MILWAUKEE (AP) — Down for many of the recreation, obviously rusty now and then after just about a complete week off, the Milwaukee Dollars regarded very similar to a group in bother.

Till the fourth quarter.

The group with the NBA’s best possible document this season discovered its stride at the very best time.

Brook Lopez scored 13 of his occupation playoff-high 29 issues within the fourth quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 issues and the Dollars closed the sport on a 10-Zero run to overcome the Toronto Raptors 108-100 in Sport 1 of the Japanese Convention finals on Wednesday evening.

Milwaukee pressured Toronto to leave out its ultimate 8 photographs and outscored the Raptors 32-17 within the fourth.

“I feel it speaks just a little bit to the nature of the crowd,” Dollars trainer Mike Budenholzer stated. “They simply keep it up. I feel it is turn out to be just a little little bit of a theme within the playoffs: I feel in the end, with a bit of luck, we really feel like if we stick to what we are doing excellent issues will occur for us.”

Lopez had a dunk with 2:20 left to place the Dollars forward for excellent, added a Three-pointer at the subsequent Milwaukee ownership to push the result in 4 and the Dollars — after trailing for the vast majority of the sport — did simply sufficient within the ultimate mins to snatch the collection lead.

“I feel this recreation for sure made us higher,” Antetokounmpo stated.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 15 and Nikola Mirotic had 13 for Milwaukee, which closed the sport on a 10-Zero run.

“We simply did a super task of sticking with what we’ve got been doing all postseason lengthy,” Lopez stated.

Kawhi Leonard scored 31 issues and Kyle Lowry added 30 for the Raptors, who led by way of as many as 13 early and took an 83-76 lead into the general quarter. Lowry used to be five for 7 within the fourth — and his teammates have been Zero for 15.

“Fourth quarter killed us, 32-17,” Lowry stated. “They outplayed us in that fourth quarter. They were given just a little bit extra competitive. They made some large photographs, made some large performs. It sucks while you lose like that. However we had our likelihood and we’ve got were given to be informed from it.”

Lopez added 11 rebounds for the Dollars, who had 3 gamers publish double-doubles. Antetokounmpo had 14 rebounds and Khris Middleton completed with 11 issues and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which is now Nine-1 on this postseason.

The Dollars trailed for 37 of the sport’s 48 mins.

Did not subject. They stayed simply shut sufficient till they may end with a significant kick.

“The way in which guys competed and simply were given after it … stands proud to me,” Budenholzer stated.

Pascal Siakam scored 15 for Toronto, together with a Three-pointer over Antetokounmpo to finish the 3rd quarter and provides the Raptors a seven-point lead with 12 mins left.

It unraveled temporarily from there. And now the Raptors, who got here in at the excessive of successful a second-round Sport 7 on a buzzer-beater by way of Leonard, have two days to regroup.

“The sport is over,” Toronto’s Marc Gasol stated. “We were given to appear again at it and be told however we will’t assume an excessive amount of about it. You come back out Sport 2 and take a look at to win. You’ll’t replay this one.”

With the chants of Milwaukee’s motto — “Concern the deer! Concern the deer!” — bouncing during the development, the Dollars predictably got here out flying.

The flurry used to be transient.

The Dollars overlooked seven consecutive photographs, the Raptors made 4 Three-pointers in a span of 3 mins, and that each one helped turn out to be a 16-Zero run by way of Toronto that became an early Eight-Three deficit right into a 19-Eight edge. The lead were given as large as 13 later within the quarter on a fadeaway jumper by way of Leonard, and the Raptors held the lead the remainder of the part.

Milwaukee had an opportunity to take its first lead for the reason that opening mins when Antetokounmpo went to the road for a couple of loose throws with Eight:17 left within the 3rd and the Dollars down by way of one. He overlooked each and the Raptors peeled off the following 9 issues to rebuild a 10-point lead once more.

However Toronto shot five for 22 within the fourth, the Dollars in any case reclaimed the lead, and the Raptors’ likelihood to scouse borrow home-court went awry.

“We gave ourselves an opportunity to win at the street in an Japanese Convention ultimate,” Raptors trainer Nick Nurse stated. “And it did not end up.”


Raptors: Toronto is now Three-15 in Sport 1s. … The Raptors fell to Eight-1 in those playoffs when main at halftime. … Lowry’s seven Three-pointers have been a season excessive, a playoff occupation excessive and one off his occupation excessive. … Leonard, who made the already-immortal four-bounce-off-the-rim jumper to win Sport 7 of the second one around towards Philadelphia, were given a pleasant jump within the 3rd quarter — when a jumper hit the iron thrice earlier than falling.

Dollars: Oscar Robertson, a part of Milwaukee’s lone NBA identify group, used to be known within the first quarter and held the 1971 championship trophy — a big silver bowl atop a wood base, no longer the golden Larry O’Brien Trophy of now — for the enthusiasts to look. … Antetokounmpo began super-fast with two baskets, a scouse borrow, a rebound and a blocked shot, all within the first 85 seconds. … Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament used to be courtside.


With Pau Gasol injured, George Hill is the one Milwaukee participant who had seemed in a convention finals recreation earlier than Wednesday. The Raptors have seven gamers who have been in a minimum of one in the past: Leonard, Danny Inexperienced and Serge Ibaka are all on this around for the 5th time, whilst Lowry, Marc Gasol, Norman Powell and Patrick McCaw have additionally been on this around earlier than.

MR. 400

Leonard was the 14th participant in NBA historical past to attain 400 issues in his group’s first 13 video games of a postseason run. He now has 413 thus far in those playoffs.


Sport 2 is Friday in Milwaukee.


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