Kawhi in pain but Raptors step up to continue series revival against Bucks

Sports | 23 May 2019

The Toronto Raptors closed ranks around hurting star Kawhi Leonard, turning in a total team effort in a 120-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks to level the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

Kyle Lowry, pictured, led the Raptors with 25 points and their bench outscored Milwaukee's 48-23 as the Raptors followed up their double-overtime triumph in Game Three to knot the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

The winner of the series will take on defending champions Golden State, who completed a Western Conference finals sweep of Portland.

Leonard, who played down suggestions he was injured after playing 52 minutes in the Game Three win, looked hobbled at times - wincing noticeably after dunking on Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo in the third quarter. He finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. "We understood Kawhi wasn't going to be great - 100 percent - tonight," Lowry said, so the Raptors knew "everybody has to step up."

Norman Powell added 18 points off the bench. Serge Ibaka and Gasol scored 17 apiece, Ibaka also pulling down 13 rebounds. Fred VanVleet chipped in 13 points.

Toronto pushed their lead to as many as 16 points in the third period and led by 13 going into the final quarter.

Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 30 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Antetokounmpo added 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Nikola Mirotic scored 11.

Milwaukee host Game Five tomorrow (HK time).

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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