on the right path.
A goal post, a counter on Pascal Siakam, an interception followed by a dunk and a layup in transition: Giannis Antetokounmpo impressed for the meeting in 2 minutes. But it is Mike Budenholzer who takes the first time after two successes by Siakam and Kyle Lowry.
Ineffective, given that Marc Gasol and Danny Green chained their turn and when Giannis Antetokounpo started, Kawhi Leonard responded immediately: like in Game 1 against the Sixers, but out of this moment, the Raptors make an ideal start on both sides of the field (24-13). Nick Nurse chooses to let his opponents face the opponents, and "The Klaw" until the end of the fourth, but Toronto does not dig: a jump from Serge Ibaka to the bell allows them to maintain 11 points. & # 39; advance (34-23).
The Raptors while they were in control
The Bucks are pushed to the back of the clock 24 seconds when they don't lose the ball, and the Fiserv Forum feels in difficulty. "Bud" has yet to call back after three minutes and two new banderillas, for Norman Powell this time. Transparent towards the Celtics, Brook Lopez finally has the impact: the pivot raises his team with seven consecutive points. The Bucks return to -5, but even if they manage to finish the game at the end of the period with a good Malcolm Brogdon, Kawhi Leonard calm with six points to finish (59-51).
In trouble in the first half, Eric Bledsoe scored two baskets on the break that earned him the encouragement of the public and bring his team to -2. What stings the pride of Kyle Lowry who wakes up and chained an 8-0 with his friend Kawhi. He and Giannis exchange baskets in a duel that takes more and more space, and where local substitutes come to invite themselves, without being able to give the necklace necessary to equalize.
It is also Pascal Siakam who has the last word with a 3-point buzzer which gives a bit of air to the Raptors (83-76).
Brook Lopez decided on both sides
Author of 14 points in the third, Kawhi Leonard is resting a little early in the fourth quarter, time to see Milwaukee again in the lead thanks to two shots by Brook Lopez. Short-lived since Kyle Lowry responds, but the two teams are now launched in a superb crossover where the Deers are the first to make a mid-period mini-break with a super Mirotic (96-91). A gap cleared by Kyle Lowry alone as a great, with two 3 points after three turnovers against Milwaukee.
With his great defense, Khris Middleton offered a dunk on the counterattack to Brook Lopez, who scored 3 points in the next action, and stole the ball from Kawhi Leonard at the exit of Nick Nurse's time-out.
The Raptors remain unanswered, Danny Green and Kyle Lowry miss the goal a lot, while Eric Bledsoe ends the game on the other hand recovering two shots at the end of possession 40 seconds from the end. Brook Lopez fired five points in less than 30% against the Celtics, beat his record in the playoffs with 29 units, adding 11 rebounds and 4 against: the pivot offers game 1 in Milwaukee. Good content, Giannis Antetokounmpo completes 24 points with 7/16 and 14 rebounds, but he didn't want to force his talent. Kawhi Leonard finished with 31 points and only two in the last quarter.
In addition, Kyle Lowry is the only Raptor to have scored a basket in the fourth quarter, his teammates finishing the last period at 0/15 in the cumulative shootings. Too bad because maybe it was the game to take for Toronto.