Lopez steps up as Bucks down Raptors in opener

Sports | 17 May 2019

The Milwaukee Bucks had not played for seven days, and it showed early in Game One of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

The Bucks found their legs, though, just in time and rode a dominant fourth quarter to a 108-100 victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors.

Milwaukee outscored Toronto 32-17 in the final 12 minutes.

The Raptors led by as many as 13 points in the first quarter and still held a 100-98 edge with three minutes 31 seconds remaining in the game.

Brook Lopez scored a playoff-career-best 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, who host Game Two of the best-of-seven series tomorrow (HK time).

"In a big moment, that was a great Brook Lopez tonight," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 31 points and nine rebounds, while Kyle Lowry had 30 points.


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