Milwaukee has hammered house a 2-Zero sequence benefit towards the Raptors with a demoralising 125-103 win in Sport 2 of the japanese convention finals sequence.
The end result pushes Raptors famous person Kawi Leonard nearer to free company and nearer to a possible exit from Toronto â€” and the Milwaukee followers had been solely too blissful to remind the guests of the elephant within the room.
Leonard has established himself as arguably the most important star heading into free company this low season after his heroics earlier within the playoffs, together with his unstoppable performances towards Philadelphia.
He has continued that sizzling streak towards the Bucks, however his workforce has been alarmingly uncovered by the bullies from Milwaukee.
Leonard put up 31 factors and eight rebounds within the recreation two loss, however his workforce was by no means within the combat.
Giannis Antetekounmpo, who was earlier within the day named as one in all three MVP finalists for this seasonâ€™s MVP awards, was additionally each bit as unstoppable.
The Greek Freak had 30 factors and 17 rebounds because the Bucks blew Toronto off their house courtroom.
The heavy defeat for the Raptors was highlighted by a savage crowd chant from Milwaukee the place the followers chanted a suggestion that Leonard will probably be heading to the Lakers or Clippers this low season.
Each Los Angeles franchises have been linked with making a play for the previous Spurs star.
As Leonard stepped as much as the free throw line within the second half, the gang was heard chanting â€œLAâ€™s callingâ€ on repeat.
Bucks followers chant “LA’s calling” at Kawhi pic.twitter.com/V9vrVeWRxi
â€” The Render (@TheRenderNBA) Might 18, 2019
It was the bottom level of the Raptorsâ€™ playoffs marketing campaign to this point. Solely Kyle Lowry was in a position to supply Leonard some assistance on offense as he put up 15 factors.
Antetekounmpo, in the meantime, had assist from everywhere in the courtroom.
Six Bucks gamers scored greater than 10 factors and so they had been in a position to sub on their prolonged bench late within the fourth quarter when the sport had already been put to mattress.
Antetekounmpo might have scored loads extra, however was managed with simply 34 minutes on the ground.
His 30 factors, 17 boards and 5 assists makes him the primary Bucks participant to attain that statline within the playoffs since franchise legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who achieved the feat 10 occasions, based on ESPN, earlier than he left the Bucks in 1975.
Giannis Antetokounmpo turns into the 2nd participant in Bucks historical past with 25 factors, 15 rebounds & 5 assists in a playoff recreation.
He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had 10 such video games. pic.twitter.com/wtBBYWEZKZ
â€” ESPN Stats & Data (@ESPNStatsInfo) Might 18, 2019
The highest-seeded Bucks, who rallied to win recreation one of many best-of-seven sequence, by no means trailed and led by as many as 28 factors.
â€œMentally, we had been prepared for this recreation,â€ Antetokounmpo stated.
â€œAs soon as the sport began, we did an awesome job setting the tone. We knew Toronto was going to come back and attempt to play laborious and attempt to get one at our place.â€
The Bucks made positive the Raptors by no means obtained a sniff, roaring to an 18-point lead within the first quarter on the again of 9 fast factors from Nikola Mirotic and a 12-Zero scoring run late within the interval.
Milwaukee led by 25 factors, 64-39, at halftime, with Ersan Ilyasova contributing 15 and Malcolm Brogdon 12 off the Bucksâ€™ bench because the hostsâ€™ bench out-scored Torontoâ€™s 31-11 within the first half.