Toronto Raptors One Win Away from NBA Finals

It looked as if the Toronto Raptors were going to blown out in Game 5 on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks with the series at two games a piece. Milwaukee had very bad offensive stretches and it allowed Toronto to stay in the game in the first-half.

The Raptors were able to make big shots down the stretch and Fred VanVleet made some of them. He dropped seven 3’s in this game off the bench and it was one of the reasons why Toronto took down the Bucks in Game 5, 105-99. The Toronto Raptors now lead this series 3-2 over Milwaukee.

They are one win away from their first NBA Finals berth.

When Toronto had a 99-97 lead with 34.7 seconds remaining, it seemed as if Milwaukee was going to get the ball back because of a potential shot clock violation, but the ball grazed the rim and Marc Gasol grabbed the rebound. Not only did he grab the rebound, Gasol was also fouled.

He made one of two free throws and it put the Toronto Raptors up 100-97 at the moment. Pascal Siakam would then throw down a dunk after the Milwaukee Bucks missed a chance to score after Gasol’s one made free throw.

Siakam finished the game with 14 points on 33.3 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed 13 rebounds, recorded two assists, blocked three shots, and recorded one steal.

Kyle Lowry made two free throws with 11.8 seconds remaining in regulation to put the game out of reach (104-97). Lowry scored 17 points, but he only shot 36.4 percent from the field. Kyle Lowry also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded six assists, and also recorded one steal.

Kawhi Leonard was in beast mode once again in this game. He scored 15 of his 35 points in the fourth-quarter. Leonard shot 44 percent from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded nine assists, and recorded two steals.

The Toronto Raptors bench outscored the Milwaukee Bucks bench 35-15. Toronto led by as many as eight points and Milwaukee led by as many as 14 points.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points for the Bucks on 50 percent shooting from the field. Even though he led Milwaukee in scoring, the Raptors defense played extraordinary on him once again.

Antetokounmpo grabbed six rebounds, six assists, and blocked one shot.

Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points on 42.9 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds and recorded two assists.

Malcolm Brogdon was moved into the starting lineup in this game and he scored 18 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the field. Brogdon also grabbed 11 rebounds, recorded six assists, and recorded one steal.

Brook Lopez scored 16 points on 58.3 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed eight rebounds and recorded one steal.

Khris Middleton only scored six points on 22.2 percent shooting from the field. His shooting performance in this series is one of the reasons why Milwaukee is trailing 3-2 in this series. He record a double-double with 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

George Hill scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench.

Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals will be on Saturday night in Toronto at Nova Scotiabank Arena. The Milwaukee Bucks will look to force a Game 7. They were the best team in the NBA during the regular season and the Toronto Raptors were the second best team in the NBA during the regular season.

 

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