Raptors Defeat Bucks, Advance To First NBA Finals In Franchise History

The Toronto Raptors made history Saturday night.

Led by Kawhi Leonard’s game-high 27 points and 17 rebounds, the Raptors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history with a 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Despite a 15-point deficit late in the third quarter, the Raptors rallied for an unforgettable come-from-behind victory to finish off the series in which they won four straight games.

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Pascal Siakam scored 18 points, Kyle Lowry added 17 and Fred VanVleet chipped in with 14 points and several timely 3-pointers to help the Raptors go on a 26-3 run in the second half to take back the lead.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks in the loss. The Bucks, the top seed in the East, saw another disappointing season come to an end as they missed out on another NBA Finals berth.

With the series win, the Raptors will now host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Toronto swept Golden State in the regular season.

After sweeping the Portland Trailblazers, the Warriors come into Thursday’s NBA Finals game for the fifth consecutive season and have won the past two championships.

NBA Finals Schedule

Game 1: Thursday, May 30, at Toronto, 6 p.m. PT
Game 2: Sunday, June 2, at Toronto, 5 p.m. PT
Game 3: Wednesday, June 5, at Golden State, 6 p.m. PT
Game 4: Friday, June 7, at at Golden State, 6 p.m. PT
Game 5*: Monday, June 10, at Toronto, 6 p.m. PT
Game 6*: Thursday, June 13, at at Golden State, 6 p.m. PT
Game 7*: Sunday, June 16, at Toronto, 5 p.m. PT
*If necessary

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