NBA Playoffs: Toronto Defeats Milwaukee In Exciting 2OT Game

NBA Playoffs: Toronto Defeats Milwaukee In Exciting 2OT Game

Heading into Game Three, the Toronto Raptors knew they had to win. Only five teams have come back from an 0-2 series deficit. But no one has ever won a series after going down 0-3. So, they needed a win Sunday night by any means necessary—and they got it.

It took two overtime periods, but in the end, the Raptors took Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals, 118-112.

Toronto made it clear they came to play from the start. An 11-0 early in the first gave them a double-digit lead, 16-5, less than five minutes into the game. Nikola Mirotic closed the gap to six points late in the quarter, but then Norman Powell followed his shot with a three to push Toronto’s lead back out to nine, 30-21.

Milwaukee got within three about midway through the second and four late in the quarter. However, at halftime, Toronto held a seven-point lead, 58-51. In the third, the Bucks nearly climbed out of the hole. But heading into the fourth, Toronto still held the lead, 77-75.

The Bucks kept the game close but was never able to pull ahead in the fourth. But after Pascal Siakam failed to ice the game with a pair of free throws with 7.4 seconds left, Khris Middleton tied the game up, 96-96, at the last second to send it to overtime.

Toronto jumped ahead early in the first overtime period, but then a short jumper by Malcolm Brogdon followed by a pair of free throws by George Hill sent the game to a second OT period, 103-103. But the Raptors got an early advantage when Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled inside the first minute.

When George Hill tipped in the first shot of the second OT, the Bucks took the lead for the first time all day, 105-103. That lead quickly disappeared following a Marc Gasol three-pointer. Kawhi Leonard went on to score eight points in the period to lead Toronto to a much-needed win.

Leonard led the way with 36-points on the night, but fans are going to be interested to hear how his leg is doing. It appeared to bother him at times during the game, but afterward, he said what the fans want to hear:

“I’m feeling all right. This is playoff basketball. Everybody’s hurting, so I’ve just got to keep fighting.”

For a change, he got plenty of help. Pascal Siakam (25 points and 11 rebounds) and Marc Gasol (16 points and 12 rebounds) each had a double-double. Kyle Lowry had 11, and Norman Powell had 19 off the bench, but both fouled out in the fourth quarter.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had an unusually bad night from the floor hitting just five of 16 shots. But he did pull down 23 rebounds. George Hill led the Bucks with 24 points off the bench.

Game Four will be Tuesday night in Toronto. The opening line has Milwaukee a 2.5-point favorite.

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