The Toronto Raptors had the Milwaukee Bucks chasing all night, but couldn’t put them away when it mattered.
Brook Lopez sunk 13 of his career playoff-high 29 points in the fourth-quarter to help the Bucks rally to a 108-100 win over the Raptors in the opening game of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference final series, May 15th, at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.
Toronto jumped out to a strong 34-23 lead in the first quarter and held an 83-76 advantage heading into the final quarter, when the team with the NBA’s best regular-season record, led by Lopez, took over.
While the Raptors shooting went cold late, the Bucks, who also had 24 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo, were on target and outscored the visitors 32-17 in the final quarter to complete the comeback.
“The fourth quarter killed us, 32-17,” Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry told NBA.com. “They outplayed us in that fourth quarter. They got a little bit more aggressive. They made some big shots, made some big plays. It sucks when you lose like that, but we had a chance and we got to learn from it and make an adjustment.
“Stay even keel, not too high, not too low. Just look at the film and get better.”
Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Raptors, dropping 31 points, while Lowry, who was the only Raptor hitting the mark in the fourth quarter, finished with 30.
Toronto will look to even the series May 17, back in Milwaukee. Game time is 8:30 p.m.