Many thought that this series was going to be a one-sided landslide win for the number one seeded Milwaukee Bucks when they got the 2-0 lead, much like how Golden State swept Portland in the Western Conference Finals. But after what they witnessed in Game 4, they had to reflect a second thought about it.
Toronto Raptors clawed their way back in the ongoing Eastern Conference Finals and tied the series 2 games apiece after a masterful 120-102 victory on Tuesday night.
After suffering two straight losses and stared at a 2-0 deficit, the Raptors now won the next two and giving Milwaukee their second back-to-back defeats in this year’s NBA season (the first time it happened was last March 2 and March 4 after two road games in Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns).
Kyle Lowry starred in the win posting a stat line of 25 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. He was helped by Kawhi Leonard with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four other Toronto players were able to produce double figure scoring as Norman Powell powered the bench mob with 18 points (with 5 rebounds and 3 assists), Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol generated 17 each, and Fred VanVleet added another 13 points.
This was the Bucks’ first back-to-back setbacks this postseason after sweeping the Detroit Pistons in round 1 and dismantling the Boston Celtics the following round.
They were spearheaded by Khris Middleton’s 30 points (along with 7 assists and 6 rebounds) and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s double double of 25 points and 10 boards. Nikola Mirotic is the only other Bucks player to score in double digits with 11 markers.