MILWAUKEE – As the final seconds of the third quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finale blew, Toronto Raptors striker Pascal Siakam took the ball out for the ball. At the last moment and still a few paces behind the 3-point line, he rose and shot over the outstretched arm of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. The ball fell quietly through the net as the buzzer sounded.
The basket took the Raptors 83:76 in the lead after three quarters and seemed ready to steal the home seed's top seed bucks. Instead, it turned out that every Raptor not called Kyle Lowry scored the final field goal on Wednesday night.
Instead of taking the lead early in the series, the Raptors saw the Bucks outscore them by 32-1
"Pretty frustrating," said Lowry. "Fourth quarter killed us … They beat us in the fourth quarter, they got a bit more aggressive, they made some good punches, some good games."
"It's shit if you lose like that , But we had a chance. We have to learn from it, make an adjustment. [We have to] stay calm … not too high, not too low. Watch the movie and get better.
The fourth-quarter movie will highlight an ugly picture: Lowry was fantastic, went down 5 to 7 and scored 14 of his 30 points alone in the last 12 minutes.The rest of the Raptors was The other seven Toronto players who saw time in the fourth combination went from ground level 0-15, including 0-7-3 points, with the only other points in free throws by Kawhi Leonard (two) and Siakam (one).
"A couple of key turnovers," Leonard said after finishing 31 points but 0-3 and only two points in fourth. "Missed some simple layups, some wide open 3s , And we did not play well in defense. … They achieved their highest quarter-points in the fourth quarter. [That] summarizes it pretty much. "
Toronto saw the first lead in the fourth, in the first two minutes as Leonard sat on the bench, melt away as the Raptors had three open glances – a Norman Powell layup, a Fred VanVleet- Midrange from the top of the key and then a VanVleet 3 pointer from the wing – but none of them went in.
At the other end, Milwaukee – with a combined 6-for-34 of 3-point range went into the first three quarters – Brook Lopez (who ended up with a team high of 29 points and eleven rebounds and four blocks) and Nikola Mirotic gave two free throws to First Lead since the beginning of the first quarter.
And while the teams in the last few minutes – for the most part thanks to Lowry's exploits – went back and forth after Leonard had used two free throws to score 100-98 with 3 remaining, the Bucks scored the last 10 to seal the victory, and Toronto missed the last eight shots se during this period, including five 3-point shots.
Milwaukee controlled the paint during the game and won points in the paint (44-26), second chance (24-13) points and quick break points (25-15). At the same time, Toronto's 12 turn into 20 points. Meanwhile, the Raptors, who were not named Leonard or Lowry, finished off a combined 14-for-51 from the ground.
"It's going to be an interesting series," said Siakam, who finished with 15 points 6-for-20 from the field. "And we know we had a chance to win tonight, we felt like we could have had this game, but obviously we do not have it, and thanks, they came back and took the game away."  "But it's a long series, and we have to jump back and get better in the next game if we want to get out of here with a win.
Perhaps the Survival of Toronto has provoked a bit of fatigue after an exhausting seven-game series The Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference semi-finals won the Raptors thanks to Leonard's incredible Summer Beater Sunday night and prepare you at home Milwaukee certainly looked like the fresher team on the track.
From Toronto However, from the point of view, it was irrelevant why this game evolved the way it ultimately did Having taken over control of this series from the start had been wasted, and now the Raptors have no choice but to try and find a way to put themselves in a similar position when these teams get into play 2 of those seven on Friday night
"Each of these games is crucial," said Raptors coach Nick Nurse, "I thought we had a tough night tonight played, mostly hard in basketball.
"We took the chance to win a game on the road in the final of the Eastern Conference, it did not turn out, and we've put in a lot of work, but you'll submit it and bring in more work next time. "
" We need to rest here tonight, focus Find some adjustments in our film and create a certain amount of self-confidence, "added Sister." But once it's done, look at Game 2 we have to be tough to prepare. "