Leonard tows Raptors to first win in East Finals
by Jaelle Nevin Reyes, May 20, 2019 1:23pm
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Kawhi Leonard towed the Toronto Raptors in double overtime en route to their first win in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, 118-112, in their game at the Scotiabank Arena on Monday (Philippine time).
After losing their first two matches of their finals bout, the Raptors finally broke free to the win column and breath life to their campaign in the East through courtesy of the heroics of Star Swingman Leonard.
Leonard give the much-needed lifeline for the Raptors in the remaining minutes of the game as he sank the two crucial field goals that proved to be the deciding factor in their victory.
The 27-year-old forward was solid in their offense to a total of 36 points on a 11-of-25 shooting performance from the field while also adding nine rebounds, five assists including two steals.
Toronto twin towers Marc Gasol and Pascal Siakam also made their presence felt in the match, each registering a double-double performance for a combined output of 41 markers and 23 boards.
Norman Powell added 19 for the Raptors while Kyle Lowrie had 11 points.
Despite of being successful in their push to force two added extra periods in the match, the Bucks was unable to sustain their momentum to put Toronto in a 3-0 hole in front of the latter's home crowd.
Veteran George Hill topscored for Milwaukee with 24 points while Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo was held to a dismal haul of just 12 points but managed to grab 23 boards.
Game Four of the Toronto versus Milwaukee contest will continue on Wednesday (Philippine time) in the home stadium of the Raptors.
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