Raptors Blow 4th Quarter Lead, Bucks Take 1-0 Series Lead
The legs were shot in the second half and come the fourth quarter, the Toronto Raptors simply fell apart in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks.
A disheartening road loss, the Raptors understood that they needed to get at least one on the road and it is uncertain if they would get a better shot than they did last night. Kyle Lowry logged in his best offensive night of the postseason, scoring 30 points on 10-for-15 shooting, including hitting seven three pointers, while Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t have the most impactful game. Yet, it was Brook Lopez and Malcolm Brogdon who combined for 44 point and a net rating of +25 who turned into the difference makers en route to a 108-100 Bucks victory.
“Fourth quarter killed us, 32-17,” said Lowry after the loss. “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.”
After playing their best quarter of the postseason in the first, the Raptors were outscored in each of the next three frames, but it was a lopsided fourth quarter, in which the Bucks outscored the Raptors 32-17 that proved costly to Toronto. The longer Bucks team finished the night +14 on the glass, while the Raptors supporting cast (everyone outside of Lowry and Kawhi Leonard) shot the ball a combined 1-for-23 in the second half.
The game is over,” said Marc Gasol, who hit two of his seven three pointers on the night. “We got to look back at it and learn but we can’t think too much about it. You come out Game 2 and try to win. You can’t replay this one.”
In a game in which neither team performed to their capabilities, the Bucks were able to steal a win on what was considered an off-night in their books. With a quick turnaround, the Raptors will need to come ready to go in what will be a very important Game 2 on Friday night.