The Milwaukee Bucks did not survive their do-or-die game against the Toronto Raptors as they fell short, 92-89, and were eliminated in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series on Thursday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo started off scoring the first 8 points for the Bucks but it was the only bright spot for Milwaukee in the first half. They looked lifeless and even trailed by 25 points before fourth quarter.
However, it ended with a nail-biter as they had a good run in the remaining minutes of the game. Milwaukee forced turnovers leading to great plays for Middleton and Jason Terry who gave the Bucks the lead in some point of time during the closing minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks outscored the Toronto Raptors, 28-18, but It wasn't enough as the Raptors still came up on top.
Demar Derozan led the Raptors, scoring 32 points in 12-24 shooting and added a defensive effort of 5 steals while Lowry had 13 points. Jonas Valanciunas was a plus-15 at halftime while playing just 13 minutes. He excelled as the screener on the pick-and-roll with DeMar DeRozan.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored his playoff-high 34 points and played for 46 minutes in the game however, Antetokounmpo struggled in the foul line as he shot 7-13. Khris Middleton added 19 points and five assists.
The Raptors advance to conference semis and will face the defending champions, Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Game 1 of Cavaliers and Raptors series is on Monday night in Cleveland at 7 EST.