Raptors thump Bucks to level NBA Eastern Conference finals at 2-2


The Raptors came, saw, and conquered in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals as they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 120-102, tying the series up at 2-2.

In what many thought would be a neck-to-neck series, the Golden State Warriors have swept the Portland Trail Blazers and are headed to their 5th straight NBA Finals and will be facing the Toronto Raptors or the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals.

With their best player in Kawhi Leonard only contributing 19 points, the difference maker in Game 4 was the Raptors' reserves.

Norman Powell scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 13 rebounds and Fred Van Fleet chipped in with 13 points.

For just the fifth time in franchise history and the first time since 1980, the Milwaukee Bucks won 60 games and earned the top-seed in the Eastern Conference behind their star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

"I guess my only answer for that is I just wasn't feeling that as a good lineup at the particular time", Nurse said of getting to that big lineup.

The same could be said for the Raptors as a whole throughout these playoffs.

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But while the Raptors were still feeding off Leonard, they knew they needed to support him more than they had been. Leonard played through leg soreness in Game 3. "Everybody on their team, I feel like they got pretty much whatever they wanted".

The Raptors outscored the Bucks by 29 points during the 32 minutes in which Norman Powell was on the floor in Game 4. Then the Bucks overwhelmed the Raptors in Game 2 with a 125-103 win to take a 2-0 series lead back to Toronto.

"You know, Kawhi plays at his own pace, and sometimes, it's hard to know", Ibaka said. But, again, he's got tremendous will.

Two home wins gave the Raptors some breathing room as they head back to Milwaukee, but Lowry said they'd done nothing more than hold serve. Game 5 will tip off Thursday at 8:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm PT. They passed it. They made open shots. Will they be ready?

"I'm just confident in myself", Leonard told TNT.

The series returns to Toronto for Game 6 on Saturday.