Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and added five assists as the Milwaukee Bucks took command early in defeating the visiting Toronto Raptors 125-103 on Friday night to grab a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
- Points: Kawhi Leonard - 31
- Assists: Kyle Lowry - 4
- Rebounds: Serge Ibaka - 10
- Points: Giannis Antetokounmpo - 30
- Assists: Eric Bledsoe - 7
- Rebounds: Giannis Antetokounmpo - 17
Bucks lead series 2-0
Milwaukee Bucks 2-0 Toronto Raptors
- Game 1: Raptors 100-108 Bucks | Report | Box Score
- Game 2: Raptors 103-125 Bucks | Report | Box Score
- Game 3: Bucks @ Raptors, May 20, 12am
- Game 4: Bucks @ Raptors, May 22, 1:30am
- Game 5 if necessary: Raptors @ Bucks, May 24, 1:30am
- Game 6 if necessary: Bucks @ Raptors, May 26, 1:30am
- Game 7 if necessary: Raptors @ Bucks, May 28, 1:30am
- All games broadcast live on Sky Sports Arena
The next two games will be played Sunday and Tuesday in Toronto.
Ersan Ilyasova added 17 points off the bench for the Bucks. Nikola Mirotic had 15 points, Malcolm Brogdon 14, George Hill 13 and Khris Middleton 12. Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and had eight rebounds for the Raptors. Kyle Lowry added 15 points, Norman Powell had 14 points, and Serge Ibaka contributed eight points and 10 rebounds.
The Bucks, who never trailed on the night, led by as many as 28 points in the third quarter and entered the fourth with a 17-point advantage.
The Raptors cut the deficit to 15 on Leonard's lay-up and free throw with 6:10 to play, but Antetokounmpo quickly answered with his own three-point play.
Toronto's Pascal Siakam fouled out with 5:17 to go, finishing the game with eight points.
The Bucks scored the first nine points of the game, led by as many as 18 points in the first quarter and were ahead 35-21 after 12 minutes.
The Raptors pulled within 12 during the second quarter, but the Bucks turned it on again and took a 19-point lead when Ilyasova nailed a three-pointer with 4:58 remaining in the first half.
The Bucks led 64-39 at half-time, shooting 48.9 per cent from the field while the Raptors shot 36.6 per cent. For the game, Milwaukee outshot Toronto 46.7 per cent to 42.5 per cent.
Antetokounmpo opened the third quarter with a lay-up and a free throw, bumping the lead to 28.
The Raptors had trimmed the margin to 23 with 9:26 left in the third when they encountered foul trouble with Siakam picking up his fifth personal foul.
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Fred VanVleet made a five-footer with 3:52 remaining, and Milwaukee's lead had dwindled to 13.
The Bucks got the gap back to 19, however, on consecutive lay-ups by Hill late in the third.
Toronto's Jodie Meeks ended the third quarter with a three-pointer to cut Milwaukee's lead to 95-78.
Game 3 takes place in Toronto late on Sunday night (midnight) live on Sky Sports Arena.