Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks - Game 3 - May 20, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, May 20, 2019
Throw this load management business out the window.
Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam played a whopping 52 and 51 minutes respectively, as the Toronto Raptors needed double overtime to beat the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Leonard had 36 points in the win, including 8 in the second overtime and made 11 of25 shots and went 12 for 13 at the free throw line, while Siakam had 25 points and 11 rebounds. Both Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell fouled out for the Raptors, while Marc Gasol had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Giannis Antetokounmpo netted 12 points and 23 rebounds before fouling out in 36 seconds into the second overtime, while George Hill led the team with 24 points for the Bucks who lost for the first time in five road games.
Toronto came out playing great on both ends of the ball, with Leonard and Gasol both nailing three’s to get the Raps up early. The Bucks, on the other hand, had 3 turnovers in two minutes during the first quarter and struggled to get on the board, with Toronto up 11-5 four minutes in. Gasol racked up 6 points and 2 rebounds in the first five minutes of the game. Toronto played a high energy offense and a solid defense to close out the first with a 30-21 lead after one.
Milwaukee was shooting less than 35% in the second quarter and were down by 7 at the half. The Raptors took a narrow 77-75 lead heading into the fourth, but Chris Middleton was there to tie it up with just 2.2 seconds left in regulation. He finished the game with 9 points.
The Raptors led for a whopping 44 minutes before the Bucks came back with a surge to tie it up. Toronto again had the lead with 1:26 left in the first overtime, but Hill went to work tying it up at 103 with a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left. Milwaukee leads the series 2-1. Game 4 is Tuesday in Toronto.