Match Extends To Overtime As Toronto Raptors Win Game 3 of NBA Conference Finals
Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points playing 52 minutes for Toronto Raptors as the game was extended to two overtime periods.
On Sunday night, serious drama unfolded at the basketball court in Scotiabank Arena with game-3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals extending to a couple of overtime periods. Kawhi Leonard led the scoreboard despite injury struggles and some crucial defensive errors were committed by Milwaukee Bucks.
Toronto Raptors Hold on to Play-offs Qualification
With the Milwaukee Bucks winning their two home games, Raptors desperately needed to win the third game to reduce the mounting pressure on their qualification hopes. Playing at Scotiabank Arena, their home turf, the Raptors had a flying start having a nine-point lead in the first quarter.
They maintained their dominance in the second quarter too, with the score line ending at 58-51 in the first half.
A Resurgent Bucks in the Second Half
Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton of Milwaukee Bucks shouldered the responsibility of steering their team with an array of brilliant lay-ups and three pointers. They scored 24 points in the third quarter alone, five more than Raptors. The Bucks were trailing only by two points going into the final quarter.
Both the teams were on a scoring spree in the fourth quarter and the score line was tied at 91 points, with two minutes left to play. As the game was nearing its end with just seven seconds remaining, the Bucks committed a defensive foul. Fortunes were in a feud with Pascal Siakam, as the Bucks forward failed to score in the free throw-ins. Had he scored, Raptors would have won the game in normal time. As a result, the game had to be extended to overtime, with the scoreboard tied at 96 points.
Bucks Lacked Focus in the Second Overtime
The match was extended to overtime for the first time in NBA finals this season. The first overtime was an even contest with both teams scoring seven points each. Tied at 103, the game was further extended to the second overtime.
Though the first three minutes of the five-minute overtime duration was a neck and neck contest between both the teams, the Bucks made some crucial errors in the final minutes. With just two minutes left in the overtime, the Raptors capitalised on the Bucks’ defensive blunders. Two mistakes within a minute left Bucks trailing by four points. The Raptors contained them in the remaining time, with the score line ending at 118-112. The series stands at 2-1 with four games to be played.