LOS ANGELES, USA – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a convincing 125-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors for a 2-0 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 17 (Saturday, May 18, Philippine time).
The top-seeded Bucks, who rallied to win Game 2 of the best-of-seven series, never trailed and led by as many as 28 points to double their lead in the series, which moves to Toronto for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday. (READ: Bucks slaughter Raptors for 2-0 East lead)
The Bucks made sure the Raptors never got a sniff, roaring to an 18-point lead in the 1st quarter on the back of 9 quick points from Nikola Mirotic and a 12-0 scoring run late in the period.
Milwaukee led by 25 points, 64-39, at halftime, with Ersan Ilyasova contributing 15 and Malcolm Brogdon 12 off the Bucks’ bench as the hosts’ reserves outscored Toronto’s 31-11 in the first half.
Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 31 points. He came out firing in the 3rd quarter but despite his aggression, the Raptors never got the deficit below 13. – With a report from Agence France-Presse
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