Bucks' late comeback ensures Game 1 win over Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals

Brook Lopez scored 29 points as the Milwaukee Bucks staged a late rally to defeat the Toronto Raptors 108-100 in the opening game of their NBA Eastern Conference finals clash on Wednesday.

Lopez helped spark a run of 10 unanswered points in the final three minutes as the Bucks fought back from 100-98 down to claim a crucial victory in front of their home fans at the Fiserv Forum.

Two free throws from Kawhi Leonard had nudged Toronto into a 100-98 lead as the clock wound down on a pulsating opening instalment of the best-of-seven series.

But a Lopez dunk gave the Bucks a 101-100 lead and then a three-pointer from the towering 31-year-old took Milwaukee four points clear.

Two free throws apiece from Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton completed the scoring as the Bucks pulled away to win.

Lopez was backed by 24 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who also hauled down 14 rebounds with six assists.

Middleton had 11 points with 11 rebounds while Malcolm Brogdon delivered a vital 15 points from the bench.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer praised the overall contribution of the team but singled out Lopez for special praise.

The Raptors meanwhile will take positives from the form of Kawhi Leonard, who once again looked poised to single-handedly drag Toronto over the line.

Leonard finished with 31 points, nine rebounds and two assists while point guard Kyle Lowry was similarly impressive with 30 points and eight rebounds.

Pascal Siakam added 15 points while Marc Gasol delivered another impressive defensive display with 12 rebounds and two blocks.

However Lowry was left ruing the Raptors inability to make a 13-point early lead count. Toronto also paid the price for being outscored 32-17 in the fourth quarter.

Game two in the series takes place on Friday, where Raptors will be looking to level things.


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