The Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors are locked in a fierce battle for supremacy in the Eastern Conference. The latest episode in this drama played out in Game 5 in Milwaukee on Thursday night.
Though some famous fans were in attendance for the Bucks, their foes were ready to fight, and the Raptors were able to withstand an early Bucks deluge. Toronto overcame multiple deficits throughout the game to pull off an improbable upset on Milwaukee’s home floor.
Toronto earned the victory by a final margin of 105-99, which gave the Bucks their first and only three-game losing streak of the entire season – regular season or playoffs:
Raptors did what no other team could tonight pic.twitter.com/cUBakeHiOv
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 24, 2019
This swoon couldn’t come at a worse time for the Bucks. Despite being up by 10 after the first quarter, the home team was unable to hold that sizable lead; it coughed up most of it in the second quarter. Milwaukee was up by three heading into the second half.
The third quarter was played to a standstill, but in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, the Raptors went on a 10-0 run in just over two and a half minutes to go up by eight at 89-81. Though the Bucks would fight back and tie the game at 93 apiece with 2:44 remaining, the Raps ended the game on a 12-6 run to end the Bucks’ chances.
This is a supremely difficult loss for the Bucks, who were the class of the NBA in the regular season and did not lose three games in a row all season.
The team must bounce back quickly if it wishes to force a Game 7. Game 6 will be in the unfriendly confines of Toronto’s ScotiaBank Arena on Saturday night.