Tomas Karageorgos | Report
After defeating the Milwaukee Bucks four straight times to win the conference finals 4-2, the Toronto Raptors will play in the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history.
Kawhi Leonard led the way with 27 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, including four important offensive rebounds, he also had seven assists. Pascal Siakam who is nominated for the most improved played in the NBA scored 18 points. Kyle Lowry scored 17 points including three 3-pointers.
The Raptors bench stepped up again for a combined 32 points. Fred VanVleet scored 14, while Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka had nine each.
The Milwaukee Bucks had a different lineup in games 4, 5, and 6 as Nikola Mirotić came off the bench in 4 and 5, and did not play in game 6. Malcom Brogdon started in his place. Brogdon scored 10 points on Saturday. Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded a double-double as he had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Brook Lopez scored most of his 18 points in the paint during play and at the free-throw line. Khris Middleton had 14. Ersan Ilysova and George Hill had 13 and 10 points respectively.
Here are some key Raptors plays from the game.
This win was not only significant because it sent the Raptors to the finals for the first time, but it was also the team’s 100th playoff game.
Here are some stats regarding the Raptors and playoff history.
The Golden State Warriors will try to win the NBA championship for the third-straight year but this time it will be against a new opponent. Here’s how the two teams match up.
The city of Toronto along with the country of Canada will be behind to support the Raptors every step of the way as they look to make NBA history.
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