Raptors take 3-2 series lead

Up 19 points in the first half the Raptors saw their lead cut to nine by halftime. However, Toronto would not surrender the lead this time as they built their lead back up to as much as 21 in the second half. Kyle Lowry was held out of pregame warm-ups due to a sore back however, he would remain in the starting line-up and play. Lowry would play 36 minutes and score 16 points to accompany 10 assists.

It was a night where the Raptors moved the ball and the extra pass was one that the Bucks could not keep up with. Serge Ibaka would chip-in 19 points, six rebounds and three blocks as he was the benefit of the ball movement early for the Raptors. The entire Raptors starting five scored in double-digits while Norman Powell led all Raptors in scoring with 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

The Bucks would shoot 50-percent from the field (45-percent from three) however, the Raptors shot 57-percent from the field instead. The Bucks improved their shooting in game five but was overpowered by Toronto’s ability to find the open man which led to open knock down shots for the Raptors.

It was Giannis Antetokounmpo returning to lead the Bucks in game five. He would finish with 30 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks. Malcolm Brogdon (19 points) and Greg Monroe (11 points) were the only other two Bucks to score in double figures.

Running away in the fourth quarter the Raptors would eventually push their lead to 28 points as the game high. Norman Powell threw down an emphasizing dunk with under a minute left in the fourth to send the Raptors fans in a frenzy as “We the North” heads to Milwaukee in hopes of returning without the antlers for a potential game seven.

Game six is on Thursday in Milwaukee. Tip-off time TBD.

Chevall Kanhai
Baseline Times Staff Writer