News ID: 253103
Published: 0259 GMT May 20, 2019

Raptors strike back against Bucks in double-overtime thriller

Raptors strike back against Bucks in double-overtime thriller
TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/USA TODAY SPORTS
Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard (L) goes for the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada, on May 19, 2019.

Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points, including eight in the second overtime, and the Toronto Raptors beat Milwaukee 118-112 on Sunday night to cut the Bucks’ lead to 2-1 in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Pascal Siakam had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Norman Powell scored 19 points before fouling out, and Marc Gasol had 16 points and 12 rebounds, the Guardian reported.

The Raptors will try to draw even when they host Game 4 tonight. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points and 23 rebounds before fouling out with 4:24 to go in the second overtime. Antetokounmpo shot five for 16.

Toronto won despite guards Kyle Lowry and Powell both fouling out in the fourth quarter. Siakam also missed a pair of free throws with 7.4 seconds left in regulation that could have iced the game for the Raptors.

Siakam redeemed himself by blocking a potential tying shot by Brook Lopez with 43 seconds to go in the second overtime, leading to a layup for Leonard that put Toronto up 114-110 with just over 30 seconds to play.

Leonard made 11 of 25 shots and went 12 for 13 at the free throw line. He had nine rebounds and five assists despite appearing to be bothered by some leg pain.

“I’m feeling all right. This is playoff basketball,” Leonard said. “Everybody’s hurting so I’ve just got to keep fighting.”

After suggesting Saturday that he might change his lineup, Raptors coach Nick Nurse stuck with his normal starters, but gave Powell 30 minutes, the most he’s played in any game this postseason.

 

   
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