National Basketball Association
Milwaukee at Toronto
When: 8:30 PM ET, Saturday, May 25, 2019
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
The Toronto Raptors look to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history when they host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday. The Raptors have won the past three contests, including a 105-99 road win on Thursday that enabled them to take a 3-2 series lead.
Star small forward Kawhi Leonard poured in 35 points for his fourth 30-point outing of the series and has provided Toronto with the big-time performances the club was looking for when it acquired him from the San Antonio Spurs. "I'm not afraid of the moment," Leonard told reporters afterward. "This is what I work out for in the summer. I'm just trying to win. It's a matter of me being aggressive and don't shy away from anything." Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points in the untimely defeat but he was adamant that his team will still win the series. "We're not going to fold," Antetokounmpo said afterward. "Come on, man. Best team in the league, man. We're not going to fold. We're going to go in and give it everything we've got. We can't fold. We're going to come back to Milwaukee." TV:
8:30 p.m. ET, TNT, Sportsnet One (Toronto)ABOUT THE BUCKS:
Milwaukee won a league-best 60 games in the regular season, which is why Antetokounmpo and others are bullish that the club's resiliency will ensure that a fourth loss doesn't occur. "I mean, if we don't have it now, our season is done," guard Malcolm Brogdon told reporters. "We've been resilient all year, and we're going to rely on each other and lean on each other as we've done all year, and go out and compete as hard as we can." Brogdon had 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in Game 5 while point guard Eric Bledsoe scored a series-best 20.
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Backup point guard Fred VanVleet scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers in the Game 5 victory and is 10-for-12 from long range over the last two games after being 2-for-11 over the first three games. "Feels like I'm getting more better looks, more open looks, and as you make them, your teammates start to look for you more and more and the game kind of opens up all at once," VanVleet said after Game 5. "Just staying confident, staying in there ready to knock them down when I get the opportunity, and just staying locked in." Starting point guard Kyle Lowry was just 4-of-11 shooting but scored 17 points and is averaging 19.6 in the series.BUZZER BEATERS
1. Leonard made five 3-pointers in Game 5 for the third time this postseason.
2. Milwaukee SF Khris Middleton had just six points on 2-of-9 shooting in Game 5 after scoring 30 on 11-of-15 shooting in Game 4.
3. Toronto PF Pascal Siakam had his second double-double of the series in Game 5 (14 points, 13 rebounds) and is averaging 13.8 points and seven boards.PREDICTION:
Bucks 115, Raptors 109
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