Raptors Rally to Advance to NBA Finals for First Time in Franchise History

The Toronto Raptors were facing adversity in Game 6 at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. Toronto trailed by as many 15 points with 2:01 remaining in the third-quarter. Ever since that moment Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors turned on the switch and then went on a 22-2 run.

With them leading 97-94 late in the game, the Bucks had a chance to force a stop and potentially tie it and send it into overtime, but Toronto grabbed an offensive rebound with nine seconds remaining in the game. Because of it, they won Game 6, 100-94 and the Toronto Raptors advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

One of the various moments in this game was when Kyle Lowry passed the ball to Kawhi Leonard in the fourth-quarter and Leonard dunked on Giannis Antetopkounmpo with 6:46 remaining and Toronto led 87-79 at that point.

Leonard finished the game with 27 points on 40.9 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed a career high 17 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard also recorded seven assists, blocked two shots, and recorded two steals.

Pascal Siakam scored 18 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

Kyle Lowry scored 17 points on 60 percent shooting. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded eight assists, and recorded one steal. This was probably Lowry’s best series of his entire NBA career.

The Raptors bench scored 32 points. Fred VanVleet was sensational again with 14 points on 83.3 percent shooting from the field. He also recorded two assists.

Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell each scored nine points. Powell grabbed four rebounds  and Ibaka grabbed three rebounds.

Toronto’s biggest lead in the game was eight points.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee in scoring with 21 points, but he only shot 38.9 percent from the field. At various moments down the stretch, Antetokounmpo looked petrified to shoot the ball down the stretch and he kept passing the ball to his teammates instead.

Brook Lopez was effective with 18 points on 41.7 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed nine rebounds, recorded one assist, and blocked three shots.

Khris Middleton scored 14 points on 38.5 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 10 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed three rebounds, recorded two assists, and recorded one steal.

The Milwaukee Bucks bench scored 23 points. Ersan Ilyasova scored 13 points on 42.9 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds and recorded one assist.

George Hill scored 10 points on 40 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed two rebounds, recorded three assists, and recorded two steals.

Milwaukee will have a lot of choices to make this offseason. They have a very players that will hit the free agent market. The Bucks also had a 2-0 lead in this series and they could have been very well up 3-0 if a couple of bounces went there way in Game 3 when Milwaukee lost in double overtime.

Instead, they will have to wait until next season to try and win an NBA Championship. The last the Milwaukee Bucks won it all was in 1971.

The Toronto Raptors will face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Game 1 will not be until Thursday night in Toronto. Kawhi Leonard will look to lead the Raptors to their first NBA title in franchise history and Golden State will look to win the NBA title for the third consecutive season and they may have to do it without Kevin Durant.

 

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