The Milwaukee Bucks demolished Toronto Raptors to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Mike Budenholzer’s team routed the guests from Canada 125-103 last night, dominating the entire contest from the start until the end.
Giannis Antetokounmpo opened the game with several sparkling moves, which created the atmosphere in which Toronto simply didn’t stand a chance. Not once did the at least tie the game.
It was 33-15 after a 10-0 run the home team had in the late part of the first quarter, and this difference only grew bigger as time went by.
At the halftime, the Bucks had a 64-39 advantage, and the game was practically over. In those moments, Kyle Lowry had four fouls, and that only made guests’ position even tougher.
Toronto had a brief period in which they played better than the Bucks, but the only result of that short bounce was trimming the deficit down to 13 points, 83-70. Milwaukee would soon take matters in their hands, and stop that push, regaining control of the floor.
The final quarter didn’t bring anything dramatic, because Bucks’ lead was around 20 points. Furthermore, it could be said that the home team decreased the tempo of play, wanting to rest some players.
After Game 1 in which the Raptors had a chance to snatch it and win, this contest was all about Giannis and the teammates who showed their cruel side.
The Greek Freak had 30 points, 17 boards, and 5 assists, opening the match with two dunks and a block on Marc Gasol. That immediately got the crowd at the Fiserv Forum going.
Besides Giannis, the Bucks had five players with 10 or more points. Ersan Ilyasova had 17 off the bench, shooting 7 of 11. Nikola Mirotic added 15 with 6 boards, Malcolm Brogdon 14 and George Hill 13.
Once again the Bucks controlled the glass, and the win was there. The hosts had 53 boards allowing the guests to have 40.
Kawhi Leonard reached 31 points, grabbing 8 boards. Kyle Lowry scored 15, with a bad shooting percentage, 4 of 13, and Norman Powell added 14 off the bench. Pascal Siakam scored just 8 points, as he too battled with foul trouble throughout the match.
The series now moves on to Toronto, and the next game will be played this Sunday in Toronto.