As they returned to their homecourt, it was expected that the Toronto Raptors would come out swinging. Head Coach Nick Nurse had hinted at possible lineup changes, but it was more of a smoke screen as he stuck with his same starting lineup but had different defensive matchup. It started well as the Raptors got off to a fast start and forced multiple Bucks turnovers. Milwaukee’s sloppy play combined with good offensive performances from Marc Gasol and Norm Powell had the Raptors cruising in the first. Milwaukee was able to get a handle on the game in the second quarter but still trailed heading into halftime. Milwaukee improved in the third half thanks to Brook Lopez, Malcolm Brogdon and George Hill to slim the lead to just two heading into the 4th. Giannis was able to get a quick five points and Milwaukee was able to tie the game at some point. Both teams traded baskets and Toronto extend the lead to five with a little over a minute left. Khris Middleton tied the game at 96 and forced the game into overtime! Both teams couldn’t get a basket until Danny Green hit a three which was followed by a George Hill three. Toronto had a four point lead but Milwaukee was able to tie it again with 14.5 seconds left and Kawhi missed the shot to take it into double OT. Giannis fouled out and left it to the rest of the team but they couldn’t power through. The Bucks would go on to lose 112-118 and Game 4 is on Tuesday.
Stat that stood out: 8 turnovers
The Bucks did themselves no favors with accumulating five turnovers in the first quarter alone and 20 total. Giannis was the worst culprit with 8 turnovers while also fouling out and had his worst playoff game since Game 1 against the Celtics.