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    Raptors recover from blowing 25-point lead to finish off Bucks, seal conference semis duel vs Cavs

    by the web
    Apr 28, 2017

    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.

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    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. 

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