It wasn’t traditional basketball. There have been missed footage and foul outs. Kawhi Leonard was 11-for-25. But the Toronto Raptors managed to get a home victory in double extra time in direction of the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday and shut their Eastern Conference championship assortment deficit to 2 video video games to 1.
Here’s how crunchtime broke down.
The Raptors led in the first quarter by 11 and held a lead all via the first three durations. But the Bucks clawed once more into rivalry.
With 38 seconds left, Malcolm Brogdon of the Bucks drove to the basket and executed a reverse layup to cut the Raptors’ lead to 96-94.
Point guard Kyle Lowry had fouled out with six minutes to play, so Fred VanVleet was getting vital minutes for the Raptors (he accomplished 1-for-11 from the topic). He missed a jumper, and Giannis Antetokounmpo purchased the rebound, organising the Bucks with an alternative to tie or win.
But with 9.5 seconds left, Khris Middleton missed a rushed, contested 3. Pascal Siakam purchased the rebound for the Raptors, and was fouled. Toronto considered if it had the sport gained.
Siakam is a career 74 % free throw shooter, nevertheless to the dismay of the residence followers he managed to miss every footage.
Still down 2, Middleton tried to make amends for the Bucks by driving to the basket. He was blocked by VanVleet, nevertheless purchased his private rebound, scored on the putback and tied the sport with 2.2 seconds left.
With 0.3 seconds left on the clock, Siakam managed to get off a 28-foot shot, which missed badly, banking off the glass. A sport the Raptors appeared to have gained was heading to extra time.
The Raptors started faster and have been up by 4 with a minute and a half left. Again, they appeared to have the increased hand.
Off an assist by Antetokounmpo, Brogdon made a 6-foot floater, nevertheless the Raptors have been nonetheless up 2 with 43 seconds left.
Leonard made a curious different, taking a 29-foot 3-pointer. It would have been a killer had it fallen, nonetheless it did not, and the Bucks as soon as extra had an alternative.
George Hill purchased the rebound and was fouled. He made every footage with 14.5 seconds left, and the score was tied.
It was time for Leonard to try for the sort of heroics that he supplied in Game 7 in direction of the 76ers. But he missed a 18-foot fadeaway as time expired. While his miracle shot in direction of the Sixers hit the rim 4 cases sooner than falling by way of, this one merely hit the once more rim and bricked out.
Perhaps the most important development occurred early, when Antetokounmpo fouled out decrease than a minute in. It wasn’t a terrific sport for him, scoring-wise: 12 elements, his lowest entire since January, on 5-for-16 capturing. But he had contributed 23 rebounds, seven assists and 4 blocks and was a defensive titan as common.
Still, the Bucks have been down solely 2 with the ball with 43 seconds left. But Siakam bought right here up with an monumental block on a Brook Lopez layup.
Leonard drove in for a layup of his private, made it, and the Raptors have been up 4 with 30 seconds to play.
The sport was over after Middleton turned it over in the once more courtroom, and Siakam atoned for his regulation free-throw misses by making two from the line and putting the Raptors up by 6.
The teams exchanged baskets, and the sport was lastly over after three hours and 5 minutes. Final score: 118-112, Raptors.
It was a terrific win for the Raptors, and famous person fan Drake cherished it, as common, from his excellent courtside seat. But there have been disquieting indicators.
The Bucks carried out badly, however nonetheless virtually gained. Beside the off capturing night from Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Eric Bledsoe have been each 3-for-16, and Nikola Mirotic was 3-for-11. When an opponent is that off, you rely on to win by double digits, and in addition you don’t rely on it to take 58 minutes of sport time.
Even if the Raptors win Game 4 on Tuesday and tie the assortment — they’re 2½-point underdogs — they might face two of the remaining three video video games in Milwaukee, the place they misplaced by 8 and 22 elements.
“At the end of the day, it wasn’t our best game,” Antetokounmpo knowledgeable The Associated Press. “We can get a lot better.”
The Raptors might want to have an uneasy feeling that Antetokounmpo was correct.