After many months, it all comes down to the Milwaukee Bucks trying to save their season in game six on Saturday, after dropping to a 3-2 disadvantage following a 105-99 loss. The Bucks staked themselves to a 32-22 advantage behind a brisk pace and crisper offensive execution after one period. A horrific shooting start to the second for both teams resulted in a 49-46 halftime lead for the Bucks. A sudden Fred VanVleet hot streak kept Toronto in it for the third, with Milwaukee coming out at a 75-72 advantage. The Raptors wound up hitting some clutch shots in the end, while Milwaukee made some foolish errors and will need a win in game six to save this campaign.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was plenty aggressive, but still looked like he was having issues against Toronto’s defense. He ended with 24 points, six rebounds and six assists on just 9-18 shooting. He needs a career game on Saturday to save his team’s season.
Khris Middleton was completely stymied as a shooter with only six points, but stuffed the box score in other ways with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Malcolm Brogdon bounced back from his game four with 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Eric Bledsoe started out aggressive and ended with 20 points, but on just 6-14 from the field.
Kawhi Leonard was an absolute monster for the Raptors in all facets of the game, going for 35 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. He shot just 11-25, but made plenty of timely threes including 5-8 from deep. Fred VanVleet translated his hot streak from north of the border, going for 21 points including 7-9 from deep.
Stat that Stood Out
41.9% to 32.9%. What else could it be. Despite the Raptors shooting well worse than the Bucks from the field (45.2% to 36.9%), their prolific 3-point percentage kept them in it the whole game to give them the unfortunate victory for Bucks fans everywhere.