THE Toronto Raptors withstood a furious fourth quarter rally from the Milwaukee Bucks that erased a 25-point lead to close out their first-round playoff series, 4-2, with a 92-89 in Game 6 on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
DeMar DeRozan sparked a 17-4 run in the middle of the third to give Toronto its biggest lead, 71-46, but Milwaukee refused to fold.
Jason Terry’s triple capped a 19-4 start in the fourth quarter, part of a 34-7 run that rallied them back from 25 points down in the third period to take the lead, 80-78, with 3:05 to play.
But the Raptors found unlikely heroes in Patrick Patterson and Cory Joseph, with the latter hitting a big triple with 1:27 to play to put Toronto back ahead 85-82. DeRozan then extended the gap with a dunk and Joseph hit two more crucial free throws after a costly Bucks turnover to take an 89-82 advantage with only 33 seconds left.
Khris Middleton got clipped shooting a triple but missed one of three free throws to trim the gap to five. Terry then came up with a block on DeRozan before hitting a clutch triple to keep the Bucks in the game, 89-87, with 16 ticks in regulation.
DeRozan kept the door open for the Bucks after splitting his charities, but Milwaukee went with a Giannis Antetokounmpo slam than a game-tying triple. After DeRozan drilled two more free throws, Patterson sealed the series-clinching win with a steal off Tony Snell.
DeRozan led Toronto with 32 points. Kyle Lowry was the only other Raptors player in double figures with 13.
Antetokounmpo had a game-high 34 points but was gassed out late after playing 47 minutes. Middleton added 19 markers.
Toronto advanced to the Eastern Conference semis to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.