TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam felt responsible a few pair of missed free throws and the additional minutes they added to his teammates’ night time.
Fortunately for Siakam and the remainder of the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard didn’t appear to really feel any fatigue.
Leonard scored 36 factors, together with eight within the second time beyond regulation, and Toronto beat Milwaukee 118-112 on Sunday night time to chop the Bucks’ lead within the Eastern Conference finals to 2-1.
Leonard made 11 of 25 pictures and went 12 for 13 on the free throw line in additional than 52 minutes of motion, a playoff profession excessive.
“At the end of the game, Kawhi said he played an hour of basketball,” Siakam mentioned. “I told him ‘My bad.’”
Leonard had 9 rebounds and 5 assists regardless of showing to be bothered by some leg discomfort. He mentioned he would maintain combating and taking part in.
“I mean, it’s 52 minutes and it’s in the playoffs, so you definitely feel it. When you play 30 minutes, you feel it still,” Leonard mentioned. “Just got to not worry about it, get my treatment and move on to the next one.”
Leonard’s earlier profession excessive in playoff minutes was 46, set with San Antonio towards Miami in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on June 18, 2013. The Spurs misplaced that sport in time beyond regulation, then misplaced Game 7 two days later.
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Siakam had 25 factors and 11 rebounds, Norman Powell scored 19 factors earlier than fouling out, and Marc Gasol had 16 factors and 12 rebounds. The Raptors will attempt to attract even once they host Game 4 on Tuesday night time.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 factors and 23 rebounds earlier than fouling out with 4:24 to go within the second time beyond regulation. Antetokounmpo shot 5 for 16.
“They were just playing better than us,” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “Whenever we got close, they’d hit some shots and take the lead back to seven or eight. At the end of the day, it wasn’t our best game. We can get a lot better.”
Toronto received regardless of guards Kyle Lowry and Powell each fouling out within the fourth quarter. Siakam additionally missed a pair of free throws with 7.4 seconds left in regulation that might have iced the sport for the Raptors.
“It’s tough,” Siakam mentioned. “Those are shots that you practice and think about every day.”
Siakam redeemed himself by blocking a possible tying shot by Brook Lopez with 43 seconds to go within the second time beyond regulation, resulting in a layup for Leonard that put Toronto up 114-110 with simply over 30 seconds to play.
George Hill scored 24 factors and Malcolm Brogdon had 20 for the Bucks, who misplaced for the primary time in 5 highway video games this postseason. Milwaukee is 10-2 total within the playoffs.
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“We were right on the cusp of winning a game when we didn’t play that well,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned.
The Raptors led 103-99 with 1:26 to go within the first time beyond regulation however Hill tied it at 103 by making a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left. Toronto used its closing timeout to attract up a play for Leonard, who let the clock run all the way down to 3 seconds earlier than driving for a jumper that missed, sending it to a second further interval.
Hill’s tiebreaking basket to start the second time beyond regulation put Milwaukee up 105-103, its first lead for the reason that opening basket of the sport.
Gasol answered with a 3 and Leonard completed a quick break with a left-handed dunk, placing Toronto up 108-105 with 3:13 left.
Khris Middleton shot 3 for 16, however considered one of his baskets tied the rating with 2.2 seconds to go in regulation. He completed with 9 factors.
After suggesting Saturday that he would possibly change his lineup, Raptors coach Nick Nurse caught along with his regular starters, however gave Powell 30 minutes, probably the most he’s performed in any sport this postseason.
“We just played a lot tougher, man,” Nurse mentioned. “We were up guarding and we were physical and we were ready to play tonight.”
Toronto fell behind 9-0 early in a blowout loss in Game 2, however turned that round in Game 3. After Antetokounmpo made a layup for the opening basket of the sport, Siakam replied with a hook shot, Gasol adopted with a 3 and the Raptors didn’t path once more in regulation.
Powell scored 10 factors on 5 pictures within the first, together with a pair of 3-pointers, and Toronto led 30-21. Gasol, who had eight factors in Games 1 and 2 mixed, additionally made two from lengthy vary and scored eight within the first.
“After a tough Game 2 personally, you want to come out and get rid of the bad taste,” Gasol mentioned.
Gasol performed with 5 fouls for a part of the fourth quarter and your complete time beyond regulation.
“He’s a big reason why they were able to win,” Budenholzer mentioned.
Leonard scored 11 factors within the second and Lowry added eight, however Pat Connaughton made two of Milwaukee’s 5 3-pointers because the Bucks closed the hole. The Raptors led 58-51 at halftime.
Toronto took a slender 77-75 lead into the fourth.
Bucks: Milwaukee made six turnovers within the first quarter, resulting in 10 factors for the Raptors. They completed with 20, resulting in 21 factors for Toronto. … The Bucks shot 7 for 21 within the opening quarter. Five of their made baskets have been 3-pointers.
Raptors: Toronto’s Danny Green missed his first eight pictures earlier than hitting a tiebreaking 3 to open the scoring within the first time beyond regulation. … The Raptors recorded an help on 17 of their first 18 baskets. … Gasol had 4 assists within the first quarter. He completed with seven. … Comedian Mike Myers attended the sport.
Antetokounmpo and Lopez every made 5 area objectives, however no different Bucks starter had greater than three. Milwaukee’s starters shot 19 for 69, with Middleton and Bledsoe every going 3 for 16.
“Just one of those games,” Hill mentioned. “We’re not worried about it.”
VanVleet wanted stitches to shut a minimize beneath his left eye after he caught an elbow late within the sport.
Leonard entered having made 20 consecutive free throws. He made his first of the sport however missed the second. Lowry holds the Raptors’ playoff report for consecutive free throws, making 25 straight in 2014.
Game 4 is Tuesday night time in Toronto.