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09:20  16 may  2019
09:20  16 may  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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The Raptors missed eight straight shots during that stretch. Brogdon Is Bucks ' Key To Making NBA Finals. Malcolm Brogdon is only two games into his The Game 1 postgame storylines will center around the Bucks ' Lopez-led fourth-quarter performance and the Raptors going ice-cold from the field.

Bucks rally to take Game 1 from Raptors© FRANK GUNN/CANADIAN PRESS/ASSOCIATED PRESS Kawhi Leonard (right) and the rest of Raptors couldn’t stop Bucks center Brook Lopez.

MILWAUKEE — Down for most of the game, clearly rusty at times after nearly a full week off, the Milwaukee Bucks looked very much like a team in trouble.

Until the fourth quarter.

The team with the NBA’s best record this season found its stride at the perfect time.

Brook Lopez scored 13 of his career playoff-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points and the Bucks closed the game on a 10-0 run to beat the Toronto Raptors, 108-100, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night. Milwaukee forced Toronto into missing its final eight shots and outscored the Raptors, 32-17, in the fourth.

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Brook Lopez scored a team-high 29 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks beat the No. 2 Toronto Raptors 108-100 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday. Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points for the visiting

MILWAUKEE – For the better part of three and a half quarters it appeared an extended break for the Milwaukee Bucks would be their undoing in the first game of this Eastern Conference Finals. Whether the lack of rest finally caught up to Toronto or it was a case of the Bucks finally getting their sea legs

‘‘I think it speaks a little bit to the character of the group,’’ Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. ‘‘They just stick with it. I think it’s become a little bit of a theme in the playoffs: I think eventually, hopefully, we feel like if we stick with what we’re doing good things will happen for us.’’

Lopez had a dunk with 2:20 left to put the Bucks ahead for good, added a 3-pointer on the next Milwaukee possession to push the lead to 4 points and the Bucks did just enough in the final minutes to grab the series lead.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 15 and Nikola Mirotic had 13 for Milwaukee, which closed the game on a 10-0 run.

‘‘Total team effort,’’ Lopez said.

Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and Kyle Lowry added 30 for the Raptors, who led by as many as 13 early and took an 83-76 lead into the final quarter. Lowry was 5 for 7 in the fourth — and his teammates were 0 for 15 in that deciding quarter.

‘‘Fourth quarter killed us, 32-17,’’ Lowry said. ‘‘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 our chance and we've got to learn from it.’’

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